We all have a personal relationship with God. It is not a question of whether we are worthy of it, it is always there. It is not a question of whether is exists, or not, only whether we choose to access it. It is doubt and lack of self belief that limits us in the extent of this connection. Our connection may be unsure and uncertain at first, yet the more we establish and use it, the stronger it gets.
Our human self and our spiritual self operate in different ways. Our spirit is that part of us that is permanent and unchanging, even before life and after death. It feels different from our human self, it is softer and more loving, compassionate and joyful, it does not know anger, fear or jealousy. And it is an interconnected being. It does not see itself as separate and apart from everything else.
If we choose to get into the flow of the universe, to go with it rather than fight against it, we need to learn how to be guided, to be led by Spirit. To be led by Spirit we need to learn to recognise Spirit’s guidance and differentiate it from the voice of the ego self. We start to explore our connection to Spirit and to recognise the ways in which Spirit communicates with us.
Spiritual connection is initially found and developed through the medium of silence. Finding stillness and silence inside and then listening for the connection, the inner voice. At first we need to have trust and faith, to believe in it. Yet we can grow and develop it so that we go beyond the need for faith into a tangible experience. We can use tools to raise our vibration, to develop our energetic body, and to become more aware of ourselves, but with or without these tools we can open up to the truth that is within.
Communication and Trust
“My words are spiritual and cannot be fully comprehended by the wit of man. Nor are they to be turned and applied according to the vain pleasure of the listener, but are to be heard in silence, with great meekness and reverence, with great affection of the heart and in great restfulness and stillness of body and soul.”
The Imitation of Christ, Thomas A Kempis
Communication takes place in many ways, both directly and indirectly. The primary means of direct communication is through meditation, by stilling and quieting the mind. In the stillness we can hear the voice of Spirit, as words, as thoughts and feelings. It may be a vision, or a knowing but we can discern the voice of Spirit from the voice of the ego mind. This meditative stillness can be achieved in many ways and through many techniques. It creates an emptiness which Spirit fills. Devotion is another direct means, through prayer or contemplation of the divine. By focusing on the divine we raise ourselves up to a level of oneness or being. Direct levels of communication share the stillness, focus and raised vibration, to allow the communication to take place. In direct communication we raise ourselves up to reach Spirit. In indirect communication Spirit reaches down through other means.
We can be raised up by others who have been divinely inspired. Music, poetry, art, the written word, can raise our level of consciousness and our awareness to help us to reach up to touch the divine, When something has been divinely inspired its resonance continues, to inspire others.
Spirit uses many means to communicate with us. Almost anything can bring guidance, direction and understanding into our lives. We can be open to it or closed to it but at some level we are still guided. The more open to it we are and the more we are willing to listen and to change, the more we are aware of the guidance. A film, a book, a television programme, a conversation, a chance meeting, everything can lead us. Conscious awareness allows us to take greater advantage of the guidance given. Guidance comes in forms of understanding, direction or inspiration. We may be given some understanding of ourselves, or guidance into what action to take. We may be inspired to follow some course of action or to make or create something in our lives. The more we listen, the more we hear. The more we hear, the more we recognise the guidance. The more we recognise it, the more we trust in it and the more we listen for it. Trust is needed to start the cycle, but the inspiration spirals upwards until there is no further need for it.
In the silence the words come to us, they are always there. They only wait on observation of them. Stillness and silence deep inside, it is a knowing, a being. It is a state of being where we feel beyond ourselves, we feel we are not alone. In the silence of the mind we once more return to wholeness.
We live this life in an earthly existence. Whatever we choose to do in life we have to participate in the world, there is no way to escape it. We have to interact with the world in some way in order to live. If we choose to ignore the world, it will find ways to intrude on us. Yet we seek to maintain our connection even while the world intrudes on us or when we interact with it. This is a state of being which is developed, it grows within us the more we seek it and choose it. This is not a fight to overcome the mind, it is a peaceful transition. This is a state of being when even while the mind is active it remains open and connected. This is the balance between human existence and spiritual being. It is not a state of direct connection of raised vibration, it is a constant state of being.
The heart remains our greatest tool. It is the heart that helps us to differentiate between the states of being. When we can, we return to the heart to listen. The heart helps us to discern between what feels good and what feels bad. It is the tool of intuitive guidance, helping us to feel whether we should do something or not and whether our actions will have an overall positive or negative effect.
We seek to let Spirit guide and direct our lives and therefore we look to find a way in which we can hear Spirit’s voice. Our heart is the device which listens to Spirit and differentiates for us between Spirit and mind.
As we return into our mind, into our daily activity it does not have to be a choice to return to the ego directing us. Within our daily activity we can choose to let Spirit lead and direct us, to open to Spirit, to listen for the call and return to the heart when Spirit calls us. When it is necessary Spirit will remind us and we return to the heart, with awareness of the voice of Spirit inspiring us. Eventually it is all one, but until that time we can choose what we want. If we choose Spirit to lead our life the voice will grow within us. The more we listen the more it will grow until it resides in us permanently, leading and directing.
The Body as a Means of Communication
A Course in Miracles
Remember that the Holy Spirit interprets the body only as a means of communication. Being the Communication Link between God and His separated Sons, the Holy Spirit interprets everything you have made in the light of what He is. The ego separates through the body. The Holy Spirit reaches you through it to others. You do not perceive your brothers as the Holy Spirit does, because you do not regard bodies solely as a means of joining minds and uniting them with yours and mine. This interpretation of the body will change your mind entirely about its value. Of itself it has none.
If you use the body for attack, it is harmful to you. If you use it only to reach the minds of those who believe they are bodies, and teach them through the body that this is not so, you will understand the power of the mind that is in you. If you use the body for this and only for this, you cannot use it for attack. In the service of uniting it becomes a beautiful lesson in communion, which has value until communion is. This is God’s way of making unlimited what you have limited. The Holy Spirit does not see the body as you do because He knows the only reality of anything is the service it renders God on behalf of the function He gives it.
Rumi – Silence
There is a way from your heart to mine
and my heart knows it,
because it is clean and pure like water.
When the water is still like mirror
it can behold the moon.
Reason, when you speak
I cannot hear the Wise One.
Even if you are as thin as a hair
still there’s no space for you.
In the flaming Sun
all bright lights are put to shame.
Deafened by the voice of desire
you are unaware the Beloved
lives in the core of your heart.
Stop the noise,
and you will hear His voice
in the silence.
From Brother Lawrence – the Practice of the Presence of God
That we might accustom ourselves to a continual conversation with Him (God), with freedom and in simplicity. That we need only to recognise God intimately present with us, to address ourselves to Him every moment, that we might beg His assistance for knowing His will in all things doubtful, and for rightly performing those which we plainly see He requires of us, offering them to Him before we do them, and giving thanks when we have done….
That our sanctification did not depend upon changing our works, but for doing that for God’s sake which we commonly do for our own…. That the most excellent method he had found of going to God was that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing men and, as far as we are capable, purely for the love of God.
That it was a great delusion to think that the times of prayer ought to differ from other times; that we are strictly obliged to adhere to God by action in the time of action as by prayer in the season of prayer. That his prayer was nothing else but a sense of the presence of God, his soul being at that time insensible to everything but divine love….
That we ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.
Meditation Exercise .
Using the meditation technique from last week, start to work more intuitively with the technique in two ways.
1. Start to feel the centre where the attention is being focussed, taking the mind away from the breath and into the feeling that is being created.
2. Feel when it is the right time to move on. Wait for the time when the feeling subsides or when the mind naturally moves, not thinking but a natural change of attention. At the end again wait for the finish, there will be a moment when you know it is time to bring the attention back.
Chi Kung – Chakra Sounds
If you’ve been doing the Chi Kung sound exercises to help open the lower centres then you can now add an additional three sounds for the higher centres.
At the throat centre the sound is Aye like the letter “i”. Step back with the right foot into an advance stance (one foot forward and one back, in a strong well balanced stance. Exhale the sound, directing it with your mind into the throat centre. As you exhale push upwards with the right hand and downwards with the left. The finger tips of right hand should end up right above your crown. Do three sounds and then swap the feet and hands and repeat three more times.
At the third eye the sound is A. Standing with the feet about shoulder width apart. Sink right down using the knees and then straighten up as though lifting the earth. Push up above your head. Then lower the hands to the shoulders and push up three more times with the A sound. It should be very strong as though you are stopping the roof caving in on you. Sink down and repeat the push and sound three more times.
At the crown the sound is Eee. Draw the hands up in front and then from the crown push upwards and outwards with the Eeee sound. Let the hands sweep down and repeat, six times in all.
At the end bring your hands to your tan tien and nurture.
Exercise – Intuitive Play
When you try these exercises try to remain centred and relaxed. Try to feel the answer rather than think it. These are play exercises. Try to regard them as fun and enjoy the development of the experience.
-Every time you are taking a journey, perhaps to the local shops, or to work, where you have a choice of route. Try to be still and follow your inner voice as to which route to take.
-Try to visualise a car parking space as you drive, imagine one being available when you get there. Follow your intuition to the car park.
-Imagine traffic lights being green, notice whether you get more green lights than before. See if you get the same effect when you are rushing.
-Observe practical examples of intuition e.g. when you think about someone and later that day they call you.
-Use a pendulum to dowse, find yes and no. Ask questions and observe the answers. Ask three times if in doubt.
-Hold a crystal, try to sense the quality and the energy of the crystal.
If you get a spark of intuition act on it. If you think you know something write it down and see if it comes true.