Refinement of Consciousness
Creator is the most subtle form of Consciousness
in the universe. Thus, on the way to knowing Him, a spiritual
seeker has to refine himself as a consciousness.
We can refine ourselves as consciousnesses by
cultivating subtle positive emotions and refusing coarse ones,
by following God's commandments about forgiving enemies and
loving all living beings; and also with the help of meditative
techniques and special methods of psychical self-regulation. An
attunement to the most subtle phenomena of living nature and to
sublime works of art can be of great help. They can be, for
example, photographs of nature.
One can refine the consciousness in winter
forest on calm sunny day. Let's move with the consciousness into
the picture, experience ourselves there, feel that the snow is
not cold, but soft and gentle.
Immersion into Quietness
Meditative attunement with the beauty of living
nature can help one to gain the inner harmony and quietness — hesychia.