To reiterate we need to relate directly to God in a personal way as Abraham did (whether he was real or not ). That is what's needed. To do so one has to accept the premise that there is an all intelligent God and that all else in existence is somewhat incomplete. We cannot prove either statement but that doesn't make them false. In this text a system will be worked out that allows for commentaries to be made on various sections of this initial writing.
My way of reaching conclusions has been through individual realizations emerging from experience and observation. Wisdom heard and read plus common sense rounds out the picture. Decades ago I ran across and started practicing a particular Kabbalah meditation(which I indirectly stumbled upon. One remained passive until one received. You waited for an answer that came from above instead of manufacturing one with your own thinking. During the years of subsequent meditating the original spec of light years later became a way of reaching to the above. The meditation became entwined with how I learned and processed information.
This differed from the normal process of accumulating knowledge. It enabled me to find building blocks that would lead towards an eventual destination and culmination. My survival and sanity seemed to be at stake. One step built upon another step and a road map appeared. The only information I wanted was what I needed to know to get to where I had to. This first section of writing deals with my personal take on religious history that has its genesis in this process.
As a young person I along with others was instructed to learn using memorization and recitation. I felt cut off from my natural way of learning. The meditation for a time initiated a way to return to a more natural way. It did not restore innocence or naivety but offered a way to survive their loss. Once one lands in the right place other systems of learning can come back into play. General knowledge can be absorbed in a wholesome manner and for its own sake once your own way to learn has been reestablished.
Even so, the meditation is still a system and all systems are not complete. Still, it is a way, not the only way but a good and effective way, to rebuild your learning mechanisms. Once incorporated you can try other systems and add to the scope of your experience.
The meditation I used was not just a mind technology but was a way to connect with meaning at its deepest level and with the highest presence. This is why later one can embrace normal learning, because the fiber of one's existence has been established with the meditation. New systems and ways of learning cannot threaten this foundation.
The meditation effectively is able to cut through mental debris and empty the mind. Such practiced detachment I still use but it also just goes so far. There are other steps to be taken, such as actually communicating with the maker directly in a personal and wordless manner. Such intimacy is the next step and beyond the realm of meditation itself. All of one's human needs and concerns can be addressed at some point with this 'direct talking.'
I must humbly add however that a 'way' is still just a 'way.' If God wants to reach you, he will no matter what you are doing.