What is Meditation?
Meditation is an opportunity wherein the individual sits or reclines, in order to practice the Presence of the Higher Spirit perceived within himself. There are other reasons one may meditate, such as reprogramming the mind through hypnotic suggestions, affirmations, or visualizations. The state achieved is one of consciousness-energy-perception, and through the observation of a point within this focus, the mind expands in all directions, to what seems infinity. The result is a universal state of awareness that is very natural in feeling.
What is Release?
According to Dictionary.com, release means "to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; let go."
After Release of the Perception/Belief/Definition, What is Left within the Mind?
To meditate with the intent of releasing those limiting or 'weighty' aspects from the mind, or concerns of physical reality, to the perceived Higher Presence within the meditative state, is to simultaneously also replace it with Higher energies from God within oneself. This can also be supported with visualization of Divine Light energy moving into and through oneself, down through the top of the head, or upon each inhale. Ultimately, we are left with the perception of the Presence of God within oneself; this is the Energy that replaces what was released (negatives vanish).
What if I Don't Release Negatives?
What happens to the ego-structure when release of worldly concerns or pressures does not occur, are manifestations of "limitations." For example, the individual unenlightened to this state-of-spiritual-affairs, will unconsciously engender more of the same limiting mindsets of fear and lack, circumscribing his own future to be thus informed in more of the same way. These manifest as negatively-oriented behavioral manifestations, as well as stress, worry, and physical or mental illness.
Someone in this state might argue that "release" in meditation is the use of the imagination, and because the imagination is 'not real' - it cannot be touched - that it is all a game one plays with himself.
There is Only One Mind
Many do play games with themselves, but this infers there is a winner and a loser within one mind. This is not advantageous. Positive affirmations are useful to orient the outermost ego-mind to Higher energies within, but there is a natural point, for those with a daily effort to meditate, that one does not "have to try to imagine" anymore. He realizes he consciously knows who he is looking at within himself - and it is God's Spirit.
Exercise the Mind
Sometimes, through use of the imagination (which has been established within this notebook as a holy mechanism), what seems impossible to see within the visual circle of the mind, is eventually understood to be perceived mental steps, or exercises of the mind. For example, after relaxing in the Presence for a natural duration, I often see 'tunnels' of light, through which I 'seem' to move at great speeds. When this occurs, I maintain one-pointed focus at the center of my visual field. What occurs, eventually when the lights and tunnel dissipate, is a visual evolution into picture-quality scenes that play out before me. These scenes are meant as learning springboards for greater realizations within the whole self. Overall, it is good to use your imagination and guide yourself through altered states of consciousness - to exercise your mind with building forms that are repeatedly invoked, practiced, and loved. It increases the fluidity of the experience to realizing the point, which is His Presence.
The Importance of the Heart
The energy of the mind can be moved through the heart. They may seem separate when we are doing something analytical (like math), but the heart is still present. The energies of the heart are interwoven into the intellect. By using one's mind and heart together within meditation, with intent to change the inner dynamics of self, one is literally able to reform his whole mind, and re-make his whole life. We have established that we are more than our physical body, and, in fact, we are eternal beings that live physical lifetimes unaware of our True relationship to God - until one has an awakening. It is only through meditative efforts within the mind, that lasting change within oneself occurs.
You are More Than What "You" Think
To know God, one meditates within himself, and he does this in faith and pursuit of knowing the Presence of the Highest Spirit. This Presence, once realized within this altered state of prayerful consciousness, is where one release's his worries, concerns and fears. It is also where one sits and affirms he is already re-made, re-formed, re-vivified through the Higher Presence. Overall, you are more than what "you" think, and this is, again, realized through meditation.
Example forms to build within meditation:
-A Mansion (Higher Platform/Highest Understood Spiritual Level within oneself)
-Rooms within the Mansion (Levels of Consciousness)
-A Spiritual Body Suit (This is built and 'zipped on' during the body-scan portion of a meditation)
-A Thought Body Form (To host the ego. It is visualized, and thoughts are seen as lights that float over into the form. (Then, one moves outward and upward away from the form that now holds your thoughts.)
-Shapes: Triangles, circles, squares, oblong (egg), star [visualize the form and hold it still while observing it for durations of time. I do 10-15 minutes] This greatly increases visual-perceptual abilities.