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Is Meditation Beneficial?

By David Brandt Berg

In a sense, meditation is really prayer, it's getting in tune with the spiritual. It stands to reason and follows logically that if you obey God's physical or even psychological laws, you will receive certain benefits from them. God has certain universal laws which just work, it seems, no matter who practices them.

There are a lot of scriptures about being quiet and still: "Aspire to lead a quiet life", "Be still, and know that I am God", and "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength" (1Thessalonians 4:11; Psalm 46:10; Isaiah 30:15).--And for people in this modern world to get quiet is quite a trick, because they're usually living in the midst of confusion and noise! And they're just bound to benefit if they follow any of God's natural laws, and one of them is that if you just be still and get quiet and sort of try to tune in to His natural forces of the spiritual, you will gain some strength from it and a certain amount of peace.

There's all kinds of evidence that people receive certain benefits from meditation, but of course at the same time it's dangerous in that they can tune in to the wrong spiritual forces while in that spiritual state! When getting in tune with the spiritual, getting into a spiritual state, you can go either direction, up or down!" There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death!" (Proverbs 14:12).

Many of the devotees and promoters of the various forms of meditation try to hide the religious aspects and the religious flavor in order to present it as a science to appeal to those who have been disillusioned with religion and are sick of religious things and churches, etc. And by presenting them with a system or technique of behavior, being quiet and just getting away from the noise and hubbub of the world and interest in materialism and so forth, in that respect they're obeying one of God's natural laws, which does bestow its benefits of greater tranquility.

If you just obey God's natural laws of health and foods or His laws of giving and so on, you'll get the benefits, whether you're a believer in God or not, or whether you're religious or not! Getting quiet and thinking good thoughts is one of God's natural laws, the power of positive thinking! You think on good things, as St. Paul taught, and you're going to receive good benefits from it (Philippians 4:8). If you sit in quietness and in confidence and try to get rid of bad thoughts and negative thoughts and you try to think on good things and quiet things and non-worldly things, you're bound to get the natural benefits of it, because you're moving in harmony with God's natural laws of His creation.

Peace and quiet is one of God's recommended states that has its natural benefits. So to get peaceful and quiet and think good things is bound to have certain natural creative benefits, because it's simply following certain of God's natural spiritual laws. Now that may sound like a contradiction, because some people make a distinction between the natural and the spiritual, but to us, spiritual things come naturally. In other words, the so-called supernatural things are natural to God, such as miracles etc., and those come to pass through simply obeying God's spiritual laws, so that in the world of the spirit, you might say, they're natural.

Through meditation they get their minds off the material things and the material world and the worries of the world, the noise and confusion of the world, and they try to get in peace and harmony with the natural forces of God's creation, and even the spiritual forces. Therefore meditation is bound to have some good effects. To many Christians things are either all bad or all good! They don't confess that there's any good in any of these other religions and practices. So they lose the arguments, because any person with a bit of sense can see that there is some good in it. And the reason it seems right is because there is some good and some truth and some right in it.