Contemplation is to hold in mind continuously a specific intention, spiritual teaching or concept that one then collapses into manifestation. It is a continuous application of the Heisenberg Principle until it fully manifested. The highest form of contemplation is surrender and silence. After that the invocation of the Lord for what is in the highest good for all of mankind. With that then one’s life becomes recontextualized as serving Divinity instead an individual self.
On another level a specific statement is contemplated, such as a spiritual teaching or lesson, that then becomes experiential reality in one’s life. Whenever any course recommends “contemplation” it means an ongoing practice with no breaks or exceptions throughout the day while seemingly for the body doing various activities. While the body goes on doing what it does it is the mind that continuously focuses on what is contemplated, not different than focusing on it during meditation.
The continuous application then not only makes what is contemplated “unconditional” (beyond whatever may have happened that day), but also allows for the process of creation to take place.
When contemplating any spiritual teaching it is paramount to understand that this is not a reflection or a trying to understand intellectually whatever the teaching may be. It is also critical not to assume to know anything about that teaching. Instead one focuses on the teaching akin to a meditation object, replacing all other thoughts and mental content until only that teaching remains. One then continuously holds it in mind until it literally manifests in one’s life. The experience of life then has been altered and one has become that teaching.
Often then it is necessary to still continue on with the same practice and teaching so that to make it habitual and automatic in one’s life. While one has experienced the truth about this teaching it is yet another step to make it a permanent and automatic operating principle in one’s life. In this phase of contemplation one continuous on with the practice despite its palpable and experiential “success”. The practice then becomes eventually effortless and so automatic that it won’t require any more practice.
Contemplation then is the process of becoming what one contemplates on. By refusing the temptation to think and reflect about it one enters the first stage of contemplation, which really is meditation. One takes this meditation from a closed eyed sitting meditation into the world, where the same practice continuous becoming a living spirituality. Now the task is to continue focusing on the meditation practice (what one contemplates) irrespectively of outer circumstances and noise. This is akin to the initial distractions within the mind in sitting meditation, where the task is to remain with what one meditates on.
As one continues then throughout the day with this spiritual practice it eventually becomes easier and easier. Finally it happens automatically, then in due time it is also reflected in one’s physical manifestation as the experience of life has been altered.
The statement or practice that one contemplates can be held in mind as a nonverbal overall intention or can be a specific verbal statement (thought) that then replaces all other thoughts and mental content. Very often, initially, it is a form of prayer, that then transmutes during practice into a nonverbal “diffuse” feelingness or intention that one continues with. If one got distracted one always can return to the prayer or phrase.
The critical aspect of contemplation is to replace the ordinary stream of thinkingness with what one contemplates until it manifests in one’s life, because what is within the mind is eventually reflected in the world.