Divine Energy Pt.3

Christine wrote...

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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 solely 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... 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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Some really facinating ideas and concepts here Christine. For my part, I don't get nervous at all - reading some of your personal testimony is a blessing and a challenge to kep looking deeper into some of these spiritual concepts that so many of us take for granted, via what is often surface level pop-theology/pneumatology. Thank you again for the friendly dialogue - I hope you'll keep visiting and adding to the conversation! There are about a dozen points you bring up here that I'd like to comment on, but in good time.

Blessings,
Peter

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3 comments:

Ian Stone said...

Interesting view perhaps an addition may I add an other dimension.

Maybe Jesus resisted temptation because he was in constant communication with God, The Source and sort advice constantly, on even what most people would consider, minor decisions.

Jesus like all of us had a free will to choose and make his own decisions; as we all have this free will; however he was in constant communication with God, The Source and accepted totally the preferred actions.

We can all do this if we have a personal relationship with Jesus and God, The Source but we need to make this a habit of our thinking. This can be quite difficult.

With Love
Ian Stone – Founder of HEART Energy Healing System,
Human Energy Assessment Release Treatments
Metaphysical Institute
Metaphysical Institute Blog

2Pete said...

Ian,
I'm enjoying where you're going with this idea. But if you have a chance to come back and visit, keep going: where does this rabbit hole lead? What does constant connection to The Source look like today? We have Jesus as a model, but what about modern practice? I see in your online bio that you left the church and then returned as a Catholic (with, perhaps, Universalist tendencies?). Can just anyone attain the connection to God that Jesus did? If so, what keeps so many from drawing near to God?

Blessings,
Peter

Ian Stone said...

Hi Peter,

This is not a rabbit hole, we are all connected by our Spirit or Energy Side. This connection is to God, The Source and all other Spiritual Beings. As we are all Spiritual Beings first and here in Human form, we all have this ability.

Like anything if we don't use it, we lose it, or more correctly we lose the memory of this ability. A word of caution, you do have to be wary when communicating with Spirit Beings because unless you know precisely, whom you are communicating with, or you can be mislead, particularly by negatively oriented Spiritual Beings

You talk about evil, however there are only guided and misguided decisions these are neither right or wrong. This was a shock to me when I first learned this, but that is another topic.

As a practising Catholic; with an ability to communicate directly with Jesus; it is relatively easy to determine which parts of the Church's Teaching are the product of some misguided Church Leaders and those of God, The Source.

Jesus teachings are universal and apply today, however as most people live more in the material world, they deny their Spiritual or divine abilities.

Everyone will eventual evolve as a Soul or Spiritual Being, to the state that they have the same connection to God, The Source that Jesus has. It is just how quickly you become aware of the truth about, who you really are and begin to listen to you Spiritual Side

With Love
Ian Stone – Founder of HEART Energy Healing System,
Human Energy Assessment Release Treatments
Metaphysical Institute
Metaphysical Institute Blog

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