Visualization of a Deity (#21)
When a pharmacist goes about preparing a prescription, he or she always uses a container of perfect purity to place the healing medication into. Similarly, when preparing to fill our consciousness with healing meditation, we must be sure it is free of impurities. So, begin doing this and every meditation, by using whatever techniques you have found work best for you, and bring about a state of alert, peaceful tranquility to your mind, body, and emotions. Be ready to receive all the pure, holy energy the universe can fill you with.
There are actually 3 different traditional techniques that deal with visualizing a deity. The first and second ones are applicable to those meditators whose relationship with the divine includes their God manifesting in human form. The third one can be done both by followers of human form deities and by those whose vision of God is as light or energy or power.
The first method directs us to see our deity with as much detail as possible. If it is a male biblical figure, for instance, see Him as clearly as possible. Start with His holy feet. See them gracing the earth with His presence. Then, work your way up the body/ robe being aware of every little detail. See His hands reaching out to you to take your suffering, your offering, to calm you, to carry you. See His serene, compassionate face glowing with Love. This technique brings the deity to life. It will then interact with you.
The next technique has you visualizing yourself kneeling in front of your savior. Once again see this scene in as great a detail as you can. Make an offering to Him - perhaps your sadness, or your pain, or your promise to act charitably. See the deity accept it and fill you with blissful, endless loving energy. Every deity has come for the purpose of easing our pain. See His pleasure in doing this for you. Feel the freedom and love fill you and know and feel Gratitude.
The 3rd technique deals with the concept/reality of omnipresence. Start by realizing/visualizing your deity filling you completely as air fills a balloon. For if God is God, (S)He is everywhere, in everything. Then visualize your deity filling someone you know. Then see Him in everyone on earth. Then, in everything that lives on earth - within all things in the air, in the waters, on and in the earth. Now, see this deity filling the Earth, the Sun and the whole solar system. Now see the deity filling the Milky Way and then as big as all the galaxies. See and feel the unity of everything in the universe filled with God and realize that the same energy filling everything is filling every atom, every molecule, every cell that makes you up and is filling you now and forever.
You are a part of the Kingdom of God and not apart from it. Know and feel this and live happily ever after.