Action and Contemplation
The act of contemplation, which we can define as prolonged meditation, is considered to be “inactive” by
most people. Even brilliant philosophers often take this view. But this is a 3D perspective on it. It shows a
lack of understanding of what contemplation really is or what is really happening.
Yes, the body is still. There is no outward activity. But the mind is very active. The mind, which is the
cause for action, is very engaged. In a real act of contemplation tremendous forces are unleashed –
spiritual forces. These forces will act on the mind, emotions and body of the one in contemplation and
then spread out to the larger world. It literally changes the world. The whole vibration of the world is
elevated by this act – more so than the physical activist who is out there trying to “make things happen”.
In many cases the physical activist is merely carrying out the breakthroughs achieved by the
The forces unleashed by the contemplation will create major changes in the world. The contemplation
need not be personally involved in these changes, but they will happen in due course. In many cases,
the person who leads a contemplative life will eventually become physically active – engaged in the
world. Very often one swings from contemplation to a life of action and back. It is a rhythmic back and
Make no mistake. Spiritual work is real work. We see this in the Bible as well. After the 6 days of creation
we read that the Lord rested on the 7th day. What did he rest from? Did he do physical labor? All he did
was “speak the word” and the world was created. Apparently this “speaking of the word” – this
contemplation of heaven and earth – this decree of “let there be” – is considered work.