Turn Yourself Inside Out


The foot inside my shoe itches so I have to take off my shoe and go inside my sock and scratch it, scratching the outside of the shoe does not get rid of the itch, provide relief from the irritant or the longing for something greater. We get irritated with others because the physical world works on the outside; leading to an understanding inside our self, the world can make us angry outside, but inside the soul radiates peace. The experiences in the world change us by changing our surroundings and our particular situation and set of conditions, but we grow from the inside out where we change the environment. No one can teach us, nobody can make us spiritual; they can only lead us to our own soul, which is the teacher.

We look outside and dream of a new set of circumstances, but when we look inside we are awaken to our true reality that does not change and our path becomes clear where we really understand inside out. The external world is constantly changing in duality; therefore, it lacks unity because we identify with our mind that is distracted from our true self that is united with everything. The essential key to the talent and skill to change along with our circumstances is to be aware of the dependable, unchanging soul within, which gives us balance, harmony and a broader, wider view of the world. We don’t fall in love with only a narrow view of the external vessel outside, but the whole package including the inside of a person where we see the light in their eyes and a smile shining through a window showing us love , unity and compassion.

A new approach increases the scope and awe in philosophy, science, religion, the body and mind, enriching our environment from the inside. The mind becomes more meaningful as it comes from the inside out and not pounded from the outside in. It is like climbing a mountain and getting a new and more spacious view where the different religions and science bring people to the mountain where they start climbing in silence deeper within the self. The starting point exists and is still a part of culture, but it appears smaller as we climb and awaken to an all-inclusive, and an all-encompassing comprehension of the infinite. The climb within starts with our thoughts and memories leading us to an actual spiritual experience where inert stories are transformed into exciting encounters in our soul that unit us with everything. Higher up the mountain or deeper within the spirit we climb into the universal heart where we relax just being in love without any worry about our tarnished container on the outside. There is no path; there is only a relaxing into love, peace and happiness, resting periods that bring love to the present moment.

The religion of Silence deep within does not destroy familiar rituals, symbols, religion or history of the past, but only helps us approach and increase the scope of Awe in our mind by being happy and human now in the present moment. It enables our consciousness to use our full being to radiate happiness and love to our self and fellow humans while increasing the harmony in the conscious field around us. This happens by bringing the subtle levels of thought from the deeper levels of existence to the conscious level; consequently, becoming aware of the energy in all regions and levels of creation both subtle and gross. Increasing familiarity with the deeper levels of existence that do not change allows us to become comfortable and happy at any level in a suitable atmosphere for our virtues to flourish in a changing world.

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The Marriage of Science, Religion and Philosophy


Our science started with the Greeks where philosophy, religion and science were linked together to find the principle character, quality and cause of all things then we disconnected them. If the universe is a free, receptive, improving and an interconnected system then scientific laws are an ideal model for understanding the reliable and proven connections in reality. There will always be some features of the physical universe that the laws of nature cannot capture so we need the connections of philosophy, religion and science. The universe is not a self-enclose system, but an emergent, evolving system which endeavors to a motivation beyond itself. A spiritual foundation with a scientific connection to philosophy offers a balance of openness and intelligibility that can maintain a suitable environment for a personality to find its deepest potentialities. The book you are reading in one perspective is a book, in another perception it is a collection of atoms and molecules before being viewed as a composition of mass or wood cellulose. I like to think of it as an arrangement of knowledge and intelligence. None of these positions destroys the soundness of the other viewpoints. They all approach this book from a different angle and they are all just as real as the other ones. It is completely normal to respect differences as a precaution against self-righteousness and getting it wrong. If a dilemma leads to an awareness of Eternity, follow that way; and if another approach appears that is different from the first and it works then follow it. It is good to change and be encouraged to expand to the present moment clear-sightedness. The following quote was attributed to Isaac Newton just before he died, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” Albert Einstein expressed it in different words, “I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” Thomas Merton a Christian Mystic said the same thing in another way, “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, it is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”      Christian Mysticism

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.

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.

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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Christian Mysticism is a Path of Awareness


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.

Christian Mysticism And Christian Religion


Christian religion seems to be the study of trees and counting the rings while Christian Mysticism is concerned with sending the roots deeper into the experience. I think one can study the orchard and expand one’s branches and roots at the same time, but the institutions seem more comfortable with the words and so they deny the experience.

In our endeavor to understand life we experiment externally, which is science in order to understand the laws of life internally, which is spirituality. As we see the universal laws unfold and how they apply to our mind, we understand our relationship to the whole. By being good we find out what makes us happy and by being bad we find sadness, therefore to be content and happy we must find the best way to live. To live a good life we must deliver an unconscious pattern into a conscious system, which is what spirituality does for us. It is just as important to understand our internal self, as it is to understand the external self in order to be healthy and happy. We need to learn to watch the inner reactions of the mind, the same way we observe events in the outer world for self-preservation; consequently, our mind becomes aware of itself.

I feel the Church needs to spend more time directing people to the interior life and not worry so much about the exterior facade that takes so much of the Church’s resources. Christian Mysticism

Tao Chapter 43 and Christian Mysticism


Chapter 43 now open for dialog or discussion…….

The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.

If we think of the Tao or God as what ties everything together in some form of harmony, then everything is in a relationship with everything, God or the Tao. When everything is in a relationship with everything else then nothingness or no thing exist in isolation or separate from everything so there is nothing. Therefore everything inseparable even opposites are one. In our body we have opposite muscles that complement one another. One muscle straightens the arm and the opposite muscle bends the arm. We have opposites in the body that complement each other for the health and well being of the entire body. It seems it was designed to co-operate and work with opposites that are inseparable. In other words opposites are just two parts of one whole and are not separate. In silence, we have no point where heat ends and cold begins. I think this dialog is talking about the cooperation and oneness of everything working together. We have two eyes and they see one vision and our two ears hear one sound. To see the value of non-action, one needs to realize and be aware of the Oneness of All things. Non-action implies that there is no one doing the action so there is no-action, just Oneness. I find this passage leading to the stillness of the mind where we understand and find our One True Love, the Tao, or God.

Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master’s way.

Silence seems to speak volumes on the infinite, as our theories and knowledge are finite and only explain a part. I feel if a teacher says that a theory is the only true or possible one then it is a sign that this master does not understand the theory or the dilemma. Our minds are limited like words and can’t grasp all possibilities; therefore to look for understanding I think the Tao is saying one needs to look beyond the mind without words or actions. I feel in pure being on finds and can understand the One True Love. Therefore; religion would not be about believing in things, words or rules, but about being sacred and holy, whole-ly.
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Christian Enlightenment in Christian Mysticism


We can’t open the door of Christian Enlightenment in Christian Mysticism because of our attachment to images, words, and ideas that support our beliefs. We seem to fear the emptiness that we think lies beyond the door, beyond the surface of things so we grasp these things and ideas, afraid of being immersed in a Reality that our mind can’t comprehend. The guiding light is shinning under, on top of and around the door, but we are to attached and afraid to open it. It has no lock. There is no doctrine, religion, teaching or technique that opens the door. I feel there is not even a door, we just need the to walk through it with love.

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