An Inner Measure of Wholeness

Meditation can be about returning to wholeness, about remembering our true God-essence. A clue about this concept can be found in the word ‘meditation’ itself.

‘Meditation’ comes from the Latin mederi, which means ‘to cure’. ‘Mederi’ is also the root for the word ‘medicine’. Mederi has even older Indo-European origins, meaning ‘to measure’.

But this isn’t a measure in the common sense of the word, the process of comparing something to a prescribed standard. Rather it is recognizing that which makes us and all things in the Universe what they are, that which gives us our properties, our inner measure. Meditation is one way of perceiving directly our inward measure, the wholeness of one’s own being, through careful, non-judgmental self-observation.

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.–Albert Einstein

It is essential to engage in a systematic training of the mind through the discipline of meditation practice to free oneself from the incessant distortions that characterize our everyday emotional and thought processes, what Einstein called the optical delusion, that can undermine the experience of our intrinsic wholeness.

Seeing ourselves and our world with eyes of wholeness means recognizing that nothing occurs in isolation. Seeing in this way we can perceive the intrinsic web of interconnectedness underlying any experience and merge with it. Taking this view is healing for ourselves and our world.

As you enter your meditation or spiritual practice next time, connect with your inner measure of wholeness, and let your clear insight ripple out into your world.


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