Enhancing the connection to God

solo's picture



Average: 4.1 (11 votes)

I am looking for methods from various traditions for enhancing the connection with the beyond.

By its nature, it is hard to define this connection in words but all of you are well acquainted with it - the most that can be said is that it comes from the heart or the whole of your presence and links to something unfathomable and mighty in feeling which is sometimes called God.

It leads to enormous trust and bliss, yet it comes and goes as it is only a connection.

I will appreciate if people proficient in diverse paths (yogi, zen, buddism, kriya etc.) will specify techniques which assist in elevating this connection.

Om



john's picture

accept the disconnection and it will vanish

I find the approach in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/trick-increase-trust-and-belief-beyond most effective.

I don't know which tradition it comes from, if any.

john | Sun, 04/19/2009 - 15:13
dhorai's picture

good joke of the day award to jhon...

by the by sir are u a dancer the pics is always dancing...

with love
dhorai.

dhorai | Wed, 07/15/2009 - 15:30
carlito santo's picture

john's suggestion is one of

john's suggestion is one of the most powerful and effective ways to connect to to the beyond. You probably didn't understand it which is so pity.

carlito santo | Sun, 08/25/2013 - 07:13
leo's picture

praying opens the doors

I find asking and praying for this divine connection as very useful and effective.

The very act of praying itself activates the part in you that believes and connects (otherwise you wouldn't even choose to pray in the first place). Moreover, you deserve this connection so much that there is something beyond that immediately answer your pray.

Many times we forget this simple option. Instead of holding all responsibility and control in our hands, open and ask for help from the beyond, from your inner self, from your guiding angels, call this metaphysical layer with whatever name you like and just learn to receive, you deserve it.

leo | Mon, 04/20/2009 - 20:51
dhorai's picture

1008 principles and more i know but what we need is!

anukoola bhakti --- doing things in tune to god...

simply said for that alone so many classes vipasana bhakti sanga initiation all run...

u must know the protocol of approaching the universal god...

hindus know much on them...

sasti vrata for pleasing lord skanda...

for pillayar chaturti vrata etc...

four main principle are known

dhorai | Thu, 07/30/2009 - 18:28
Mastercvvyoga's picture

?looking for various methods

As there are various meditation programs in this world you can choose one of the program which suits you. It is most important that you need a proper Guru who guides you and takes you to his levels.
You can try "Taraka Raja Yoga" which was given by Master CVV. It is the program given for Independence. Independence means Physical Immortality. Means living permanantly with astral body after our death.
The old theory is Moksha. The new theory is physical Immortality. This is new line, new path and new direction.
Master CVV had given thousand of prayers for development which can be done in a span of 10 years, if you are dedicated.
The speciality of this Yoga is, what not there - you have christ consciousness, Buddha Consciousness, you have sufiism in it. The prayers are in/looks like english, but the words are taken from the various languages of the world.
In most of the yoga's you can go upto nirvanic level, whereas in this Yoga you can reach Mahapara Nirvanic Level. Its the highest level till date. Buddha reached till paranirvanic level.
The other speciality of this Yoga is You will have direct link with the Master once you are initiated. Intiation means entry into this yoga and you are connected with various Masters directly.
During the 20th century, Yoga had undergone tremendous changes. Yoga, virtually crossed the boarders of mind, rose beyond the control of mind. It had even gained wonderful momentum, it gained new dimensions. Master’s New Yoga opened doors to Higher Consciousness to descend into man through the head center called Sahasrara. Hither to people used to try on Kundalini. The journey from Mooladhara to Sahasrara seems to be very arduous. Even ascent of Kundalini Energy to Sahasrara became impossible. The New Yoga made it more practical and easy to catch the cosmic energy and enter into the human body. It is a unique process. It is distinct channel. The modern society is indebted to Master CVV, Sri Aurobindo and J.KrishnaMurthy, the trio of new Yoga. All the three were contemporaries. They never mentioned about Moksha – as the goal for human achievement. They set a new programme each in his own fashion, which fortunately culminate at one point.

khbbind

Mastercvvyoga | Thu, 07/30/2009 - 06:37
kaput's picture

Working on your skeptical conditioning through science

If you were born to and grown up in a secular family and environment then your conditioning is most probably skeptical. You strongly believe beyond reason that there is nothing out there except what is perceived by the senses.

There are spiritual people and even religious people who underwent a transformation from secularism and still have this strong skeptic conditioning operating underneath.

This skeptical belief blocks any possible connection to God.

In order to unblock the connection, you must confront your old conditioning, do not ignore it.

If you have a trust and faith in science then this is a good start. Contemporary science has reached the many of the conclusions the spiritual doctrines claim for eons - the perceiver influences the perceived, everything is an energy, there is telekinesis and teleporting, time does not exist, and many other observations.

There are many books with reviews of scientific experiments that prove the above. Choose one and work on your skeptical conditioning - luckily your conditioning is outdated even according to science.

kaput | Thu, 07/30/2009 - 07:57
Quantum's picture

Enhancing Connection to God

From my experience, as a cradle Catholic, born and raised, even decided on my own to be an Altar Boy (now called "Servers") because it was the closest would come to being a "Man of the Cloth" because I knew I did not have the "Calling" to be a Priest, but still revered the notion, these are two specific things I used to do:

1) I used to go to the Cathedral, and enter the alcove, or section where the statue of the BLessed Virgin Mary stood, I would light a candle, or two--each offered as a continuing Prayer to God--then I would kneel, either on the floor, or on a kneeler directly in front of the Statue of Mary, make the sign of the cross, close my eyes, and pray...first and always by mentally asking for something...that was how I leared to pray..to ask for things. I remember on one or two occasions, I was so "rapt in prayer" -- don't ask if I was asking for anything at that point or just kneeling with my eyes closed and hands clasped in prayer because I don't rememember--that I was really close to God. "Rapt in Prayer." Maybe that is the Ecstasy you might have heared in Catholic literature. In any event, I was close to my God at that moment, the God I love(d) so much, and so dearly. And when I thought of my problems, they seemed as nothing. Then I opened my eyes, made the closing sign of the cross, stood up, walked out teh door, dipped my finger in the holy water by and made the sign of the cross on the way out. Then I walked out into the sideway, back out into the "Real World", and it was a jarring experience to "come down" so quickly. It was "Jarring."

2) The second thing I used to do, and did more often, was at nights, I would read selected, and favorite verses, from the bible, in bed, just before going to sleep. I would go to bed about 20 minutes before I planned to sleep, so that I could spend those minutes thinking of God, and "being with God" as I lay there with my head on the pillow, drifting off to sleep. This had no jarring effects.

What drove me away from all this, is up and down, I could no longer stand. Spiritual Highs were easily followed by spiritual lows and dryness, where I could not feel God.

Now, I meditate. The effects of meditation dissipate more slowly, I noticed. There is no jarring effect.

I still hope to "feel that closeness with God" again, but this time through a safer less painful route. Meditation, stillness, Power of Now. Etc.

Perhaps in passing moments I have experienced God to the same degree, but did not notice, because it came about gradually, and dissipated painless.

Note: Another that drove me away from the "Christian" method is that I got fed up with the Guilt trips and emotional manipulation of feeding guilt about our "sinful" nature.

'Hope this helps, or at the least inspires some insight.

Namaste.

Quantum | Tue, 09/15/2009 - 20:48
george's picture

Feeling close to God via religions

"What drove me away from all this, is up and down, I could no longer stand. Spiritual Highs were easily followed by spiritual lows and dryness, where I could not feel God."

I had the same experience of polarity when was into religion. I found out that the disconnection usually appears when we are not completely honest and in tune with ourselves. Now, when adopting an organized religion, one may naturally not feel convenient with some of the dictated rules mandated by the certain religion and thus create in him when he is forced to follow them this out of tune and hence the disconnection.

Natural spirituality, when one tailors for himself a personal religion (of course with attention not to give himself "discounts"), he avoids the above mentioned problems because no one dictated rules to him that he may not feel comfortable with.

george | Wed, 09/16/2009 - 05:53
bonya basu's picture

Enhancing connection to" GOD"

It is very true the comunication between GOD and HUMAN is difficult to define in words....it has different dimention to understand.....it is totally feeling......to understand that feeling your subtle mind must be active.
To me, i felt,one should have deep urge to connect with "GOD".That is only possible if you have a REAL LOVE for GOD.
How one understand DEEP LOVE,when nothing is more important to you than the "LONGING FOR GOD".
It is totally my perception.It may not be true for others.
There are different ways to connect.But one should be very sincere and devoted........that is the basic TOOL....
Thanks for sharing my thoughts.

bonya basu | Wed, 06/30/2010 - 06:31
Ahimsananda's picture

You ARE the Connection to God

Experience has shown me that by removing the idea of a "me"(noun), and the idea of "God"(noun), leaving only the connection; Love (as verb, not noun!), one tends to concentrate on that. Beyond the "I AM" is the place unavailable to the mind, but accessible to impersonal Love. Dwell there, be there. Be That. This "connection" is what you are. It only appears that there are two; yourself and God. But there is just the connection; the Love. Be that and there is no separation.

Peace, Namaste
Ahimsananda

Ahimsananda | Mon, 07/05/2010 - 01:57
Clarie-Ann's picture

Well said!

Well said!

Clarie-Ann | Tue, 09/13/2011 - 18:46
carlito santo's picture

These analytic games usually

These analytic games usually don't work beyond the moment. You cannot remove just like this the sense of me no matter how much you will want or being said to, this is one of the fallacies of Advaita

carlito santo | Sun, 08/25/2013 - 07:15
bonya basu's picture

I talked about the first

I talked about the first step.First "ME" and "GOD",when it is connected...then only..........the flow of ENERGY......GOD'S LOVE.......BLISS...............
where both the identity merges.........you become that "MOMENT"......
I think you mean to say that.

bonya basu | Mon, 07/05/2010 - 09:30
Ahimsananda's picture

Never a Noun, Always a verb

You are not a "moment". Not even the "NOW" which is another noun, and in a moment past, part of memory. you are that ENERGY you speak of. You ARE the connection. Love, Bliss are always present. You just need to "be" that. A verb is action. A verb is being. Be a living verb, not an imaginary noun!

Peace,
Ahimsananda

Ahimsananda | Mon, 07/05/2010 - 13:33
Clarie-Ann's picture

Enhansing the connection to God

One simple way is to sit down and just focus on your breathing. That is a way to get rid of all the thoughts in your mind. When you focus on the breath, you are unable to think at the same time. The more your mind can rest,the more the "intelligens" of the Heart/God can "grow". It is a seed in the Heart that needs your attention. The more you focus on this "seed" the more the "connection"/"feeling" of God will grow withing. It is also a paradox, because the more you know the inside, the more you will feel that the "outside" is the same. It is not a "connection" because you can never be separated from that wich you truly are. It is just a way to express what is requested. Meditation is a good way to reach to your true Self. Have a wonderful day!

Clarie-Ann | Sun, 08/25/2013 - 09:57
Quantum's picture

"One simple way is to sit down and just focus on your breathing"

I agree.

Another way, one of many similar, is to drive your attention down to the feeling of each footstep while walking. Feeling tactile sensations pulls my attention away from my distracting thoughts. Then, even if there are still thoughts, they become irrelevant if you do not get distracted by them. So, presence of thoughts or absence of thoughts is not an issue when your attention is not distracted by them. I used to think I had to clear my mind. Not so. Simply be un-distracted by them. "Meditation is the stubborn refusal to harbor thoughts." Meaning, your mind will always have thoughts. Simply do not allow your attention to be distracted by them.

So, when I realized I am distracted by thoughts, I drive my attention down to the feeling, and sensation, of each footstep if I am walking. The water on my hands, while washing dishes. The painful physical sensation of a disturbing emotion if I realize I am in a rut.

This creates distance from thoughts.

I recently realized my brain has ruts. The rest of my brain is rut free.

Or as the Dalai Lama may have put it, "Mental defilements (bad ruts) disturb the equilibrium (rut free) of the mind."

Steps:
1. Focus your attention on something that pulls your attention away from thoughts.
2. Simply enjoy just being. (This is where even the rocks and concrete come to life. This is where you enter the realm of poetry when you try to describe what it is like.)

3. Repeat as often as necessary.

Enjoy, my friend. It is, oh, so very simply.

Quantum | Sun, 08/25/2013 - 22:26
Quantum's picture

Quote

I forgot to add, the quote above about "not harboring thoughts" comes from Nisargadatta Maharaj.

And, I meant "simple". Sorry for my bad typing. I must have been distracted by thoughts of going outside to play tennis.

Quantum | Sun, 08/25/2013 - 22:29
Clarie-Ann's picture

on quote and the other reply...

Thank you for your nice reply! This summer I have been walking barefoot so I can understand what you are talking about. I totally agree with your thoughts :) about the subject! Being singing a lot I often have songs "singing" in my head, but I think it is ok. I just let them "sing". So thank you and I wish you a wonderful day!

Clarie-Ann | Mon, 08/26/2013 - 08:09
Nathyogi's picture

Practice Navatha Bhakti

The Nine Ways Of Practical Devotion. Practice this towards your favourite God.
http://www.nathyogi.com/Nathyogi/pdf_files/Navatha_Bhakti.pdf

Nathyogi | Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:56