Inner bowing is to the Creator of All who lives within each of us, and from whom we are never separate. Thought is what separates us, not just the content of thought but the activity of thought as well. Inner bowing, especially during efforts at meditation, chanting, or simply being silent, allows us to let go of self-importance, to diminish the great value we ordinarily place on thinking, so that our reaching to the Divine One can become stronger and more potent.
The diminishment of self-importance through the letting go of attachment to our own thought process carries a great good, for we can practice this diminishment throughout the day.
All meditation strives to create a release of thought in order to pursue the deeper truth that lies beneath thought. Yet, the emotional component that is characterized by ‘inner bowing’ can be a lever that allows us to pursue the silence within with the same vigor that we once pursued any line of thought that we found attractive or compelling. We allow silence to deepen in order to create space for the Divine One to enter. We create space by allowing thought to exist as if in a cloud, referring to it as ‘content,’ only content, without discriminating what kind of content it is or getting involved with that discrimination. We do not have to give importance to what we are thinking. We affirm the importance of our heart that reaches through the silence toward the Creator of All, by whatever name that One is called who forms the ground of our being.
The diminishment of self-importance through the letting go of attachment to our own thought process carries a great good, for we can practice this diminishment throughout the day, allowing ourselves to be less important and God to be more important. We can practice attuning to Divine thought rather than our own thought, Divine thought that seeks to express and to make itself known through us.
Inner bowing is filled with love and joy. It expands our awareness of the Divine within ourselves and within others. As we bow to the One who dwells within all, we open the door of our consciousness to the truth that we are part of that One. Inner bowing opens this door further and further. As we let go of self-importance, we become One. Om namo Bhagavate.