Monday morning thoughts (salvation comes from within)

Turn within to the eternal life-giving spirit. Pay attention to what bubbles up in your deep feelings. Look and see what you are shown there. A new world will open up if we will speak from these deep feelings to each other. They don’t have to be profound, spiritual or sophisticated words, they only need to be your words.

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The salvation of this world is not going to come as a slight alteration or improvement of what we are already doing. This is why Jesus emphasized “repentance,” which has nothing to do with feeling regret or grief over one’s sinful behavior, but means to move to a higher dimension for understanding and living. Jesus said, “I am in this world but not of this world.” This is also true of you. That other world is within us. Find that world. Listen to that world. Follow that world. Express that world. It’s a very different world than this one, and it will open up a whole new reality if we will trust it.

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It’s unfortunate that religion made Jesus an uninteresting and irrelevant figure to many people. Contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not a religious person or founder of Christendom. In my view, Jesus is the most misunderstood person because of what religion did to him, and because people try to understand him through religion.
 
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This morning I checked the news headlines on my phone app. and was reminded of the turmoil of this world. The whole mental/religious construct that God is up above, in control, and overseeing the affairs of our world does not match the reality of the situation. In some ways we have never progressed past the most primitive notions of Sky-God. Jesus cast aside this view by emphatically teaching that he and God were one, and that all of us share in that same spiritual reality and dimension. God is not a mythological-type superhero riding the sky, but an eternal life-giving spirit that flows within us. Nothing in this world is going to change until we stop looking into the sky for answers and start looking inside ourselves.

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  1. Jesse says:

    I totally agree with you especially paragraph 4. I just stopped what I was writing because you really struck a cord. I let my frustrations enter my comments and that is not right. Everyone has to learn that they make their own suffering and they need to go inside to right themselves. Putting it on God to fix things for you is wrong thinking. He didn’t cause the problem why should He save your butt. Thank you for allowing me to blow off steam and then a do-over, it really helped.

  2. Dan Gilliam says:

    Nicely written. We’re on the same path, Jim. I wonder how far the modern evangelical church has progressed in its acceptance of mystical christianity since I left (2007)? I was always amazed at how defensive and afraid some people would get when I talked about listening to the inner voice of the Spirit for guidance and wisdom. My position title was Minister of Meditation and Prayer. In part, because I introduced a labyrinth to the church, at the end of two years you would have thought my job title was Medicine Man of New Age Fairies and Witch Doctoring. (I’m exaggerating…a little) I loved having the opportunity, however, to form and lead a contemplative ministry consisting of silence, Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer, meditation, and walking the prayer labyrinth even if the church wasn’t quite ready for it. I’m up for trying it again someday, If God is.

  3. dangilliam59 says:

    Nicely written. We’re on the same path, Jim. I wonder how far the modern evangelical church has progressed in its acceptance of mystical christianity since I left (2007)? I was always amazed at how defensive and afraid some people would get when I talked about listening to the inner voice of the Spirit for guidance and wisdom. My position title was Minister of Meditation and Prayer. In part, because I introduced a labyrinth to the church, at the end of two years you would have thought my job title was Medicine Man of New Age Fairies and Witch Doctoring. (I’m exaggerating…a little) I loved having the opportunity, however, to form and lead a contemplative ministry consisting of silence, Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer, meditation, and walking the prayer labyrinth even if the church wasn’t quite ready for it. I’m up for trying it again someday, If God is.

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