Divine Energy...

Recently I received an e-mail from a friendly online visitor named Christine, a practicing Taoist with questions about emerging Christianity.

Christine wrote:

I organize a meetup site for Taoists, and someone joined my site who wrote on his profile page that he was also interested in emergent Christianity. I didn't know what this was so I searched on the internet and found your site.

I saw that you wrote about emerging christians, that "We have hope for the kingdom of God to break into the present, and to transform the present." I have never been a Christian but I hear this a lot, and I wonder what it really means.

I'm reading a book called Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas. He talks about the Greeks and how they had the concept of the Logos, a divine intelligence that created and organizes the world. Then I read about early Christianity and how people were so amazed and thrilled that Christ had been transformed by the divine spirit of God. They thought that humans up to this point had been separated from God but now they had Christ as an example of how God or divine energy could actually unite with a human.

So I was thinking about your comment about God breaking into the present, and transforming the present. And I wanted to say that I think it is currently possible for divine spirit or energy to enter a human and transform a human into a higher being. Some people would be somewhat transformed and others, maybe not as many, could be transformed into a divine being like Christ. Do you think so?

I know this happened to Buddha and Mohammed. The Taoists have the idea of Tao which is similar to the concept of God or cosmic energy. I think this energy is universal and that it's available to all humans, but depending on the evolutionary consciouness of a particular human, it will have a different transformative affect on each person. What do you think?

Just to let you know, I never went to church. My family stopped going before I was born. All my brothers went to Catholic school, but my father got sick of the church asking him for money so he stopped going. I guess my mother wanted me to go to church when I was a baby, and when my family, all-dressed up in their sunday best, went to get into the car, my brother's finger got broken in the car door hinge. So they ended up taking him to the emergency room instead of taking me to church! After that I guess they figured it was too much trouble.

So now I'm a Taoist which is a great! I love my practice!

Personally, I love it when non-Christians touch base for respectful interfaith dialogue!

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nate said...

Kudos to Christine for engaging you in this way!

I found that a lot of what she had to say to be compatible, in a sense, with Christianity.

I would love for her to elaborate on the idea of "evolutionary consciousness," as it impacts the transformational effect of Tao. Coincidentally I just blogged on a related subject.

2Pete said...

Thanks for the comment Nate! I agree with some of the compatibility. I just posted my response to her and have another e-mail from Christine to post shortly.

Blessings to you!

christine said...

In the book I'm reading, Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas, it says: "The notion of the Holy Spirit as a divine principle of revolutionary spiritual power, immanent in the human community and moving it toward deification, [was] diminished in Christian belief in favor of a notion of the Holy Spirit as soley invested in the authority and activities of the institutional Church." I guess the early Church saw this "revolutionary spiritual power" as a threat to its mediating role as the provider of human redemption from sin?

What I was saying in my email (which had a subject line, by the way, of divine energy not divine light) is that I think there is a universal energy (call it Tao, God or whatever) that can unite with a human being. Tarnas says: "Through a continuing influx of the [Holy] Spirit, a progressive incarnation of God into humanity was being effected ... Although a human being's mortal reasonings were valueless ... with the inspiration of the Spirit one could attain divine knowledge." And with that, I'm thinking that a human's ability to resist temptation to sin probably also becomes stronger. Just as Christ had a strong ability to resist temptation in the desert.

Even though we humans may think we are not good enough to attain this kind of transformation, we could, if we have a highly evolved enough consciousness, which means that some people (probably through reincarnation and karma) have just become more moral in this lifetime than others.

Also, I don't think many people believe in this universal or cosmic energy anymore. Mainly because we have become separated from nature and other living things. Our current worldview is mostly material and mechanistic. Tarnas concludes his chapter on the Holy Spirit by saying: "In the long run, the Holy Spirit was conceived rather in more general and impersonal terms as a mysterious and numinous power, whose intensity seemed to have radically diminished as time grew more distant from the generation of the first apostles..."

I was interested to learn about "the descent of the Holy Spirit" into Jesus' disciples. Supposedly it was "like the rush of a mighty wind filling the house" with "tongues of fire" appearing above the disciples heads. To me, this seems similar to the yogic experience of kundalini energy entering a person who meditates. Supposedly there is a roaring sound and it feels like energy is rushing up the spine and pouring out from the top of the head.

In my practice, we practice Taoist alchemy to cleanse the body's energy channels and chakras (which are similar to the neural pathways and glandular centers of the body but on an energetic level) in order to receive this cosmic or kundalini energy. Our Grandmaster, who lived as a hermit in the mountians, compared Taoist alchemy to a burning candle to explain the unification process of body, mind and personal spirit with the Tao or Holy Spirit energy. I'm not going to type it all out but if you're interested you can read more about it on this webpage: www.sundo.org/sundo-higher.htm

I hope people don't get nervous with me talking about esoteric practices. I'm really serious about everything I've said. When I was 12 years old, I had never been to church but I wanted to know, "What is God?" It really bugged me because I used to think God was a person and I wasn't satisfied with that. So I started reading books about buddhism, shamanism, psychology, etc... I practiced martial arts and studied different pagan religions until I found this Taoist practice. Now I think I understand what is common in all religions. I used to think Christianity was ridiculous, oppresive and boring but after reading Tarnas' book, I now realize Christianity started out as a great religion but got corrupted by selfish and small-minded people just like a lot of other religions did.

You are doing great work in talking about what unites us rather than what separates us.

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