Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Surprised by Hope...

...is the name of a book I read recently, and I was.  It is summed up in this Coptic Icon of the Resurrection, which shows Adam and Eve, representing our common humanity, pulled from the grave as Christ returns in a new heaven and a new earth, flanked by Prophets and Kings.  He pulls us beyond the limits of our created psychological body image ('Psykikon Soma') into our true nature, or original body, the 'Pneumatikon Soma', the one powered by God's spirit.  The point of being a Christian then is not to beleive or disbeleive in the resurrection, but to recreate it.  It is not about going to heaven when we die, or being 'good enough' but being a channel for cosmic justice mercy freedom beauty and compassion, ushering in what we know is coming..

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Relax, no-one is in control!

To grow is to let go, and you can only be happy in the world, give, trust, if you are free of the world, because you cannot be capable, simple, and free from fear and desire, until God the Holy Spirit alone is your being, and you don’t care whether you exist or die, which is eternal life, Jesus' timeless teaching encapsulated in his advice: Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).  

A worldly definition of religion, such as the worship of a Higher Being, is like psychology - it will assume your 'I' is of the world, so it needs to surrender, adjust, get better, get relief, find self-esteem, approval, a healthy attachment, or whatever, without ever realising that whatever is perceived, felt, touched, seen, heard, smelt, tasted, or thought, cannot be who you are anyway.  You are the perceiver, feeler, toucher, seer, hearer, smeller, taster or thinker, and this 'I' alone is Love, but people don't want this Love, because people think they need something else, such as to be loved, or to be recognised, or approved of.

Worldly religion even tries to teach a need for belief in Jesus. But wouldn't you rather know his spirit yourself than have him as an imaginary friend?  Passion for him without compassion for everyone is a history lesson, a belief to cling to, it is not what the New Testament calles Pistis [faith], a living trust, the release he taught: “Why do you call me Lord, and not do what I say”? (Lk 6:46). 

So relax, no-one is in control, neither you nor anyone, God's eternally present I is the only Self scripture witnesses to, when it says Be Still, and know that I am God (Ps 46:10), I am the Vine and you are the branches (Jn 15:5), I am, the way, the truth, and the life (Jn 14:6), I and the Father are one (Jn 10:30), Before Abraham was, I am (Jn 8:58) I have learnt to be content under all circumstances (Phil 4:12), you may participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) , and let this mind be in you which was in Christ, who made himself nothing (Phil 2:5). 

So, don’t be trapped, blocked off, 'I' does not refer to a separate body or a mental image, and if you think otherwise, that is a thought, not who you are. Possibly it is an anxious thought, caused by the tightening of the body.

 So let it go, because anything you perceive is not who you are. The Christian desert Fathers and Mothers used to say that if you want rest both here and hereafter, "always ask yourself 'Who am i?' and never judge anyone."  

In the sermon on the mount (Matt 5-7) Jesus taught a state of happiness, blessedness, where you are not a body mind, but poverty, empty of ego and therefore truly allowing God to be the only I am.

“I am” is not a thought or an experience, it is the uncreated essence that manifests as matter energy and psyche, losing no potential at all in doing so. 
  
Because, I am that I am (Ex 3:14), lowly, meek, yet all powerful.

 Amen +

Friday, 2 December 2016

ON LETTING GO D


Try this interview with writer John Butler in Bakewell parish church in Derby diocese, where he meditates daily.  The son of a Russian refugee was a farmer but he explored the deserts of the world and then Russia, where he discovered the Jesus prayer, and also the presence of God. 

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The spirit of God is the life of nature, consciousness itself


A crematorium worker told me he didn’t believe in God, claiming there was no evidence, so I asked him if he had a mind.  He said yes, and I asked him how he knew. “I experience it,” he said.  “And I experience God,” I replied.  Later, I was invited to explore the furnaces which burn away human flesh, and the machines that crush up human skulls and bones into powder.

And outside the crematorium, contemplating nature in squirrels, trees, birds, grass and sky and clouds, trying to understand the nature of death, I experienced a sudden, lovely, gentle, intuitive voice; “I have given you the clues,” it whispered. Now, what is the experience of a sudden, lovely, gentle intuitive voice, if not an Angel?

Angelos means messenger, and in the Bible, messengers interact with our minds, in dreams, visions, and the events in nature. The theologian Thomas Aquinas said Angels learn though intuition, they don’t have schools and books, we encounter them intuitively, in prayer, creativity and ritual.

Aquinas also warned that if you ever make a mistake about nature, it will lead you to make another mistake, about God. The mistake is regarding nature as unconscious. Not only is nature conscious, but God is consciousness, and as the Orthodox Church says; “the spirit of God is the life of nature,” so true life is union with God’s consciousness.  All experience is only infinite consciousness, God’s infinite being.

Creatures cling to life, but life does not cling to creatures, and as St Paul wrote to those Corinthians; “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,” he said, but “if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”   This means nature transcends the gross physical body, the mental body, the subtle energy body. If this sounds irrational, or unscientific, remember...

Biologist Wallace, who discovered evolution with Darwin, thought intellectual beings guided it. Quantum theory has made Physicists realise matter is a field of invisible interactions. Einstein thought about light being timeless, how light moves from sun to earth in no time, but to external observers like him, it seemed to take eight minutes.  

What if Angelic, internal being, light, like photons, moves timelessly without mass in space, in the kind of life Jesus called eternal?  An Angel could not help but love you, and inspire you to rise above the lower angels of your own nature, lower because motivated by fleshly pride greed and fear, not by a love stronger than death.

Traditional theology has nine levels of consciousness governing this universe, the top three called cherubim, or divine knowledge, seraphim, or love, and thrones, or presence. Knowledge, love, presence surround you, and when the Bible asks; “What is man, that thou art mindful of him,” it answers, “we are a little lower than Angels.”  Jesus said in resurrection, we are as the angels. 

So despite vulnerability or pain, don’t cling, love is letting people be where they are, as 1 Corinthians says, a perishable body is sown, an imperishable body raised. True nature is peace, hidden with God in Christ (Col3:3). The world cannot give this peace and it cannot be grasped or defended.  All experience of the apparent physical mental world is only infinite consciousness, God’s infinite being.  Do you live like this?