Many of you have heard stories of individuals who have had great epiphanies coupled with an awaking as if the whole world is suddenly new. The senses are heightened to the point where colors seem not only brighter but alive. There is an incomprehensible feeling of peace accompanied by a startling objectivity that makes everything seen and everything felt new as if being seen and felt for the very first time. It is a true lightness of being where all cares have melted away and not only are any burdens lighter they simply don’t exists. Deep in the soul of one who has this experience is the beginning of true spiritual freedom and oneness with God, the Infinite Whole.
This is what so many spiritual pilgrims seek. This is what it means to free from sin. This is what it means to be one with God. This is what the seeking and knocking will yield. However, here is the rub. Most spiritual pilgrims are seeking what I described in the first paragraph as a kind of a “high”. They are seeking the “feeling” and not the reality. To acquire the reality calls for giving up of the nature that seeks the “high” or the “feeling” and replacing it with a nature that is a member of the Infinite Whole or whose spirit is one with God’s Spirit.
There is much spiritual rhetoric that has emerged over the millennia. Every religion, every sect, every cult, every guru and shaman has rhetoric that is supposed to communicate deep spiritual truths. However, no matter the rhetoric, no matter how you label spiritual enlightenment, nirvana, heaven, good over evil, or transcendence it all comes down to whether an individual’s primary heart’s desire is to be one with God above all else. That is, as I have said many times in these writings, whether you love God with all your heart, mind and spirit. Leading up to the kind of blissful state I described above is a deep yearning. Along with it comes an awareness of personal unworthiness; an almost unbearable depression in some cases. This is evidence of your nature, which is separated from God, dying so that a new nature can take its place.
Before I go any further let me say a few more words about spiritual rhetoric. The best example of confronting spiritual rhetoric comes from the lessons Jesus taught. Here is a brief example. He told his disciples that, Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.‘Matt 5:27-28
The rhetoric of the time was, thou shalt not commit adultery. Jesus confronted and corrected the rhetoric by making it clear that it is what is in one’s heart, what one desires that matters. Here is another rub, whatever you desire most will claim you for its own. Most people have multiple masters because their heart desires many things. They are in love with things. Rhetorical teachings and vain babbling about spiritual things prevent you from recognizing the meaning behind the words. Now back to the main message of bliss and everlasting peace as the result of the death of the old nature and the birth of the new.
In the age that we live, it can be very, very difficult to shed the nature that desires to remain separated from from God. There is a false “feeling” that can arise from the struggle for spiritual freedom. The minute we get that everything is okay feeling, whether achieved by therapy, counseling, or medication, we once again succumb to replacing oneness with God with self gratification. We have in Jesus two perfect examples of what it takes to become one with God. The transfiguration and his death, burial and resurrection. And while we don’t have to suffer the physical torture of execution on the despicable Roman execution tool of the cross, we must in the same way suffer through the death of a nature that desires to be separated from God. This can be psychologically and spiritually painful. However, it is a very small price to pay. What is more, to the degree that your desire to be reunited is strong to that same degree will the suffering be mitigated as God’s Spirit(The Holy Spirit) helps your spirit to endure and overcome.
It does not end there. Daily prayer and meditation are absolutely necessary to strengthen and maintain the bond between your spirit and God’s Spirit. When you achieve the initial state where you shed your old nature, analogous to the transfiguration, you must seal the deal so to speak by remaining vigilant. Jesus warned of this in the parable, 24When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he said, I will return to my house from where I came out. 25And when he comes, he finds it swept and garnished. 26Then goes he, and takes to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.Luke 11:24-26 This “unclean spirit” is YOUR SPIRIT, which desires to live separate from God. The “seven other spirits” are all of the false desires of YOUR SPIRIT, that you choose to replace God with.
So don’t be afraid to suffer until your old spirit, which desires to be separate from God, dies. That is the good kind of suffering. Pray(keep your spirit in communication with God’s Spirit) and practice daily mediation. Don’t be deceived by the initial feeling of euphoria once you have reunited with God. That feeling is evidence or a manifestation of spiritual awakening, however it should not be confused with a life of ONENESS with God, the Infinite Whole. And when physical death knocks at your door, because of your ONENESS with God, you will be able to declare, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”. And like, Jesus, you will have overcome the prison of this life to become forever Free. And for that:
To God Be The Glory Forever, and Ever