By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness
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In place of a reader’s question, I’d like to explore a subject I think is fascinating: the bible’s various references to meditation and its potential references to the third eye. Meditation is mentioned often in the bible, and the third eye is mentioned cryptically if at all.
Those who interpret religious texts as clues about the evolution of the soul often decode messages about the third eye they think are imparted into bible verses. The accuracy of some interpretations is obvious, but others require an open mind.
Below are bible verses that cast light on meditation and the third eye. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if they’re genuine, but to me, they’re fascinating either way.
You don’t have to identify with religious text to study it out of personal interest, and if there really are thousands of encoded messages about spiritual growth in the bible and other religious texts, then there may be some benefit to studying them.
I don’t usually read the bible, but studying certain religious texts can be intellectually and spiritually stimulating. As long as they don’t become a substitute for meditation, your spiritual studies can help you expand on things you learn while immersed in a higher consciousness.
Genesis 24:63 mentions meditation and astral sight:
“And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.”
The ‘lifted up his eyes’ part of the verse has been interpreted as Isaac gazing through the third eye, which sits just above the two physical eyes (the reference to lifting up one’s eyes appears in a lot of verses).
It’s believed that he witnessed camels approaching with his astral sight because his third eye was open.
Remote viewing is the utilization of the inner spiritual sight, which can travel vast distances and even time periods. The above verse could describe Isaac remote viewing the camels’ arrival.
The phrase ‘lifting up the eyes’ returns in a slightly different form in Psalm 4:3:
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and I will look up.”
The Lord hearing your voice in the morning is obviously interpreted as prayer, and ‘looking up’ is again interpreted as focusing on the third eye.
Opening the third or ‘inner’ eye is the key to accessing telepathy, remote viewing, astral travel and all kinds of other abilities currently dismissed as science fiction, and as these verses may allude to, it’s also the key to communication with God.
Psalm 1:12 also mentions meditation:
“Blessed is the man [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord; and on his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalm 3:4 encourages meditative communion with the heart:
“Commune with your heart upon your bed, and be still.”
Fans of early reggae music may recognize this Psalm 19:14 verse:
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Another Psalm verse, 40:1, encourages waiting patiently for God.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”
‘Waiting patiently’ has been interpreted as meditation, because the latter requires you to stop, slow down, calm the mind and be open to a higher consciousness. If you wait to receive what will inevitably come (i.e. slow down the mind) instead of rushing it, your cry for spiritual sustenance will be heard.
Psalm 91:1-2 encourages readers to ‘dwell in the secret place of the Most High’.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him will I trust.”
This ‘secret place’ has been interpreted as the space perceived by the third eye and/or the spiritual heart. Dwelling in this space will enlighten you and open you the secrets of the universe, and it requires as much faith in yourself as it does the divine.
Lifting up one’s eyes (i.e. seeing with the third eye) is again mentioned in Psalm 123:1:
“Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.”
The interpretation of the verse below, Proverbs 4:25, is that it recommends a unique type of meditation wherein the meditator gazes at the tip of the nose:
“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before you.”
Yet another potential third eye reference can be found in Isiah 40:26:
“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things.”
According to Paramahansa Yogananda, Jesus and his disciples meditated consistently.
“Jesus and his disciples were products of unceasing meditation and intuitive devotion, and not merely results of intellectual theological seminaries.” (1)
Here, we have a collection of bible verses (along with a quote from a well-known spiritual teacher) that shed light on meditation’s role in enlightenment.
As I mentioned, the study of spiritual literature is fruitless if you don’t explore your consciousness but helpful for those who do the inner work and could use some support or guidance.
Feel free to accept or discard the bible and all the other religious texts, because enlightenment is inevitable whether or not you utilize them.
You already have what you seek, but meditation along with certain spiritual literature will illuminate your higher consciousness and invite you to explore the new territory unfolding before your open third eye.
I couldn’t tell you what’s in store when you finally explore it, and I’m sure it’ll be different for everyone. I do know that it’ll be a deeply personal experience and you’ll come out of it as a new being ready to enjoy the paradise that awaits you.
- Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ. Three vols. Dallas: Amrita Foundation, 1979-86, 1, 9.
This concludes this week’s reader’s question.