Do you realize Christ is a divine spark of light in everyone’s heart from the time they’re born? Perhaps you’ve heard somewhere in the past or even the present that you have to do certain things to receive this gift. That’s altogether untrue.
The Bible says, “And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’”(Gal. 4:6) The problem is not everyone finds Christ right away, despite Him being so close. Christ-centered meditation is about finding Christ in our heart.
Christ-centered Meditation’s Gifts from the Heart
We return again and again to this divine center, which consistently calls us back home to receive the love we have in our heart. When we answer the call, we find all that Christ is — a powerful, creative force and a higher power that has the power to transform us.
Deep within us there’s an inner sanctuary where our soul and conscience share space with the Spirit of Christ. The heart is our spiritual center. It’s a composition of the non-physical inner parts of a human. The soul includes our mind, emotions, and will. In other words, we have a human spirit that mingles and interacts with the light, life, and love of God’s Spirit, which is Christ.
If we knew the gifts promised to us by God, which are just waiting for us in our heart, we might not spend so much time looking outside of ourselves for a way to improve our inner and outer lives. When we have the faith to do what Jesus suggested, we will find God’s presence. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt. 7:7) What this verse means is that he leads us by pointing us toward our heart.
In artistic renderings, Jesus is often pictured pointing to his heart. And in writings, he says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) This is because Christ lives in our heart, watching over and guiding us. It should come as no surprise then that the word father in Aramaic, the original language that Jesus spoke, means divine parent. God is our divine parent.
Jesus wanted people to know where to find their divine center, where we have a helper, a divine parent, and Holy Spirit, who guides us from darkness into the light. Transformation happens first in our heart. Jesus, who is the living Christ within, is the gatekeeper to God. He says, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9)
When we faithfully seek Christ within our heart, the door to joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, and peace can be opened, and inner transformation becomes an exciting journey. As we continue to seek Christ, we find more of God.
Spiritual elements are added to us, such as wisdom and peace. After Jesus died, he promised that we will receive The Spirit of truth. “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father — the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father — He will testify about Me.” (John 15:26)
The Heartfelt Experience of Christ-Centered Meditation
During meditation, we begin to hear God’s voice. We hear the truth found in the center of our own heart that can guide us toward finding solutions to our problems and a more meaningful life.
Our heart is the doorway to a higher self, where our conscience becomes one with God’s Conscience, and our spirit becomes one with God’s Spirit. This union helps us transform. The results are inner power, never feeling alone, and a sense of freedom from our soul; our thoughts, emotions, and our selfish desires take a backseat to God’s wonderful healing energy.
Once I began to hear and follow this Voice of Truth, I was gracefully led toward my full potential and destiny. My inner and outer life changed radically. I went from having an anxiety disorder to having peace and joy.
As I continue to practice daily time with God, more and more of His virtues and characteristics grow inside me. When I tell people I practice Christ-centered meditation and prayer to become more like Christ, often the response is something like, “Well, isn’t that too high a goal? Is that even possible?”
I’ve experienced that it is definitely possible to become more and more like Christ. As I regularly sit with Him and experience the love, compassion, and unity of His Spirit mixing with mine, more of His characteristics grow inside of me. They say we become like the people we hang out with, and this is certainly true of hanging out with Christ.
Christ-centered meditation is all about going within, to the heart center. Jesus said, “No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; because the Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) And Paul, his disciple who experienced a radical transformation in his own heart said, “Then Christ will make his home in your heart as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” (Eph. 3:17)
The Goal of Christ-Centered Meditation and Its Relationship to the Heart
The goal of Christ-centered meditation and prayer is to seek and find the heart and soul of Christ living at the center of your own heart. Through Christ-centered meditation, we learn to stay consciously connected at all times to this higher power, this force of vitality, inspiration, and courage. The union feels satisfying to our soul, and so we surrender to it. We learn to trust this divine relationship that brings healing and wholeness to our lives.
We’re born again with a new heart, one that is stronger and wiser. This changes our nature to reflect the nature of God. And, slowly, we become more like Jesus. We think and behave differently. We have unconditional love, mercy, and a light that shines out from our heart toward others. We experience this promise from Jesus: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Christ-centered meditation and prayer ignites and awakens the slumbering spark of light in our heart so that we can have the power to overcome the world. We’re able to have more discernment and peace in every situation.
To overcome is to master, to control, and not be defeated. In Christ-centered meditation, we learn to overcome obstacles that keep us in the way of our divine union with God. Once we learn this practice, we can see our obstacles and God more clearly. “A veil lies on their heart; but whenever their heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Cor. 3:15-16)
We learn to turn inward to our heart, and we can see the beauty that’s in Christ. The veil that keeps us away from receiving his virtues, including love, lifts, and we’re transformed. We learn how to find him and where to return to him. The Bible gives us a path: “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)
A Final Thought
The Oneness with God that we find during Christ-centered meditation delivers us into more and more levels of freedom and everlasting life. Therefore, learn to do as Jesus suggested: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” (Mark 12:30). If you do, you will experience a rebirth and transformation that brings you closer to yourself and God.
That little light in your heart will begin to shine brightly. In The Bible, light has always been a symbol of holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, grace, hope, and God’s revelation. Try Christ-centered meditation and prayer, and come to the realization that you’re indeed who Jesus said you are: “You are the light of the world…” (Matt. 5:14)
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Tonyah Dee has studied the Bible and wisdom traditions of the world for the last 30 years and teaches about finding ways to increase inner strength, stability, and confidence through practicing spiritual disciplines and healthy habits daily. Tonyah is a nutritionist, registered dietitian (R.D.), and earned her B.S. from Loma Linda University. She also holds certifications in Christ-centered life coaching, equine therapy, and meditation. Tonyah has been published in Scary Mommy, MSN, The Mighty, Mantra Wellness, CoveyClub, Thrive Global. Follow Tonyah on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Medium.