Thursday, October 17, 2013
I believe Jesus' main message, the Kingdom (Reign) of God (Heaven),
IS the Mystical expereince of Spiritual Reality Now,
some call this God-Consciousness.
An example, one of Many verses which I find relevant to this conversation:
Luke 8:1 – 21:
Jesus is speaking about our actual experience-Word of the Living God,
from the same Father with whom Jesus was in constant communion,
whose Light is experienced when we see Jesus.
Jesus gives a parable of how mystical experience comes to us,
and how most of us do not let this in or let this thrive in us.
But for those of us who do allow our expereince of God to grow: the fruit is Abundant!
And, the more we behold and reflect the Word/Light/Glory of the Lord, the more we receive.
Lastly, those who hear God and do God's will that we directly hear, like Jesus did,
we are Jesus Family (he is the first of many brethren)
This is my truth:
The Good News is we can Experience the Kingdom of God Now.
This IS our mystical experience,
And it came to pass thereafter,
that he was going through
every city and village,
preaching and proclaiming
good news of the reign of God…
And a great multitude
and those who from city and city
were coming unto him,
he spake by a simile:
'The sower went forth
to sow his seed,
and in his sowing
some indeed fell beside the way,
and it was trodden down,
and the fowls of the heaven
did devour it.
'And other fell upon the rock,
and having sprung up,
it did wither,
through not having moisture.
'And other fell amidst the thorns,
and the thorns
having sprung up with it,
did choke it.
'And other fell upon the good ground,
and having sprung up,
it made fruit an hundred fold.'
These things saying,
he was calling,
'He having ears to hear --
let him hear.'
And his disciples
were questioning him, saying,
'What may this simile be?'
And he said,
'To you it hath been given
to know the secrets
of the reign of God,
and to the rest in similes;
that seeing they may not see,
they may not understand.
'And this is the simile:
The seed is the word of God,
and those beside the way
are those hearing,
then cometh the Devil,
and taketh up the word
from their heart,
lest having believed,
they may be saved.
'And those upon the rock:
They who, when they may hear,
with joy do receive the word,
and these have no root,
who for a time believe,
and in time of temptation fall away.
'And that which fell to the thorns:
These are they who have heard,
and going forth,
through anxieties, and riches,
and pleasures of life,
and bear not to completion.
And that in the good ground:
These are they,
who in an upright and good heart,
having heard the word,
do retain it,
and bear fruit in continuance.
And no one having lighted a lamp
doth cover it with a vessel,
or under a couch doth put it;
but upon a lamp-stand
he doth put it,
that those coming in
may see the light,
for nothing is secret,
that shall not become manifest,
nor hid, that shall not be known,
and become manifest.
'See, therefore, how ye hear,
for whoever may have,
there shall be given to him,
and whoever may not have,
also what he seemeth to have,
shall be taken from him.'
And there came unto him
his mother and brethren,
and they were not able to get to him
because of the multitude,
and it was told him, saying,
'Thy mother and thy brethren
do stand without,
wishing to see thee;'
and he answering said unto them,
'My mother and my brethren!
they are those who the word of God
are hearing, and doing.'
- Luke 8:1 – 21 (YLT)
So-called mystical experiences happen to all of us,
all the time;
regardless of our intellectual belief structures.
Some of us have ears to hear, and eyes to see...
we are open to feeling and knowing our direct spiritual experience.
Others of us have unknowingly closed the doors to our mystical senses.
These doors can be re-opened, if we choose.
There are lots of reasons that we are blocked:
intellectual reasons, emotional reasons;
these can't get us to our spiritual expereince, but, they can block us!
There are lots of reasons we get and stay blocked:
choice because of trauma, invalidation, pain, fear...
The picture I like for this:
the sun is always shining;
sometimes it is night (our back is turned);
sometimes the clouds block the sun (our expereince of the Light is muffled, distorted, unclear).
None of this is God's doing (none of this is the sun's fault).
I know this sounds like blaming those who don't have these experiences,
but this is just how it is, IMO.
There are pretty direct ways to spiritually say yes to God,
and when we say yes and stay with yes,
our direct spiritual expereince of the Living God changes.
I have trained mystics for the last 8 years,
working with hundreds of folks,
and I see it happen over and over.
Most of us just don't spiritually practice being still,
and knowing the subtle whisper presence of God.
For most of us it takes courage, it takes willingness, and it takes tenacity...
And, It helps most people, especially at first, to be with a group, intentionally focused and open.
Basically, Everyone who can walk, can dance - to varying degrees.
Basically, Everyone who can talk, can sing - to varying degrees.
Basically, Everyone is spirit, a part of God, and it is our birthright to enjoy our unique mystical experience, our spiritual senses - to varying degrees.
Blessings on your unique path Home,
Monday, October 7, 2013
Is Jesus the Only Way?
Yes and No.
the WAY Jesus walked,
the WAY he was / IS / embodied God,
the WAY he showed us to spiritually live in a body in this world...
IS the WAY:
to expereince Christ-Consciousness,
to experience Living in the Kingdom (Reign of Heaven),
to expereince the Way of Light, in action in this world...
to BE Light / Truth / Love / Life in this world.
I am not talking about what he did on the physical.
I am talking about who he was being in the Light,
while he was walking around.
This inner alignment with Source,
this living IN the Kingdom (Reign) of Heaven (spiritual reality),
While here on earth (physical reality),
IS the WAY.
He showed us how to BE it.
Meanwhile, Others walk / shine / BE that way in the world, as well.
Everyone who shines the Light, they ALL help all of us
to BE in the Light, to Be Light, as well.
(This is regardless of our intellectual beliefs, our religious programming.
Intellectualizing and intellectual beliefs about God and the Way
are mostly a distraction from
Light / Truth / Love / Life / Experience of the Divine / Walking our Unique Path in God!)
So, I would say:
- Spiritually, Yes! Jesus IS (His Being-ness shows us, he embodied) the Only way that any of us can consciously enjoy the Abba experience of God, in this world. And others show us this same Christ-Consciousness, Living in the Kingdom (Reign of Heaven), the Way of Light, in action in this world, as well.
- Physically, No! There are many who can help us on our unique path / way. There are as many useful ways up the mountain, as one can count (some more popular, easier, or more straightforward, than others ;)
Saturday, October 5, 2013
In response to the question:CAN THERE BE TOO MUCH SPIRITUALITY?
Spirituality is a word so broad, that it seems to have no meaning; unless it is the being and practice of consciously connecting with and manifesting spirit.
"beholding and reflecting, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord"We already ARE spirit, we are already seated in Heavenly places with Christ - there is no where to strive to or from.
Our practice is only to encourage us, invite us, to allow this reality into our conscious expereince within and around us: to uncover Light/Love/Truth/Way/God in ourselves and in our world... to see and to be Light - to be filled with God within as well as invite God to Shine in our world.
We do this by focusing spiritually, not physically - and there cannot be too much spiritual focus:
Being spirit in my body and acting powerfully from that place is the practice and the Being.
Meanwhile, much of what people consider spirituality, is actually the body trying to understand, making efforts to shift and change to obtain some physical or allegedly spiritual result.
There is no end to our desire, physically; including the desire for 'spiritual' wisdom, power, results.
THIS is where we are tempted to imbalance - with physical desire, even too much is never enough!
Most of us start in this physically-focused place in our spiritual walk.
But, if we allow it, God moves us to a move spiritually-focused place, in which we live in more balance, freedom and love; while we learn our lessons, create/heal, serve and enjoy our unique journey here on earth.