Psalm 26:2 (NKJV) Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.
If you were to ask the average Christian what he believed about meditation, he would probably say that it is a form of Buddhist or religious practice from the East.
But fact is that meditation is an instrinsic part of the system of spirituality left behind by Lord Jesus for his disciples. The form of meditation that is most common in Christianity is known as introspection.
One could define introspection as a form of judicial self-observation in which we consider ourselves in contrast to our higher-selves.-jcr
Introspection (looking within) is not just becoming aware of our being. Introspection is a meticulous form of auto-inspection, or studying the inner motives and root causes of everything we do. Introspection places us in a position from which we can construct strategies that can lead us to become more like our abstract, higher-selves.
The higher-self is an embodied projection of our highest-standards and expectations; an embodiment of everything we could be now, if we could only make ourselves perfect. From a Christian point of view, our higher-self is the conceptualized self-portrait of who we are in Christ Jesus. (Colossians 3:3)
Introspection is that form of meditation in which we shut off all external influences in order to focus entirely on fixing ourselves. This requires brutal, personal honesty and the willingness to shed all delusions of grandeur.
Introspection also does away with all the distractions that keep us from confronting ourselves.
We oftentimes seek to become distracted by the external lives of others, so that by judging them, we can avoid having to judge ourselves. But Lord Jesus advises to first take out the proverbial log out of our own eye, so that by doing so, we might help someone who has less issues than ourselves. (Matthew 7:5)
During introspection, we answer the following questions:
- Where am I going? What is my goal?
- Where am I now? Do I live in route towards my goal?
- What things are hindering my progress?
- What gifts do I have that can be vested towards my goal?
- What must I do to reach my goal?
Introspection is medicine in the sense that it saves us from the disease of spiritual stagnation and the untruths that anchor us to the past; so that we might continue the journey of unification with our higher-self in Christ.-jcr
Christian introspection, requires that we change the interpretive lens through which we examine ourselves. The Christian who practices introspection, does so by examining his life from a higher, self-realized position. It is a “looking down” from above, for the purpose of raising the fallen creature into divinity. (Ephesians 2:6-7)
Introspection also grounds us in our true reality based on the Resurrection of Christ. Its easy to fall into the trap of accepting our present condition as truth. No human being is ever truly “stuck” in his or her condition, unless they decide to be. Spiritual stagnation is contrary to the norm of life- which is always shifting and changing. In this world there is no true permanence; which means that if we remain the same, we do so out of our own free-will.
Through introspection, we discover those areas where we have unconsciously decided to remain stagnant, and consciously decide to change.
The soul that practices introspection reminds itself of its true-self hidden permanently in Christ. In this impermanent world, we shift and move in order to get to our eternal state of permanence and perfection in Christ.
When we feel “lost,” it is because we lose sight of who we truly are, already, from an eternal perspective.
Introspection grounds us upon higher truth while putting us in a position by which we can make the necessary changes that will lead us to fully realizing our highest potential.
Through introspection we clean the inside of the cup, so that by doing so… eventually, the outside of the cup will also be clean, and we are in a position to inspire others to do the same.