Here’s the best answer I’ve ever heard to that gnawing question:
ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?
It all depends on how one defines CHRISTIAN. If one is referring by that nomenclature to traditional doctrinal beliefs promulgated by a Western understanding of Holy Scriptures, then, NO, I AM not a “Christian.” However, if one means one’s belief in the Universality of the CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS which is one with LOVE being one’s natural and only state, then, YES, I AM a Christian and brother to CHRIST and a Son of My Father.
Albert Joseph Jefferson
A Question that’s burning in my mind:
Sometimes those who are suffering say
It’s Not Helpful to hear of others
Who’ve overcome the malady.
They assume the one trying to help
Is gloating or self-promoting.
But how can one help them
If they’ve had no experience
That proves their claim? Besides,
Bending over backwards to be super
Tactful, their entire message is lost.
“Inaccurate eschatology causes believers to:
Wait for a King who already reigns,
Wait for a Kingdom they’re already in
Wait to become what they already are,
Wait for power that they already have,
Wait for an Age that they’re already in,
Wait for victory that’s already been won,
Wait to do, what they should already be doing.”
IF THERE IS IN REALITY
Animosity or fear outside us
AND IF IT’S NOT TO BE
Found within our
THEN WHERE IN THE
Blazes is it?
It’s a false belief
Permeating the world
Of two conflicting powers.
HOW LONG DO WE HAVE
To believe it?
As long as you want to.
I have found that hearing God becomes easier and easier with practice. Sometimes the carnal mind gets really obstinate and just hits me with “NOT RIGHT NOW DON’T WANNA I’LL DO IT LATER WHAT’S FOR DINNER” and similar mind-numbing nonsense, hoping to lull me into a stupor. As soon as I wake up to this malarkey, I focus on/as God and the journey becomes joyfully exhilarating once again!
Has anyone else had a similar experience?
I remember my first flight in an airplane:
looking down from above the clouds
I could hardly remember my problems
that loomed so large down below.
How puny they all seemed!
We can be like that with Spirit, you know.
Seeing things in their proper proportion
Sets us free to dial up anytime at all!
We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it— What God has arranged for those who love him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
1 Corinthians 2:6 MSG
Belief systems (religion) promote an image of ourselves and another separate image, called God. Under this paradigm, the struggle continues to be ours, to always do the right thing. There is a deeper reality that we don’t see, far different from what we learn in church. We need to change the imagery completely; namely, we need to realize that it is God, who is the LIFE (the only Life), and that Life is ever seeking to live through us. This can only be experienced when we are ready to let go of self. We don’t lose our sense of identity, but rather, we discover our true identity. We are not this body of flesh, but are one in God, just as Jesus demonstrated.
Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God was (always) within us. The Jews were living under the ‘spell’ of a false religious understanding, and simply were unaware of the life of the Spirit in them. Had the Spirit not been present, the person wouldn’t even exist. God is the only LIFE there is. “There is one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Paul).
Living from our old nature means we are still living from our finite, natural mind. We haven’t yet realized our true Nature, which is oneness in that same Spirit of Christ. Most Christians are taught to believe, but are never shown how to let go completely of self. As long as self is seen as real, God will remain simply a belief held by the mind.
“Body and Soul are created components though which Spirit expresses itself in a physical world (when realized). The body is obviously physical. The Soul is where we find mind or intellect, will and emotions. This is also where so-called psychic phenomena resides. The Soul has a lower (intellect) and a higher or psychic ability, which can be used for good or evil. The Soul is necessary for Spirit to be able to function in a physical world. Next is Spirit, and this is where church theology completely fails us. We are told we have a human spirit and in addition, there’s something else called the Holy Spirit. False. Jesus spoke of his oneness with the Father, but we just don’t get that, and it’s certainly not something attained through the mind (soul). Churches have completely destroyed the call of Jesus to be Born Again. That experience was meant to awaken us within to our true nature, which is God. But don’t misunderstand, it’s not magic, and it doesn’t happen overnight. The finite mind has to let go in order for the infinite Spirit or that inner Awareness to emerge. I love the quote that states: “We are not having a divine experience, God is having a human experience”.
What happes when we don’t grow spiritually, is we often fail to realize that God is not just taking care of us, but that His Life is our Life. There never was any separation. Only the human mind believes in duality. Jesus said it so very clearly, “When you see me, you see the Father”. Jesus revealed in himself the model of reality.
“Take back newness
Freshness & spontaneity.
New Age hasn’t a lease on
Bright sunshines, cascading
waterfalls, flowing rivers
Or the entire quantum world!”
All reality is ONE,
Allness, Oneness, Love