Laying the groundwork for spiritual realization

Meditation is a technique with the aim of realizing the ultimate (God-Awareness-Love-Reality-Spirit-Brahman-Atman-Buddhata-Tao-AinSof-Allah or whatever your idea of it is).  Most meditators come to the practice in search of some version of Self-realization or spiritual realization.  However, before full Self-realization (not just occasional experiences) happens, we need to traverse through...