Christian Arrogance


I feel in the heart of everyone, God comes, and God goes in the form of pure consciousn­ess. It is not that the pure consciousn­ess is not there, but the awareness is not there. When the heart and the mind become vast, deep and limitless, then Christ makes a heaven in that graceful heart, and pure consciousn­ess and bliss prevails. The experience is recognized as love and peace. Christians and non-Christians have this experience­. In the absence of this experience especially among my fellow Christians arrogance, separation and even hatred arises, divisions of every sort fragment the mind and heart. I feel it is the responsibi­lity of our Christian leaders to educate others of this experience­, but first they must find it in themselves­. Many times it is the ones without the experience of silence that preach the loudest without knowing the inner meaning of the words.

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The Joy of Christian Mysticism


Christian Mysticism is not reading about theories or taking anything on faith. It only deals with what works to bring about enjoyment and the good qualities of life. “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12) It is a real challenge to be happy and feel the Divinity in all things when an experience is painful or confusing. The pain is real in the conscious mind, but that is only a part of the total mind that is used. To be happy in all situations we need to make available a way to enlarge the consciousness of the mind that presently is experiencing pain. Being happy is enabling the Divinity within to use the full mind and consciousness to radiate happiness and love to ourselves and our fellow man while increasing the harmony in the conscious field around us. Christian Mysticism accomplishes this by bringing the subtle levels of thought to the conscious level. By understanding and unfolding the deeper levels of existence, we become aware of the energy in all regions and levels of creation both subtle and gross. Increasing our familiarity with the deeper levels of existence allows us to become comfortable and happy at any level. The spiritual practice to be content and happy is creating a suitable atmosphere for all the virtues to flourish. Armed with the virtues of tolerance, love, and compassion we are not only the knower of reality, but are doing wholesome, good work in reality just by integrating these values in life.

Mysticism is not dangerous as some Christians without knowledge and proper practice would have you believe. On the contrary, it is a profound and incredible spiritual experience that can induce fear in those not acquainted with the mind of Christ. The Bible supports this with this phrase, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (Corinthians 2:13-14)  The fear that the extreme Christians invoke is what is toxic and treacherous not the mysticism. Some mistakenly project their fear of contact with the Divinity within, but Christian Mysticism guides one to the soul which automatically relaxes the mind and in turn the body. The terror some profess will never relax the mind because it only activates fear. God is not an inference or hypothesis, but an experience that one has to live to know. Joseph Campbell says, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”
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Gratitude


Gratitude does not need anything on the part of the individual except innocence and simplicity. No effort is needed and it must devoid of any intellectual play or emotion. Gratitude is a surrender to God and is never on the level of thinking. If one doesn’t like the word God it is just being or surrender to the higher self. I feel we need to surrender the thinking to make a mood for gratitude or surrender the thinking level of gross consciousness to achieve the bliss and gratitude of a higher awareness. It seems gratitude and joy come together as a package and is a kind of spiritual practice that can be awakened.  Christian Mysticism

Christian Enlightenment


I like the term Christian Enlightenment as a movement to bridge the gap that exists between Christians and Fundamentalist. Enlightenment is a concept, which means being illuminated by acquiring new wisdom or understanding. While Fundamentalist go on the path of Inquisition, Christian Enlightenment will take the road of silent contemplation. I see it as a spiritual journey through the mountains, valleys, jungles and deserts of our minds.  A journey to Christ consciousness beyond time, space and words so it can’t be described with words or what Fundamentalist see as facts from scriptures so we will have to hint at the different levels of consciousness that can be reached spiritually. Looking into the meanings of scripture I think we can form a new concept of life, which helps form a new humanity on the individual, Christian and community level.

In Western religions I think God and Truth have become institutionalized which is good for a few if it puts God in their heart, but for most it has only fossilized Truth and God so it doesn’t live on its own. The followers think they have to defend religion beating a dead horse into the ground. The mystics of those religions and people who have had a spiritual experience put their hearts in God which gives them a wider angle of vision so they might have come from religion, but they feel related to all religions not only the fossil. For these individuals scripture is not a matter of facts, but a matter of meanings for the spiritual aspirant. The spiritual experience is a journey into eternity beyond time, space and words so it can’t be described. The words only hint at different levels of consciousness, which threatens the people institutionalized so they become more aggressive because of their fear.

Calming the Mind


In the constant movement of the ocean one can see the impacts of the waves that are disturbing the surface; there is so much going on at the same time. In meditation or quiet time one is attempting to completely calm everything down until the pond is still with no waves or ripples of any kind. Calming the mind down from all the activities, worries, and responsibilities, in one’s identity one can get to a place where one is just the spectator looking at a peaceful, still ocean. Thoughts at an unruffled standstill are comfortable in just being. Now, if a thought drops an object in the mind, watch the swells expand on the surface of the ocean created by this single thought, stare at the waves expanding in wider and wider circles all the way to infinity. The inspector of the chosen limitation on the physical plane is gazing from an unlimited potential consciousness, which seems to be the source, or God if one wishes to call it that which is surround everything.

Religion


Religion

Religions put God in the hearts of people, but Christian mysticism puts human hearts in God

-          Religion is all right it moves from low to high, from slow to fast.

-          The problem is it spends too much energy running around the circumference and taking for granted the center or Divinity within, which is the spiritual experience.

Religious traditions are united in a force most call God. The problem is that religions break up God into different hypothesis by taking the infinite and putting narrow walls around the pieces. This is what causes the disputes.

-          When the Truth of our religion is experienced and the narrow walls of the hypothesis are torn down then we find that the same Truth is basic in all religions.

-          The Ultimate Truth can be approached from many directions.

-          Our Lord is so kind to dwell in everyone and everything.

-          We can all benefit from the different viewpoints that give us a dynamic regeneration and spiritual experience beyond the hypothesis.

God in Spirit……quotes from Bible


God is not just out there some where; He is in each one of us.

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”          John 4:24

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[ Luke 17:20-21

] 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.2 Corinthians 3:17

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.   John 4:23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.   Galatians 5:22-23

May your externalized rules give way to the Spirit of love, joy, peace, kindness and gentleness.

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Renewing the Mind


Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

The Spirit is always there so we must transform and enlarge our personal consciousness and individual experience with the Holy Spirit. This is basic to every mode of spiritual discernment, and every quest. The more we are aware of Spirit working in and through everything, especially within ourselves, the more God’s presence can replace prior limitations and dis-harmonies with good. Our minds will act on the new ideas that are formed and form a new, more positive belief and attitude. This deep understanding sees the good of God everywhere and always present. This shift in attitude brings greater freedom; peace and joy so we need to give up the old worries, free ourselves and replace old ideas with the knowledge that everything we need is available. When we recognize Spirit and pull into life revelation, discernment and right choices are made.

Isn’t amazing how throughout the ages mystics of all stripes and religions have plugged into almost universal concepts of love, unity and oneness, compassion and justice for all, regardless of their culture or religion.

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Renewing of the Mind


Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

The Spirit is always there so we must transform and enlarge our personal consciousness and individual experience with the Holy Spirit. This is basic to every mode of spiritual discernment, and every quest. The more we are aware of Spirit working in and through everything, especially within ourselves, the more God’s presence can replace prior limitations and disharmonies with good. Our minds will act on the new ideas that are formed and form a new, more positive belief and attitude. This deep understanding sees the good of God everywhere and always present. This shift in attitude brings greater freedom; peace and joy so we need to give up the old worries, free ourselves and replace old ideas with the knowledge that everything we need is available. When we recognize Spirit and pull into life revelation, discernment and right choices are made.

Isn’t amazing how throughout the ages mystics of all stripes and religions have plugged into almost universal concepts of love, unity and oneness, compassion and justice for all, regardless of their culture or religion.

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Mythos and Logos


There are many ways explain experience­. Mythology and Logos are two of the ways. Many approaches are used to think about the world and our experience­s. Two of those ways are mythical thinking and logical thinking. If you can’t grasp the difference between these two approaches­. You have to find love first, I can’t do that for you. In the same way you have to discover God. If you don’t think God exists that is OK, I am not going to try to change your mind. I am sorry if you are agitated with the word God and I can’t help you with that either.

It is OK if you stay with logic.
2 eggs plus 2 eggs = 4 eggs great your logic is beautiful

Put your spiritual logic in the world you get

2eggs plus 2 eggs = 1 omelet enjoy the omelet and stop counting eggs

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