There's a wonderful story about Milarepa, the Tibetan Buddhist saint who as a young man went out into the world to experience life and returned home to find his house filled with demons. He was angry and afraid at first and wanted to fight them or flee. Instead, he did the unexpected.
First he took a deep breath and bowed. Half of the demons disappeared.
Then he opened his heart and mind, expanded his field of awareness
and out of his mouth came a song that sent away all but one of the
demons. The last demon, snarling fiercely, opened his mouth to consume
Milarepa, but Milarepa placed his head in the demon's mouth. The
What's wonderful about this story is the way Milarepa dispelled
the demons. He "inspired" himself with a deep, calming
breath and expanded into the higher perspectives of peaceful non-resistance.
We can do the same. If we are quiet and wait patiently, magnificent
insights will come to us too. We have only to expand our view, as
ancient people did in watching the constellations move around the
nighttime sky. One day, someone built a wheel and civilization moved
How do we move into the higher mind, which sees farther and more
truly than our ordinary eyes?
Here’s how it works for me. When I take a deep breath, widen
my awareness and wait patiently, my still, small voice beckons me
into the peaceful serenity of my heart. I am drawn by these joyful
feelings into a luminous field of love behind my closed eyes, and
I sit silently, gratefully, in these currents of energy until Earth
meets Heaven in me.
In this stillness of being, I seek not to know why there was an
earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean. I open my heart and
envision light illuminating that part of the world, calming and
purifying earth, sea and sky. In being a channel of blessings, I
too am healed.
Some people consider meditative prayer to be wishful thinking,
yet it is the single most effective way to bring about healing and
peace. More than anything else, the love and light flowing from
us will bring each suffering person the understanding, peace and
healing so badly needed and propel us all into the age of enlightenment
wheeling toward us now.
The amazing research of Dr. Masaru Emoto on water crystals (hado.net)
perfectly illustrates the ability of loving prayer to transmute
diseased water into molecular patterns of exquisite beauty and harmony.
Meditation has the same alchemical effect, according to 600 studies
cited by physicist John Hegelin (permanentpeace.org).
These studies show that the peaceful energies pulsing outward during
meditation build a global brain wave coherence that reduces aggression
and heals the quantum field of consciousness.
So why are our lessons still so painful? My still, small voice
explains that pain, suffering and loss are in no way part of the
natural order. Rather, our resistance to the love flowing through
all things creates an energetic snarl of pain and loss.
Today, the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami are teaching us
how to release our resistance. As we open our hearts and minds to
the victims of this disaster, our empathy moves us into the quantum
field of love, where we become one humanity.
This is the path of oneness taken by all the great mystics and
why the Hindu swami Muktananda said, "Earth, moon, stars and
sun revolve inside me." Rumi, the Sufi poet of Islam, urged
us to immerse ourselves in the glittering cosmic sea of spirit until
our toes begin to say Allah.
The Hebrew prophet Elijah found oneness and divine guidance in
the still, small voice within and so did the Christian prophet Jesus.
In "The Life of St. Issa," an ancient manuscript translated
by a traveler in a Tibetan monastery in the 1880s, Jesus points
us to the voice of the heart and God’s infinite healing and
The universal laws of love will protect us if we live in harmony
with our planet and keep our eyes on the big picture: a wheel inside
a wheel turning us inward to an enlightened new age where we are
one people, one mind, one soul dispelling its demons and coming
to know Itself.
is the editor and publisher of OneWorld Spirit. This article
is reprinted from her series of columns distributed bi-monthly
to bookstores and newspapers across the country. The former
director of a peace and justice group in Baton Rouge, La., Judith
is an internationally published journalist, author and coast-to-coast
teacher of meditation and the evolution of consciousness. In
addition to this e-magazine, she publishes a free e-newsletter
found at www.thestillsmallvoice.org.
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