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Meditatio House: Growing in the God-human’s Yes.

We are living in an age when the possibilities for the development of human consciousness have been radically transformed by the resurrection of Christ. Every human consciousness has undergone this transformation because in his risen and universal consciousness we have access to the Father, the source and goal of human life and indeed all creation. We live in an age of the infinite mystery realised in Christ and in us. Meditation is simply openness to that reality. (John Main, Word Made Flesh, 3. Italics added).

In Christ Jesus (the God human) humanity can now be a full human participant in the divine life. This is the startling gift and message of Easter.

Jesus’ full yes to God (in his life, death and resurrection) can be our yes to God happening within God and us now.

The fullness of divine Love as transformative of the human condition resides in our human consciousness waiting for our acceptance of Jesus’ yes to his Father as our yes. This yes of Christ is what the Christian grows into over a lifetime.

All that stands in the way of what God can do in us (and with us) is our unbelief in what God can do. All other impediment is gone, dissolved in the yes of Jesus.

The Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, that is, by me and by Silvanus and Timothy, was never Yes-and-No; his nature is all Yes. For in him is found the Yes to all God’s promises and therefore it is ‘through him’ that we answer ‘Amen’ to give praise to God. It is God who gives us, with you, a sure place in Christ and has both anointed us and marked us with his seal, giving us as pledge the Spirit in our hearts. (2Cor1:19-22).

In the depths of our being we already are what our egos desire to be of themselves. This is what the Reality of Christ consciousness reveals and makes possible in our human lives. Humility and faithfulness (part of any yes of the human creature to its Creator) are the foundations of the realisation of this revelation in human development. Our deepening acceptance of this (as we grow in the yes of Jesus) is perhaps the key to any ongoing human and Christian transformation in this material part of life. With humility and faith Divine Love transforms us into love here and now.

The resurrection appearances of the Gospels are God’s imprimatur on all of this.

In meditation, as we  give attention to the mantra, we grow in openness to what God has done in Jesus and what God wants to do in us through Jesus. And what is this doing of God? It is nothing less than the transcendence of ego consciousness. Ego consciousness is transcended as we grow in this openness. This transcending of the ego is “the hinge that allows us to swing into the Mind of Christ” (Laurence Freeman). In meditation we transcend into the yes of Christ. Our yes to Jesus and the yes of Jesus to God become one. We then experience ourselves in the divine life and discover this life as Home.

This growing openness is a pilgrimage in itself. It is why we are always beginners in meditation. We are always beginning humbly and faithfully from any point on the way.

The Easter season, Eastertide, is a time to reflect on just what the divine life can do in and for human consciousness and human life. We need more than one day (Easter Sunday) for it all to begin to sink in. It is profoundly and radically freeing. Psychologically, it is the integration of our conscious selves (ego) and the unconscious (where the source of Self and God are at our depths).

Internal and external growth in self-forgetting is key to this process of integration. Meditation and community (where ever we find it) can be where the external and the internal work together for integration, for salvation. Our life at Meditatio House is where we are experiencing this working together – often in ‘fear and trembling’.

Eastertide, as the ongoing celebration of the Risen Christ, is also a celebration of what we have become in this Christ and what we are becoming because of this Christ: Beloved Daughters and Sons of God. In one way or another, Love will have its way.

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Belief: John Mayer and the Shape of Belief

What do we believe? What do we believe in? What are the ways in which we believe? For me, John Mayer in his song Belief is challenging us with these questions.

Follow the above link to Belief and have a listen to the song.

Perhaps John Mayer is advocating that we not believe at all… ‘Oh, everyone believes in how they think it oughta be. Oh, everyone believes and they’re not going easily.’ If so, is this the answer? Is belief the cancer of the soul?

If we accept that the attitude and action of belief is something that the human psyche is wired for, (and there are spiritual, psychological, and evolutionary descriptions for this), then to believe in nothing would not be at all helpful for us – unless of course we make it our belief to believe in nothing, making non-believe itself something to believe in.

It does seem that John Mayer is railing against ideology and dogmatism, particularly the violent expression of idealised, dogmatised belief systems… ‘What puts a hundred thousand children in the sand? Belief can, belief can. What puts the folded flag inside his mother’s hand? Belief can, belief can.’

What could it be that dogmatises religious belief to the point of ideological rigidity? What is it that causes people to follow rigidly the letter of the law, rather than allow the possibility that wisdom is about discerning the spirit of the law?

Christianity is not, at its essence, a religion. And it is certainly not about expressing belief in rigid, dogmatised ways. Christianity is a relationship in communion, and a communion in relationship. This communion and this relationship is divine Love and is with divine Love. We know of this love and experience it, are a part of it as Christians because of Jesus. Our discipleship to him opens our body, mind, spirit, and human life to him and to the life of God which he is and is a part of.

As we allow this divine life of love to affect us, having the courage and faith to do so, we begin to experience the spirit of doctrine. Doctrine is not something to hurl at another, nor is it a ‘golden ticket’, assuring membership to a club. For the Christian it is meant to be a description of, and a support to, our experience of God. It is meant to serve this experience and be shaped by it anew. When doctrine is followed without enough of the experience of Love, doctrine can become dogmatism.

Christian spirituality is about non-violence. It is about belief rooted in relational faith. It invites compassionate and loving relationship, with self, others, creation, God. It values vulnerability and other-centredness – to the point of death and beyond. It is not about the survival of egoism, dogmatism, and fear..  ‘Is there anyone who can remember ever surrender[ing] with their life on the line?’ (album version of Belief). Jesus did this and he models a life of compassion for us.

A practice like Christian meditation offers a way into the experience of divine Love free of the influence of word, concept, and image. In this experience we then discover the inspiration for Christian word, concept, and image, and these things come alive for us in new ways.


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