In an earlier post we talked about what spirituality is. I basically stated that by definition, it was the realization of being animated by GOD. So today I wanted to dig into what it really means to realize this.
It’s no surprise that most of us live in our head. “I think, therefore I am”. So as a rule we go around thinking we realize, or know, who we are. In this post I want to challenge that!
There are actually two ways to realize, know, or understand things. Intellectually and experientially. The two are quite different! I can intellectually know what it’s like to drive a car; but until I get behind the wheel and experience what it’s like to drive a car; I really don’t know anything. So While we may THINK we know we are a spiritual being. Until we experience ourselves as a spirit we can only imagine what that may be like. We can believe we know so strongly as to totally convince ourselves that that is what or who we are. But…WE ARE NOT WHO WE THINK WE ARE!
Jesus says “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. John 3:3.
Buddha teaches about the “non-self” or “absence of separate self.” in The five Skandhas. (What’s a Skandha?)
In A COURSE IN MIRACLES ( A.K.A. ACIM) Jesus teaches us in T-4.I.3.
“Spirit need not be taught, but the ego must be. 2 Learning is ultimately perceived as frightening because it leads to the relinquishment, not the destruction, of the ego to the light of spirit. 3 This is the change the ego must fear, because it does not share my charity. 4 My lesson was like yours, and because I learned it I can teach it. 5 I will never attack your ego, but I am trying to teach you how its thought system arose. 6 When I remind you of your true creation, your ego cannot but respond with fear. “
( please read this again! )
Throughout the TAO TE CHING it talks about selflessness and practicing unity with all that is, yet being attached to nothing. As most all eastern religions do.
What are they pointing to? Are we suppose to turn ourselves inside out trying to fulfill these teachings? Well…YEAH! You could say that. But how impossible does it appear to be? How willing are we to forgive? Or to “Love thy neighbor as thyself”? Is it humanly possible to live such a life?
As a “human” the way we normally think of being human; No. There are many references in the Bible that tell us we all fall short. NO one can cast that first stone! So what gives? What’s the point of all these teachings? what does it REALLY mean to be “Born again”? How can we do it? CAN WE??
I’m going to get a lot of people angry right now! But Please! Stay with me for a moment and let me explain my point. You don’t have to agree with it but stay open to a new Idea! Being closed to new ideas is what keeps us stuck! What I’m about to say just MIGHT bring you closer to GOD than you ever thought possible! But it may not! That is up to you! But for it to work you’ll have to get over the initial shock of what I’m about to say! Which could take years or days or right now! Again it’s up to you! You may never accept it and that’s OK! But here goes…
As long as we believe we are this “person” with a personalty, that walks around in a body; no we can’t! No matter how hard we try; no matter what religion or spiritual practice we subscribe to; as long as we think we are the personalty, or a body, being “born again” has not happened! Sorry Christians! But getting on your knees and saying the “Jesus come into my heart” prayer won’t cut it.
See I told you! How do I know this? What right do I have to challenge the whole Christian faith!? How dare I say such a thing!!! Right? (please also see my About Me page. That will explain my perspective.)
I can hear the anger in many of you right now. And rightfully so!
But! If you send me hate mail or place nasty comments here; are you practicing your faith? Would you be living up to the “what would Jesus do?” thing? OK then. Settle down for a moment. I don’t blame anyone for being totally PO’ed right now! I expect it!! In fact it’s kind of my point! Remember the ACIM quote above? Please take a moment and re-read it.
Did you re-read it? Great! Now consider this…
If you’re angry right now; what part of you is reacting to what I said? Are you referencing the Spiritual “ I AM” or the Personality “i am”? Which is the “you” that we all normally associate with. So we are not who we think we are!
To be “Born again” means that we have dropped our attachment to the perceptions and attachments to a personal self. We see through all of that and realize that we are spirit. From an experienced point of view!!
I was blessed to have had this experience briefly in June 2012. (Several hours a day for about a week. The most peaceful experience I EVER HAD! And if that what death is..I welcome leaving my body when the time comes! There are still many things I don’t understand to be sure! We’ll get into that later; But THIS I KNOW! From experience!
It doesn’t make me special or “better than you” or anything like that at ALL! It just happened and I feel it’s very important to share the TRUTH that visited me. (For a lack of a better way to put it.)
I say it “visited” because that is no longer a part of my experience now. Which I don’t understand. But makes it none the less a part of my life I can not deny. Nor would I!!
I also want to say that the Bible IS true if one learns how to “hear” and allows GOD to teach us instead of Men. The biggest lesson is “THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN”!! Meaning it is in your mind. Buried deep beneath the EGO thought system we normally think with.
We just need to know where to look! It’s not “out there” somewhere, but a part of each of us! We are Animated by GOD!
SO… if your still angry with me and saying “who does he think he is!?”. Ask yourself: Who do think YOU are? If you can name it; that’s not it! Ask again! ♥
Keep asking until you find the peace ( or piece) of GOD inside you! If Even for just a moment! I sincerely wish this upon the world!
Stay loved & Stay tuned!