Q: What is the difference between contemplation and meditation?
A: Contemplation and meditation are about the inner work towards personal realisation of Reality.
I can’t answer from experience because my realisation of Reality was different. It didn’t come from special focus/concentration, contemplation or meditation. It was spontaneous.
I remember knowing at about five years of age that my destiny was to find my soul and return it to what I then called “God”.
Ten years later I was called by what I call MER (the Mystical Experience of Reality) to experience Reality for the first of many times, every year, until I was in my late thirties.
So focus, contemplation and meditation were not my path to Reality. Contemplation was a tool subsequently used to inspect Reality and human life.
Meditation, surrendering, never worked if I invoked it. It came as a fruit of my constant rededication to the joyousness of Reality’s love, guidance, defence, encouragement and unending presence.
It’s been an effortless process, though not without its frustrations and futile attempts to take my destiny into my own hands now and again …
Being involved in humanity is not easy for a mystic.
(However, I’m much encouraged that leading scientists are more and more aware of the fundamental centrality of the mystic experience in humanity’s evolution).
Today, constant promptings continue to play a big part in the perennial inner work against lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego, the veils between humans and Reality.
As for you, it seems you’re called, you’re a Seeker.
That which you seek seeks you, so you might as well give in, because Reality doesn’t.
My recommendation would be for you to consider practising complete surrender, one bit at a time. That’ll mean a lot of sitting quietly, waiting, listening, resisting thoughts as they arise, staying blank, avoiding distractions. This is the inner work. It’s constant. It’s what you’re all about. Ultimately, nothing can separate you from your destiny, your joy and acceptance in Reality. You’ll never want to be just human ever again.
Follow this way and you’ll be taken through all the focus, contemplation and meditation you need …
I hope this is helpful.