The reason that I use this particular “piece” of illuminated sky to illustrate the topic of abiding is the first beatitude as translated by NDK,
Blessed are those who base their lives in the luminosity of Spirit; theirs shall be the ability to bear edible fruit.
Basing our lives in the luminosity of Spirit is the principle task then, toward living a life that abides in Spirit. But, how do you do that? It is not easy, and it must be realized that there is discipline of one’s own spirit that must take place in order to base oneself in the luminosity of the Holy Spirit. This is not something that spontaneously occurs when you say please, it happens over time, and only if you allow Spirit to take the polishing cloth to you on a daily basis.
So, how does this process occur? Prayer! Yes, prayer. Daily meditational and vocal prayer. I say both types, because we westerners are apt to think of prayer as a “Christmas list” of wants and needs. That is only a very small part of an active prayer life. We were, indeed, encouraged to think of the “Aba-Eem” as being willing to answer our every need and even many of our desires, by Y’shua. But that is only a part of what effective prayer entails.
First, there is actually an attitude of prayer. The Natives of North America call it walking with a light step. To a Tibetan monk, it is so much a part of his training that by the time you would meet him, it is woven into his entire being. But, there it is, isn’t it? Training. There are many Christians who believe that if you “train” and weave, and discipline the spiritual life, you drain the spontenaity out of your service, and therefore, the Holy Spirit. That is a factor that must be watched for, they didn’t come to that conclusion sucking it out of their thumbs.
Ouch, that means you have to learn to walk a balance beam. Too much insistence on “doing it” this particular way, does indeed leave Spirit outside the door. I will share with you here that the first time I realized what the Buddhists were doing and enjoyed it was when I learned to do Tai Chi, it is a daily exercise that is meditational in nature. It is prayer in motion. Doing Tai Chi teaches you the proper attitude that actually puts you in an internal “place of prayer”.
This same thing is accomplished for the western mind by the walking of the labyrinth. It is a deliberate stilling of the mind, while remaining aware of the “flow” of things all around you and in you. And, that, dear reader, may be the very key as to why these disciplines work to increase our awareness of Spirit. She is not called the “ruach ha’kodesh” for no reason. That phrase means Holy Breath, and could even be taken to mean Holy Gentle Breeze.
In fact, there is much in the Gospels to indicate that Y’shua thought of her as the essential life force in the very air you breathe. You could think of the Holy Spirit as being available to you as Oxygen, and not be far wrong. It is this level of awareness of Spirit that is involved in basing your life in the luminosity of The One.
Perhaps I need here, to address the reason that I call the Holy Spirit her, rather than him (Christian usage, as in the spirit of Christ). I would like you to look at Proverbs chapter 8
1 Doth not wisdom acry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye asimple
, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding bheart
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall aspeak btruth
; and wickedness is
an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For awisdom is
better than brubies
; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with aprudence
, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The afear
of the Lord is
evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me akings
reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I alove
them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are
with me; yea,
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 The Lord
possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his aworks
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor athe
highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was
there: when he set a acompass
upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth alife
, and shall obtain favour of the Lord
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love adeath
Now, I am sorely aware that I have gone on too long, though I am by no means finished with what Spirit has taught me about this particular lesson, so I will here divide this into another post. If you wish to read on, please do so, but this is a good place to stop and contemplate if you are tired. Thanks,