Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Nature of Spiritual Power

Posted by Bill Frase - The nature of the Source of Spiritual Power to which this blog is dedicated is Love. To our detriment, we usually misconceive Love in at least two different senses. First, many people think wrongly about Love. Many people think it is a feeling. Others think that it is a word that is related to nothing at all. Some people think it is a favorable opinion. All of these people are wrong when it comes to the Love to which I am referring. We also misconceive Love in another, more important sense - we do not allow ourselves to become impregnated with it. We do not allow ourselves to be conceived by Love. Constantly, persistently, it waits patiently on the door steps of our hearts, knocking gently, ready for our acceptance, ready to enter should we desire it; yet we usually ignore it like a proselyte we don’t want to entertain. As we cling to insubstantialities, we constantly let opportunities to begin our lives anew slip away. For these and other reasons, most of us have not received much (if any) of the Love available to us.

There are different kinds of love that exist in the cosmos, and there is a very special kind that emanates from the Divine Source. While I will at different times refer to the other loves, my focus in this entry and most of my future entries will be upon the Spiritual Power of what may be called God’s Divine Love.

People sometimes talk about the fact that God loves human beings. This is true. It is a fact known to those who have had concrete experiences to this effect. It is a wish for many who have not received it, but hope that somehow they will experience it, whatever it is…someday. But there is another fact that we seldom talk about. Most of us do not love God. Also, we very rarely allow God to love us. Most of us have never considered the fact that we have not allowed God to love us. Most of us do not think very much about how little we love God. Most of us are blind to the barricades we have built around our hearts and minds to protect us from getting hurt. And just as a prison is as much one for the prisoners as it is for the guards, we have become trapped within our own defensive positions and practices.

Human beings have been blessed with free will. This means that we have the ability to choose each moment without being constrained by preceding causes. The thing that I know for sure is that God’s Power of Divine Love is currently flooding the entire universe. It is available everywhere to all people. But just as a child can refuse to accept the love and help of an earthly parent (or anyone else for that matter) so people are free not to accept, receive, and experience the Power of Love that the Celestial Parent showers upon every person everywhere. It’s just like a TV signal. If you don’t tune into the station, you miss the show.

God’s Love is not a sappy feeling, an idea, a hope, a wish, or a nice way of saying that God doesn’t mean to hurt anyone. No! God’s Love is the single greatest source of power available to people that has ever existed or that will ever exist (so far as we know, anyways). It is more powerful than all of the suns in all of the galaxies, it is superior to space, time, and any other aspect of the created universe. This is true for at least one reason, if not others. God’s Power of Divine Love is not something that exists for a time only to dissipate. It is not like anything that can be perceived with the natural senses like sight or taste or touch. It is self-existing. It is the very nature and substance of the Deity. This being so, those that come to possess this power in ever-increasing quantities, truly become ever-more empowered. Ordinary and common limitations and restrictions are removed. As recipients of Divine Power progress in our journeys, we are free to love. We are free to be who we really are. We are free to accept others for who they really are. We give freely. We feel no fear. We are free to receive ever more of the good things that God desires to give to us.

A person who has yet to discover the reality of God’s Divine Love is like a family that has just been informed that there are hundreds of millions of dollars of gold buried under their property. A government geologist, using a new form of satellite imaging, has informed them that she has discovered a rich vein of gold running right under their twice-used trailer. But the family decides to do nothing about this news. They question the motives of the geologist. Certainly she is trying to con them, even though she has not asked them for anything in return for this information. They decide that even if the geologist in sincere, they will not disturb anything to get at the gold. Moving the trailer is not an option. They rationalize that they like their home just as it is. Anyways, it would take some work to get the gold and it could be difficult. For some reason, selling the property is out of the question. They will not share the mineral rights either. And since they won’t do these things, how would they get the time to dig it up, working full-time at their minimum wage, dead-end jobs without benefits? Digging for the gold could eventually destroy their home. They didn’t even want to think about losing that for which they had worked so hard. What if other people found out about their gold and wanted to take it from them? What if people constantly came asking them for things they didn’t want to give because of their new-found wealth? Besides, they play the lottery every week, and there’s always a chance they could hit it big without having to move their home and dig up their yard. On and on they turn a no-brainer into an endlessly insane rationalization.

As ridiculous as this story is, there are many who have been told of the Spiritual Gold buried under their individual and collective feet for thousands of years. Most people throughout history did not want to mess anything up to get it. Today, rather than digging for gold that is rightfully ours already, (We don’t even need to stake a claim!) we continue clinging to trash. Most of us live lives largely devoid of meaning, purpose, hope, joy, peace, and love. We go through repetitive motions like machines on assembly lines, leading lives of lackluster predictability and heavy apathy. Our hearts are like stones and our Spiritual Selves have become dry and hardened. We seldom take the time to question how we are playing the game, let alone whether we are playing the right game in the right arena.

And just in case you started getting any ideas that God’s Power is given solely for the individual benefit of individual people, you may let go of that idea right now. God’s Power of Love is given for the sake of everyone and everything. It is given because the Power of God’s Love is meant to be exercised in and through people made in the invisible image of the Deity’s Spiritual Self. That is why I named this blog “Spiritual Power for the Sake of All.”

God’s Love is like an untapped source of energy as abundant as space itself. This invisible energy is everywhere with unlimited potential to do good. The possibilities of this power will remain unrealized until human beings allow themselves to become receivers for it. Until we attune ourselves to it, we continue to exist as if the power were not there. But when we start receiving God’s Power, everything changes. We see differently. We feel differently. We think differently, and most importantly, we act differently…better. And the more Power we receive, the more good our actions produce without having to try harder. When we get to a certain point in our development in this Power, we do good effortlessly. We have all of the Power we need to do everything necessary for ourselves, each other, and the cosmos. When we experience it, we will become people of Power, working together, for the sake of all.

2 comments:

  1. definitely gives me something to think about. Thanks.

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  2. My pleasure! Questions also welcome. Because of the general nature of the posts at this time, people may be interested in specific applications of the ideas I am sharing to either real or hypothetical situations. I understand that some of the things I am sharing may seem unlikely or unimportant. That's okay. If anyone wants to question anything I write here, I will be very happy to respond as acurately and honestly as I can.

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