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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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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What Is Christian Mysticism


Christian Mysticism is waking up to reality and falling in love with the essence, energy and consciousness of the universe. This starts with the realization that we are all among and a part of a great union in duality, called creation where we live, depend upon and interact with the other parts that exist in different relationships. It is the understanding and the experience of this unity and relationships with the universe that gives us a purpose besides just sharing atoms and energy. It is a physical, biological, mental and a thoughtful experience where we open up to new ideas and dimensions of reality where we recognize and identify with an undivided whole where we work together independently.

The separation is only in the mind, not in the soul. Albert Einstein says, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Unity is the gift of the intuitive mind because it brings contentment and happiness with what we have and where we are in the moment. When we experience the unity with everything there is nothing missing because everything we need to be happy is with us now. The rational mind invests most of its time worrying about money and reputation, forgetting about integrity and just being happy. Mysticism is the reintroduction to the happiness we have in just being human and delighting in the way things are in the present moment.

The rational mind sees the individual things, the waves and ocean currents as barriers separating us, but the intuitive mind is aware of interconnected ecosystems that are continuous in one ocean where there is nothing lacking. Mysticism recognizes that individual lives are like the ocean currents and waves because they tell of our history that is interwoven with a part of a greater ocean where we find contentment, satisfaction, and happiness in unity. The ocean of pure consciousness we Christians call the Father and the waves pushed up from the ocean are our individual expressions that are connected to the subtle energy of pure conscious that is penetrating and all pervasive.

Jesus showed us compassion beyond the religious concepts that have become the political conflicts we see today and is showing us the way inside ourselves away from the untold suffering observed in the news and society. He is showing us the Christian way to Bliss with the understanding that there are an infinite number of ways to reach the Infinite. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” He saw the entire universe as an ocean of pure conscious or as scientist would say a cosmic cloud made up of energy that is sharing atoms where we are free to travel and exchange electrons, thoughts or vibrations. Because we use Christian symbols to express the infinite light that can’t be described, we can call it Christian mysticism, but mysticism is the base for all religions.

When a person experiences the light of the atomic cloud he sees light in all beings and in his/her own self even when the unity of light in religion is not thinkable, the Divinity within reveals the light in everything. The souls of everyone are connected in the light of love beyond the mind where all is one so if we want light in our life we need to transform our self so we are where it is shining and when we do, it brightens our way. This is the path of Christian mysticism. It is the mind that creates differences and dissects matter to do so, but there are no divisions, the mind creates inequalities and then believes that they are true. Science has shown us that matter is light, which some say is frozen energy so it can be detected with the five senses, but matter is like frozen water in the ocean of water still a part and parcel of the whole.

Matt 5: 14″You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

The light seems to transform as it forgives and accepts all who are in the present. A good example is Jesus who brings light to the meek, to the lowly in heart, and to the broken as he heals and restores the needy to their true nature. It is the arrogant, the religiously crusty aristocrats to whom Jesus lays demands harshly. He is harsh in his teaching to the arrogant because he knows that they have lost the ability for an authentic mystical experience with their paltry, pompous prayers, actions and mentality. He can bring them to the door of awareness, but he knows they won’t be able to open it until they cultivate love and the still point that love creates. We can’t open the door 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 shining under, on top of and around the door, but we are too 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 to walk through it with love.

Jesus knows that we need to know the natural self before we can walk through the portal and know the supernatural self. I think that is why he made clear that love is the way so we could go beyond the motions of religion. People call themselves religious, but do not acknowledge one God, pure love, or the unity with everything and everyone in God. In this case even some Christians can be referred to as Pharisees with their self-righteous hypocrisy.

Matt 5: 43″You have heard that it was said ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Religion builds a wall around a small portion of the infinite and calls it god, but love opens the gates and teaches us that the flow of life in every direction is God showing us the good that is all around us in the form of energy and light. Mysticism is allowing that light to flow through us unobstructed, choosing to let the light shine even after a storm, doing what we love, not necessary what is expected. Light expands beyond the mind showing us the way beyond fear to the happiness of Eternal love. You are independent and a wave in an ocean of your expression, but your spirit is the ocean in the present moment so try to take hold of it and it is not there, but let it go, let it be and you are in a state of grace that is in the here and now where past, present and future are present, where Eternity is now, where God is in the present moment. Christian mysticism is a journey to the soul where heaven is experienced now and we don’t have to die to go there.

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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

The Soul Unites the Body and Spirit


Christian Mysticism is not the end of our problems in life because they are openings for our soul to reveal an inner link with the spirit. The soul not only accepts waves from the physical world in the form of light and vibrations, but insights from the spirit. The physical body assembles our sense organs to put together perceptions from the material realm while the spiritual world forms the channel to communicate intuitions. The soul brings together both the body and the spirit by being open to the revelations involving the higher dimensions as well as the sensations that deal with the lower elements of the body. The body, soul and spirit are in unity and can be expressed in our existence as our consciousness. Therefore, developing the mindfulness and recognition of this unity enlarges and expands our consciousness so we can transcend the limits of our intellect. Our mind still submits information to our consciousness, which is greater than reason and intangible to our senses, but our being is magnified and improved because of it. Our consciousness is in contact with a vast amount of information that the intellect does not know that is very relevant for our survival and happiness. Being mindful of our consciousness is the first step towards self-mastery and bringing into our awareness that which is already a part of our self, resulting in a new aspect of our-self manifesting. We are not creating something out of nothing, but discovering how to merge and be involved with our body, mind, soul and spirit as a unit something that our mind and body were not familiar with and could not set in motion. Our insecurities are due in part to our ignorance and limited perception of this unity and it is exactly what we have perceived to be missing in our life, but this expanded spiritual intelligence is within us and has been there all the time. The body, mind, soul and spirit are working together as one and are leading us to the state of consciousness called The Kingdom of Heaven. This combination is a gestalt; as physical, biological, psychological and spiritual arrangement that unifies the parts to be more than and different from the combination of parts. We are many parts, we are every part together and we are one with a deeper conceptions and impressions of ourselves and the universe. We are powerful beyond comprehension and extremely susceptible at the same time so we have his uncanny ability to observe and consider rich, multiple meanings from a single line in the Bible. When we move in the different dimensions of our consciousness, we witness the Divinity within ourselves, in all things and in all people who have ever lived. In the spirit we know phenomena instantly through and through because it is not limited by the physical sphere of influence with restrictions and constructs. In this raised consciousness we are experiencing what Jesus described thousands of years ago, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Aware of the soul as a reliable source of life, we know God is within us and at the same time inside everyone and everything else even though our mind is conditioned to believe otherwise. 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.

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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