I am a strong believer in Meditation, and prayer!
I am a strong believer in Meditation, and prayer!
Majestic isn’t it, the soaring bird, eagles wide spread, clear skies, beautiful picture. Isn’t that what we all year for. Genesis 28:10-22 would seem to tell us, yes.
Let’s look at this passage. Jacob has a dream about a ladder, wrestling, and then there is transformation after wrestling with an angel, God, something that changed him. How does he do this? How does he climb this ladder and what does this ladder represent? Remember, in the bible Jesus is said to grow in stature etc… and it pleased God, the different persons in the bible went through different stages of consciousness, with Paul saying he was a babe, a child, but then after his encounter with the risen Christ, he was a grown up. From a metaphysical stance this telling us that we often have to wrestle with different things to grow in our consciousness, understanding and maturity, but for that to happen, we have to be willing to confront what needs confronting to change our behavior, so if one is wishy-washy, can’t make quick decisions, seize opportunities as guided by the Holy Spirit, is doing a million things, but nothing concrete gets done and flourishes, then you need to confront that, and by looking to Christ, in union with him you can overcome that. Whatever is going on that is creating in your life dis-ease you need to deal with it, confront it, process it and overcome by the qualities Christ showed, one of those being decisiveness, clarity of self, being prayerful, listening to the Holy Spirit, let him guide you to what to do, not your own desires for your own pleasures, or wanting to live out something you didn’t live out in your youth or stuff like that. As we look to our own lives, let us look at these questions:
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Today those in the Christian faith, even the Metaphysical Christian faith celebrate Pentecost. What does it mean from a spiritual, metaphysical, metaphorical etc.. viewpoint to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to have a fire baptism of the Holy Spirit as the disciples of Christ were said to have had?
Metaphysically God the Father is the Principles architect, the son is the creative plan in action and the Holy Spirit is the personality of the incarnate plan. It is the spirit of God’s laws in action, the active force of thought and action, of being, acting and reacting in truth of God’s laws with right boundaries, wisdom and understanding. The Holy Ghost is the force and aspect of self that does the speaking, searching, selecting, revealing, reproving, testifying, leading, confronting, and comforting to every man knowing God fully, his boundaries, laws and truth. That truth can only be known when the Ego is put aside, when the heart, spirit and soul come together as one. For that deep connection of heart, spirit and soul at any great depth to occur and be able to really discern without any outside clatter, fear has to be released and ego, which is where the Holy Spirit, that spirit of truth of God comes in.
How is connection to the Holy Spirit beneficial to one’s daily life? Most of us are looking to know from a practical standpoint not just a spiritual one, what is the role of the Holy Spirit, once the Ego and immaturity are not dominating, once we are not fragmented by Ego and immaturity? That is a good question and here are some:
This Pentecost, let us meditate for our Ego and Immaturity to be put aside, our fears to be put aside, conquered and our being to be filled with the Holy Spirit of creation and creativity, all things positive, creative, wise, truly wise, including boundaries, including respect for law and order, proper authority, for life.
Each Day we encounter energies, tensions etc.. on different levels, some are thrown at us externally and not so easy to deflect. Others, we create by being fragmented, by not being wise stewards in our lives, by not having cohesion in how we manage things in our life, work, relationships, thus creating negative flow. We create tensions etc.. by refusing to realize when we are on a wrong path and refusing to make changes for our greater good, happiness etc…, and even that of others in doing so. I hope this helps to bring healing to you and also awareness of these things so you can and will make any necessary changes to your life etc…, very constructive ones.
Life is an amazing journey and understanding it, making sense of it, well that can be quite something.
Some people feel that to experience life they have to be involved in a million activities, connect to a million experiences, people places, the honeybee effect I call it, quite dizzying for others to watch and participate in. Others feel that a lifetime of academics will do it so they have a lot of book smart, but when it comes to Holy Spirit guidance connection any of that and street life smart, nah, nothing, nada, zip. How can we figure out what life is? One way is to look at nature and the weather, duh. God was actually quite genius in giving seasons, the weather patterns, even if they are not always bearers of good tidings. They are, along with the cycles of nature a perfect answer to how do you experience life and understand life. There is a passage in Genesis when God first created the world and he sends down the angels report two different scenarios, one of all laughter, the other of all tears, and neither is suitable according to God, but the third a mix is. The seasons are not static, neither are emotions, not supposed to be, neither is life. The trees and flowers go through their cycles of dying and rebirth, so do we, so do our dreams.
As for experiencing life, well if you revel in the fact that you are alive each day even if you might have aches pains whatever, and if you actually have not quantity of people in your life, very superficial, but raw deep connection quality of people, are doing what the Holy Spirit is calling you to do not others want you to do, your calling, see the wonder in nature even when it gets wonky. Relationships, kids all of that is experiencing life. Every time we step out the door is experiencing life. Even just sitting outside and observing people, children play, observing and then writing a song, being inspired by that is experiencing life, and doing so with another that you connect with, flow with even more awesome experience. Experiencing and understanding life isn’t about a lot of things, a lot of stimulus, not what it is about. Another way to understand life for those of us in the Christian faith is I think the Psalms, Proverbs and New Testament in particular the Gospels and Acts and I don’t mean any of the crazy modern translations, a really good sound from the original Greek and Hebrew translation that doesn’t twist things to try and fit what society wants. Even in Metaphysics, there can be found a good philosophical translation Bible such as the one from Unity that focuses on the philosophical and metaphysical spiritual perspective of the Bible. Truly the Bible does if you have a good translation and common sense, understanding of boundaries, law and order, other core principles, interpret itself pretty much.
Experiencing life is not supposed to leave you exhausted and neither is search for God, friendship, fellowship, knowledge self, for any of this. If it is, then a change of direction is in order. These searches should be just the opposite, so if the search to experience and understand life is leaving you exhausted then you need to step back, do some soul searching, serious decluttering and streamlining, realize life can be understood without a heck of a lot of complication, and exhaustion.
If we can grow up, mature, and get focused on quality, not quantity in life, the vision everything necessary is there, we just have to get focused to find it, embrace and fly with it. There is a beautiful host of sacred support here and beyond ready to guide, once we have tuned in and can draw that to us, are willing to work with it, accept it.
From a metaphysical standpoint it is first important to know the meaning of the names of those in the Bible, what they represent. We will begin with that.
Stephen means “crowned”. and thus represents the head, crown, reason, orderly thought. Those of balance, even when the Spirit stirs in them, don’t go off in a frenzy, all balmy, no. They heed the stirring, but they meditate, they seek to balance the head and the heart, so there is no discord. Stephen was presenting well thought out logical we could say “law and order” arguments, but that did not well with those of pure emotion. Unity says it beautifully when they say: This cry of “blasphemy” is always made by those who are put to rout by the Truth—it is their last resort. So we find in our own minds this tendency to fear that we can go too far in spiritualizing our thought and its environment. When the Spirit of Jesus of Nazareth, or the Spiritual Man Demonstrated, shows us that this fleshly temple must be replaced by one of incorruptible substance, which will not be under the mortal law (Moses), we are apt to halt in our upward flight. But when the illumined Stephen is brought before the whole consciousness, “All that sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.” In the face of all opposition Truth shines undimmed. If we look to the New Testament and to Christ we see a new paradigm.
I pointed out in a previous post about the beauty of the dignity of the Catholic Mass, but there is also a beauty in the in depth reasoning of the theology of it all. Reason must accompany faith, just like it must accompany even a dream one is to pursue. The New Testament takes us from Law of the Flesh, what in metaphysics is referred to as Mortal Law to Spiritual Law. Now the law of God, in and through Christ, Salvation is written in the heart, and the sacrifices etc.. are Christ centered not me centered. Even though Stephen knew he had reason on his side, he got goaded into a fight, false accusations against him came up and he got goaded into full emotional outpouring and “I’ll show you” kind of thing. It’s easy for that to happen to us, when one or the other, the head alone or the heart alone rule the moment etc.. What this is meant to show us is that we must never be goaded into going into either mode, pure academic or pure emotion. Rather there must be a coming together of the head and the heart, which I will say is not an easy thing, far from it and is a lifelong journey of grasping. However it is worth making the effort.
Substance, where does that come from? Think about the process of something coming to life. First you have the idea, the thought, then you might write it down, or speak it to someone, then after that it begins to take shape in the physical realm of things. God spoke it all into existence, the Word was with Him, was then made flesh. That means God had this idea in his head already for creating a world. It originated in God’s psyche. Christ is the eternal life and bread sent to us, and we are to gnaw on him, which you can imagine seemed pretty barbaric to some, that notion. The holiness of God, the wonders of the creator, the teachings of Christ, in Context please, not just hippie love kind of context. He was clear about law and order, adhering to God’s moral laws, and sinning no more, so let’s keep that in mind always. We must live in full consciousness that we are created by the Word of God, and the great gift given in Christ in the Word made flesh who willingly, this is key, willingly gave his life so we could gnaw and have eternal life, always have that sacred Christ to look upon dead, buried, resurrected as an example of God’s amazing grace.