Perceiving the Universal in All
Robert Elias Najemy
Here is another excellent method of moving into prayer of meditation. It can
also be used as a meditation in itself.
1. With the straight spine and peaceful mind, bring a plant (a known or
an imaginary one) into your mind. Now realize that this plant is a projection
of the one Divine Universal Consciousness. Mentally remind yourself that,
"this plant is an expression on the one Universal Consciousness". Do this with
a variety of plants; strengthening your awareness of the fact that the
intelligent force in all beings is also expressing itself through that plant.
2. Now do the same with various kinds of animals. See each one as a
unique material manifestation of the one Divine Consciousness. Remember to
choose each time at least one species of animal which you fear or dislike.
Then do the same with some types of insects.
3. Now bring persons you know and remind yourself of the same truth,
and try to feel it. Perceive each person as an expression of the divine and
feel the analogous respect and love towards him or her. The divine
consciousness is expressing itself through every being, including the immoral
and even those who seek to harm us.
4. Be sure then to bring into your mind people with whom you have
difficulty in communicating, or towards whom you have negative feelings,
and remember that they too are unique manifestations of the One God.
5. Bring your family, parents, children, siblings and spouse to mind
and see them too as divine beings.
6. Then bring your own self, your body and personality and realize that
these too (you cannot be the only exception on the earth) are manifestations
of divine consciousness, and feel the love and respect towards yourself that
At this point you can move on to your chosen form or prayer or meditation. You
can also continue on in this way, remembering that whatever comes into your
mind is a manifestation of the divine. Persons, events, places, thoughts,
feelings, pain, problems, situations are all manifestations of the only cause
for whatever exists - God.
(Robert Elias Najemy's recently released book "The Psychology of Happiness"
(ISBN 0-9710116-0-5) is available at
His writings can be viewed at
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