honoring Divinity

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Namaste : the divinity in me honors the divinity in you.

First, I must recognize the divinity in me.  Do I do that?  Do you?  Do we believe that God, whatever our conception of God may be, dwells within?  Jesus and his band of mystics thought that to be the truth.  “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”  LUKE 17:21

Whether or not you or I follow the theology of Christianity, this idea of God living within is not a revolutionary idea.  Verses of Judaic and Christian scriptures support the premise of ancient and contemporary mystics that the entity which we call upon as God does not dwell apart from us in the celestial skies or in the far reaches of the universe.  No,  that spark of divinity, according to those scriptures, is not only indwelling, but also an exact image of the spiritual essence lauded in Genesis as the Creator of humankind.  “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  GENESIS 1:27

You and I created in the image of God?   Wow, mind-boggling!  The book of John in the Bible’s New Testament tells believers that God is Spirit.  “God is Spirit; and those that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.” JOHN 4:24  God does not have a physical appearance. So, if we are created in the image of God, then our God essence is spirit, it is within, and each member of mankind has it.

David, the famed King of Israel and supposed author of the book of Psalms, wrote:  “Don’t throw me from your presence, and don’t take your holy Spirit from me.”  PSALM 51:11.  King David feared losing that indwelling Spirit.  Can we lose the Holy Spirit?  I don’t know, but I do know I have ignored that holy presence, I have not practiced “namaste”, honoring the divinity within me and within you.  Every time I saturated my brain with alcohol, I profaned the indwelling Spirit.  Every time I acted out with other addictive behavior, I profaned the holiness within.  Every time I used another “imaged” child of God for selfish purposes, I profaned God within.

Buddhism says that the perfection of being is within.  Understanding the 4 Noble Truths and directing life according to  MAGGA, the 8 fold pathway, will bring enlightenment or NIRVANA, “accepting the world as it is”.

There is no theology associated with Buddhism.  It is a lifestyle which focuses on an inner enlightenment and an outward display of compassion toward all of creation.  The word namaste is of Hindu origin.  When one bows with folded hands and extends the greeting “namaste”, Pranamasana has occurred.  It is an act of respect shown to others.

Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism offer great insights to my recovery program when taken as foundational principles of Good Orderly Direction, G.O.D.

 

SPIRIT VS EGO

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“God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”  John 4:24 kjv  (emphasis is mine)

Perhaps the most difficult trek through our faith journey is the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus the Christ.  Have you ever witnessed or even heard of a person returned from hours or days of death?  The only recourse we have is to think that a God who is as omnipotent as our God can surely do such a thing.  This past week the Christian world observed Holy Week with traditional services leading up to Easter Sunday.

“He is risen! Indeed, he is!” we exclaimed excitedly to one another.

Yet silently we wonder, “Yeah, and how many of you really believe that?”

The mystics do not have that doubt.  Those who believe that God is within, without, and all about in every breath, every whisper of wind, every creature, every ripple of water, every flower, every fellow human companion, every thing which was created know for certain that we are not our bodies; rather we are God spirit in a vessel of flesh and bones.  Mystics do not doubt the passages which exclaim the resurrection of Jesus the Christ because they have realized that Jesus was the Spirit, Jesus lived the spirit controlled life.  Everything Jesus thought, said, did was directed by the God spirit within whom He called Father.  Yes, Jesus of Nazareth was human, but, had transcended the dominance of human ego to be at one with the Oneness described as God.  His body was mutilated, scourged and beaten; but the Spirit within arose from the fleshly death, i.e. resurrected.

The human ego is not spirit.  It is the opposite of love and unity.  It is self-serving and it cannot tolerate the concept of being left behind when it’s dwelling place, our body of flesh, dies and decays.  It will do whatever is necessary to ensure the separation of man from man, man from earth, man from God.  It thrives on self adulation.  In its state of egomaniacal control it wants to be greater than Spirit, greater than God.

We were created by God from God’s very breath and in God’s image.  John 4:24 tells us that God is spirit.  In Genesis 1:26-27

26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…… 27 God created man in God’s own image, in the image of God man was created…..” Genesis 1:26-27

Read that verse again.  The writers of Genesis tell us that we are created in God’s image; the writer of John tells us that God is Spirit; are we not therefore spirit dwelling within a body of flesh and bones?

Jesus said,

“Verily, verily I say unto thee.  Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6