a way of BEing,
a Blessing of God.
being in the world,
but not of the world.
not being carried-away-by our own (or others) survival instincts, emotions, sexual impulses, controlling tendencies, thoughts, expectations, judgments, ego…
Not being run-by the body/flesh and it’s agenda.
Rather, it is being spiritually focused, in this physical world.
a way of being that makes it easier to Be:
- here, now,
- in present-time,
- experiencing God and spiritual reality;
- staying-with the challenges, the intensity of bodies and life.
a choice, to let go of attachment and resistance,
as well as the “buttons” in our system that have us re-act instead of act.
I believe one of the essential distinctions that can help us understand ourselves, each other, the world, the bible, the message of Jesus, and the leading of God for each of us…
is the difference between Body/Physical and Spirit.
Although Paul spoke of this a lot, as did Jesus,
generally, it is not an essential part of our Christian mindset or our spiritual practice.
For most folks that I know, the practice of Neutrality
is the beginning of experiencing / distinguishing beyond the cacophony of the physical/body - senses, thoughts, expectations, actions...
As opposed to the experience of spiritual reality - soul senses, mystical experiences, divine leading, spiritual shift.
we are tugged all over by all the stuff I listed above, and much more!
Neutrality is a safe place for active soul-opening,
a whole new WORLD of spiritual Amazing-ness:
- the Fruit of the spirit that Paul lists is just the beginning of our blessings.
- the Adventure of communing with God and being led by God, makes the excitement of this world pale in comparison.
- the enjoyment of Life, Abundantly! that Jesus promised us is here for the taking.
Neutrality is Completely not Apathy - far from it.
It is the beginning of getting our free-will back,
and from this place our ability to choose to follow God begins.
because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit thee out of my mouthSo, is Neutrality being lukewarm?
I hope you can see that they are SO not the same, in my language.
When I read the Message to Laodicea, in Revelation 3, what I hear is a church that is lost in physical-focus, pretending to be spiritual, but not:
‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and nakedIMO, this is a physical vs spiritual sentence.
From physical focus/identification, we can get ground-down:
- “life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone”
- “life sucks and then you die”
walking with Jesus, in alignment with God…
Operating in the Kingdom of Heaven / the Reign of God
is ANYTHING but boring… one gets nowhere near lukewarm - tepid.
(And to get here, I believe Neutrality is KEY.)
Each week I watch dozens of folks play the spiritual game;
Over time, I have watched hundreds of folks do it.
It is an EXCITING way to live!
(if anything, a bit too exciting at times ;)
I hope this helps understanding about what I mean by Neutrality.
And that there is spiritual passion which is different from physical passion
BOTH ARE GREAT - But, which do we chose to follow?
From my perspective,
we can savor life IN the body/world,
but not OF the body/world,
with Neutrality as our practice.
Blessings on your path!
; ) Wendy