In the Ground of Being We Encounter Love and Peace


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Beyond the dominance of the mind, we rest in the ground of our being where we can soar as high as we want in infinite space filling our self with love and peace. There is a ground beyond our individual ideas and beliefs created and framed in a greater Ground of Being along with 8 billion other people.  When we can no longer talk about it, we seem to meet in the playing field of peace, love and joy far away from the ideas that we label right and wrong. It is so easy to get caught up and attached to our own view of the world forgetting that it is only our way of seeing things or our opinion. The good thing is we are not locked inside our individual ground of being because when we look up to the sky we discover we are in the midst of a dependable, responsible universe that responds to our needs and aspirations.

In our own minds we trap ourselves in an inescapable tunnel of dark and limited ideas refusing to open our eyes and turning our backs to the expanse of space and the creations around us. Relief from our disturbances, disappointments and irritations seem to come in the paradoxes and uncertainty that percolates up from deep within our individual ground of being, I like to call the soul. It might happen at our child’s birthday party, a ritual, sunset or another form of surrender to something greater than our tyrant of reason. The remedy does not really matter as long as it frees us from the confines of our limited thinking because we can’t create a new reality with the same ideas that limited our experience.

The Theoretical Quantum Physicist Amit Goswami said that for many years quantum physics had been giving indications that there are levels of reality other than the material level. String theory’s view of the fundamental nature of matter differs significantly from that of traditional particle physics where the universe is more mechanical. According to string theory, the fundamental objects underlying all matter are strings of energy that cannot be seen vibrating in loops or segments. They are not made up of atoms, electrons, protons or quarks, but their oscillations and changeability are basic to them. This theory requires that we open up and accept the existence of more dimensions in the universe, a preternatural, supernatural Ground of Being where these strings of energy percolate up.

This enchanting idea was also mentioned by Meister Eckhart who talks about God being a Ground of our Being surrounding and penetrating every being and thing, but is no-thing. It persists and is present whether the church approves of it not or whether we want to believe in one particular religious institution because while church attendance decreases, our spiritual yearning refuse to go away. … “It transcends both the drives of the nonrational unconsciousness and the structures of the rational conscious…the ecstatic character of faith does not exclude its rational character although it is not identical with it, and it includes nonrational strivings without being identical with them. ‘Ecstasy’ means ‘standing outside of oneself’ – without ceasing to be oneself – with all the elements which are united in the personal center.” (Paul Tillich)

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Our Relationship Through the Living Universe with God


Christian mysticism does not end the progression and development of our troubles because they are ventures we need to go through on our way to the Kingdom of Heaven that is right here on earth. This is a progression that starts with the familiarization of the body and leads to an unfolding of the mind to reveal our true self. This awareness is not just confined to the body and mind because it is a spiritual journey that expands our consciousness to include the soul, which has a connection to the Living Universe. We usually do not envisage this consciousness with our first glance because it contains the discovery and assimilation of active attention, which grows within like the mustard seed gradually growing into a tree. This seed of awareness little by little opens the consciousness of the beneficiary in stages through and beyond the mind to offer shelter in the soul. Everything we do and has been done to us is an opportunity to set in motion our inner power to create positive change in ourselves and the world. Each one of us is building a world with our thoughts within where we get ideas to build concepts in the world and in return our thoughts attract similar mindsets. The thoughts we think over and over inside go out and every one of them comes back overloaded with similar inspirations. To the extent and intensity that we love others is the degree in which we are loved. Thoughts are forces that produce intensities similar to the ones we think for example, hatred, fear, jealousy and revenge bring into being influences that are similar and have the effect of closing energy streams in the body while peace, hope and love opens those passages. If you think youthful thoughts, your body will be young and as a result will give support to your mind because as the mind develops the body, the body assists the mind. Our thoughts are the energy and power that builds and determines our lives corresponding to our nature. We create and follow our thoughts so fear becomes the most expensive thought to entertain as it opens the mind to the very things and conditions that it is afraid of. Fear is a habit that not only affects us, but our families, friends, community and country by stopping progress. It is a harmful faith that breeds failure and is going in the wrong direction so we need to face our fears and change our direction to succeed. The good thing is love dissolves fear so we need to cultivate it. When we accept what takes place with love and gratitude, we receive spiritual nourishment from the physical world and can use those experiences to give back to the world. Faith will be on its way to become a love concern and not a list of fear-provoking laws and declarations. Embracing the love and excitement emanating from the God and man relationship through the universe is the art of being human. This friendship with the Living Universe cultivates and encourages our interrelatedness with our conscious and unconscious minds and with everything in the cosmos. Jesus explained this in a parable saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Mathew 13 31-32)

You are Not your Mind, It is within You


In the grace and comfort of unity, a spiritual experience encounters a new heaven and a new earth where everything is united. The confusions on the physical plane, the duality of the sins and miseries of the mind are not remembered or renewed in this experience. In the present moment harmony we see the balance and unity of opposites. A center of heaven on earth has glory in our sorrows because at our lowest point we are the most open to change and renewal. The beast in us can lay in peace with our innocence in a new life where we are whole or holy. We just need a paradigm shift so the mind in not trapped in the brain. We are a part of the unified force field and we do interact with the universe, we just need to become aware of it. If we make this shift in consciousness our story becomes a love story and we stop blaming others for our misfortune. We reinterpret our memories, which we Christians call forgiveness, and we reinterpret the universe because the scientists are showing us that most of the universe is not perceived.

Ignore the criticisms and judgments of the mind and listen to the Divinity within. The mind is asking the questions, and it is the soul that answers them. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) We are in and a part of the infinite, but somehow we do the most difficult thing, which is to separate ourselves from infinity. The spirit is always there we just need to remove the obstructions that keep us from it. Jung called the harmonizing, the awareness of our unity with the infinite synchronicity. “Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.” (Carl Jung) God is in the present moment, but if you try to grasp or control this instant it is not there. The past, the present and the future are in the here and now along with God, they are not in the future. The problem is we are living in our mind in either in the past or the future while eternity is now. Christian Mysticism communicates to us that we can’t contain or restrict the present moment because it is infinity. There is a way to slow down, know and experience the harmony, synchronicity, peace and a manner to just be in the present moment. God is always in the present moment, we are the ones that are sporadic, sometimes here and sometimes there. Infinity is an ocean of pure consciousness while the soul is a wave. The mind is in the space time continuum so it can be a prison if we let it constrict our identity. The mind is not in the brain or the body, and we are not in the body or the mind. The mind, brain and body are within us. We just need to start identifying with the soul or wave that is connected to the ocean of pure consciousness.

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Christian Mysticism and Science Utilized for Awareness


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 awareness of 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. There is a universal Reality which we do not create, but which we can discover. This Reality or Energy one can call God Consciousness, which is everything, in everything and always moving toward that which expresses life, happiness and unity, but if our desires are destructive, we will not experience God consciousness and will experience division until unity is learned. 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. Our familiarity with the deeper levels of existence allows us to become comfortable and happy at any level. This awareness to be content and happy creates a suitable atmosphere for all the virtues to flourish. A simple act of being happy delivers the virtues of tolerance, love, and compassion, which helps one to know reality and to do some wholesome, good work by integrating these values in our daily life. In our way of life we can learn and utilize both the scientist’s and the mystic’s perspective for a life that is to be fulfilled and content. With the help of these two disciplines we move deeper into the domains of matter and consciousness to find happiness and wellbeing behind the contrived displays that hide the unity of suffering and contentment.

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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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

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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