It is a little misleading to talk about uses of meditation. Meditation is a state of mind and the process of achieving that state of mind. However when in a meditative state, we can use it for different purposes. These purposes are assisted by being in a meditative state, as a by-product say. The meditative state is one where the mind is quiet and the senses are alert. In this state we are able to access a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
The uses of a meditative state are many, but at their core is an ability to look more deeply inside and a feeling of connection to the wider world outside. It brings greater self knowledge, deeper insight and a powerful connection. The uses therefore are to bring these skills to bear on a situation, in order to change it, to understand it, to see it differently, or gain insight into the benefits and opportunities it offers.
This could include the following uses of a meditative state:
- insight, looking at a situation to get a different perspective of what is happening
- transformation, looking at something that we wish to change
- learning, gain knowledge from a difficult problem
- creativity, applying positivity to create success for a venture or a project
- knowledge, understanding yourself and the world more deeply, possibly expressing that through writing
- visualisation, interpreting images and experiences to provide some understanding or insight
- healing, self healing or sending love, peace or joy to a person or situation
- prayer, a form of meditation connecting to a greater universe, sometimes used to create an outcome or objective
- intuition, learning to trust an inner self knowledge
Meditation is initially about learning to access the meditative state. The uses of meditation follow, once we are able to access it. These uses are not absolutely precise or always clear but with experience they can become very useful tools. They also help us to gain a clearer understanding of ourselves beyond the body and conscious thought and give us a sense of not being as separate or as disconnected as we may feel that we are.