Strictly speaking, contemplation is an immediate and in some sense passive intuition of the inmost reality, of our spiritual self and of God present within us. Thomas Merton
Contemplation is the deep spiritual awareness of the eternal dimension of life. It is a walk both in the world and out of the world. It takes us beyond the intellectual truth we know about God to an inner experience of His presence living in us. Our hearts comprehend we are the sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father. The words of the gospel writer John and the apostle Paul become a reality in our spirit. John records “to as many as received him he gave the power to become the sons of God.” Paul writes, “those who are led by the spirit he gave the power to become the sons of God.” We are the sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father. (Contemplation: Seeing the World through God’s Eyes)
Contemplation is a gift from the Heavenly Father, revealing His desire before the Creation to love us and have fellowship with us. It is the unchanging recognition God loves us. It is not special knowledge or revelation given to an exclusive few but is poured out for all humanity to enjoy. It is a conscious state of being where the fallen nature of man is no longer in control. Freed from our rebellion toward God, the mind is set free to live as sons and daughters and joint-heirs of God’s kingdom. (Rom.8:17)
The eyes of Christ are now our eyes, and God is living in us and through us. We are no longer strangers or outcasts but sons and daughters of the living God.
Scripture: Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– John 1:12 NIV
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14