My uncle once told me that the most important thing he learned in law school was how to look up case law. I told him that kind of sounded like a rip-off to me that he had to pay a school to learn how to look something up. He chuckled and then I asked him why they didn’t teach him the laws and how to win cases. He now laughed, and told me that it was like being handed the keys to the universe in the judicial world. He continued and explained how no one can remember all the millions of laws and the best way to win a case was to be able to look up and cite similar cases to the one you were arguing. The ability to find the right information, he pointed out, is what wins the case.
Similarly, meditation is like being able to look up the answers to all the problems we will face in our lives. When we dive within, we start to work with, and rely on our own Higher Self that has the answers to all the questions we have, or can ever have..
The ability to find the answers to our needs and problems is like the difference between being given a fish and being taught how to fish. Being given a fish provides us one meal, while being taught to fish provides us with a lifetime of meals. Using meditation in a directed way is like fishing for answers to the deepest and most mysterious questions we face in life. Practicing meditation leads to the inner Temple of wisdom.
Meditation is the greatest teacher we will ever have because the wisdom of the true Self can only be found within. That true Self is found only in the deep silence of the Absolute. The Self we’re talking about here is your Higher Self, the Self that is not limited by your name, or job, or personality, or likes and dislikes, or ethnicity or any other describable characteristics. It is, instead, that eternal part of you that watches the thoughts, and observes the feelings, and views the stresses and strains of this world, but remains untouched by them. It is the knower within.
True meditation connects us with this eternal part of ourselves.
Excerpt from If You Can Worry, You Can Meditate by Jason Napolitano