So when the words of Christ were finally overwhelmed by The Roman ethos of World Dominion and Hellenistic Logic, we get the “Theology of Over The Top”. In this theology not only does Jesus die in rejection of the “Sin of the World” (rejecting a new Love paradigm) in 33 AD, but he also dies for every particular sin including me stealing a penny gum when I was a little boy in 1961. So over blown is the Churches desire to stick Christ every where and conquer the world for Him, that they make his honest life and moving death an “Expansion to the Ridiculous.” After all remember he saved you from Hell that fateful day 2000 years ago, although his life was a desire and teachings was to see Heaven on earth then rather than the Hell it was for most people.
Let me also say that it was not the people who choose Hell but rather the leaders, as it is today. All the while making sacrifice for the “sins of the people” (the ultimate distraction) in order to keep them in the dark as to their true divinity and potential in the world. Jesus then becomes a sacrifice for our individual sins & guilt and a promise of Heaven later and not Now. Meanwhile Jesus call to for Heaven on Earth one loving act at a time gets replaced with Jesus died for your sins and be happy your not going to Hell. Then to further push us into “Over the top Theology” is the idea that we can never do it and we need a rescue from the “Jesus of the Clouds” because who are we to think we could change the World with love for each other?
During Meditation I have found a way not to struggle or merge with my thoughts, I begin by observing without effort any sound or body sensation. Now it goes without saying but I will say it anyway, “where your awareness is there you are”. The first thing you will notice is that awareness itself takes no effort at all, if someone was to pinch you it would take no effort to be aware of the discomfort (although you as awareness are not the discomfort but merely aware of it).
So when you find that quiet spot inside or outside allow yourself effortlessly to become aware of the sounds, sights and sensations of your surroundings. As you do this things will begin to present themselves to your awareness but do not merge with them, (although later this can become a oneness merging exercise you might enjoy).
Lets take the example of being outside and feeling a slight coolness on the surface of your skin the point here is not the cool feeling, but rather that your awareness has now moved to the surface of your skin, ( you just moved effortlessly from within your body to without). Let me give you one more example that being a bird singing or the sounds of wind through the trees. once again it is not about the sound but the fact that effortlessly your awareness has now moved beyond the bounds of your body altogether.
I think you get the point here but let me add that as you practice this you will discover you can be both within and without at the same time, your awareness can in fact be effortlessly Omni present. Anyway give this a try next time you do your meditations and what you will discover is thoughts are a waste of time compared to the presence of your awareness floating about the landscape.