This is not a post that can be called any particular religions providence. The metaphysical encounter that changed my life view, described later in this post, did not carry a particular religions iconography or impression. (FYI—The Muslim Abrahamic religion does describe that encounters with an angel occur in this light like manner. It seems angels have become “personalized” into more than metaphorical form over time in some other Abrahamic traditions.)
ON WHAT IS LOST; WHAT IS FOUND; AND WHAT IS HERE YET UNSEEN
[This is an edited and expanded text of a comment I left at another blog.
My comment involved the question of recognizing spiritual messages or signs in our lives. I refer to an incident that happened to me in the late 1970’s, as well as “common” everyday incidences when we generate grace towards one another by compassion/empathy/connection. A day after updating this post, I came across the Biography Channel interview with a woman describing an event close to mine. She was talking with friend at the time after a near accident, about the light she was in, yet that friend could not see what she was seeing.}
You can jump to the next photo below if you want to, to hear my description on when the Light actually comes knocking on ones own door. I will create a new post connecting to this one since literally hundreds of people have checked into this one. Hopefully it will be brief and more introspective regarding the shocking event that happened to me from what I now think was 10 to 30 seconds or so. I’ll put that right here:
Hard spiritual merit work, to me, is the direction to turn the other cheek, or to love your enemy. Most often these days, that is considered being weak, rather than requiring the strength of conviction in higher cause that not retaliating can define. It is a whole different level of being to act from consistent consciousness toward inclusion, than reaction of like kind to some offense to oneself. The latter requires the problem posed by another to become ones own reason to behave in like consciousness into dysfunction, effectively negating higher consciousness.
There is some merit to the idea of not resisting evil.
I have come to see this ancient understanding, to resist not evil, not as a passive act that effectively acts to encourage evil, but rather, to judge evil as not belonging to those who seem to represent it. It is a very hard lesson, not “getting even” or making sure that what I believe is good wins out at any cost. Yet I do spend a bit of my time pointing out where things are amiss. One does need to know where to illuminate, and when I can be taken in by darkness.
The point I make on evil, comes from personal experience. As a youth, whatever sense of failure I had, and anger about my acceptance of it, along with my own disappointment with my life. This in some ways, was evil invited in by my view of Life being not for me, or on my side. I had accommodated to a lesser self, and I certainly projected that decision into the world for others to see. Instead of being what I could or might have been, I was weighed down with my negative assumptions of life. Unchecked, these can evolve into producing negative acts. Acting out ones spiritual state, or in some respects, the lack of it, in some respects is unavoidable; all things cause reactions.
I experienced what seemed like non-judgement in certain others, reactions that did not reinforce my negativity when I judged myself as failing. Instead, I was shown a higher way to be, one that implied forgiveness, in that, some who could have judged me however wrong, did not. I did not resist that negative me. These individuals were as lights of Spirit. In this state of grace we can offer one another, a moment comes to become more wholesome, more whole. I could set the weight free, for others seem not to see it. These enlightened others (regular folks) held a door of inclusion open to me, as if to say. You. The real you. The one inside we know. We see you, we need you because you are here. You do belong to what is full and open. Lets go forward from here.
What that did, was allow me to dissolve what was essentially evil I had given quarters to, created. A negative self definition fell away to a positive creative one. My own self judgement held over my own head was illuminated. I could freely forgive myself and see how ill will is generated and perpetuated. Now, in the world, and even in my own life, weakness can appear. There is always a challenge to say yes to Life and Love, instead of becoming lost as to what is most worthy in life by what seems missing.
This has remained a spiritual lesson that I cannot turn my back on, no matter how horrible we humans can be. No matter what mistakes or forgetfulness I discover inside. What any one may be waiting on, is that inner light shown first through an others unconditional acceptance; unconditional Love. We have in our power the ability to generate grace from our own spiritual victories.
——-An Event of Uncommon Grace——–
NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
I was given a transcendental experience of absolute Love at one of my worst moments, just when I thought life was in danger and possibly over. I had not noticed my mother having or mentioning such an experience when she died when I was 11, nor at my fathers suicide when I was 15. Nor any of us under stress at these times. Near death experience recorded by some, seems to have some similarity of sensation. I did not have a “tunnel” experience. I actually seemed to lift up out of my body a few feet or so, surveying my surroundings from up in light, not aware of where I was physically, although seeming to see with a much greater consciousness in my sight. I do not consider my encounter with what seemed Divine, as any given for happening to be in a survival crisis. Why I had this and perhaps others did or do not is not known to me. It just happened, and was of an otherworldly reality presentation.
I was agnostic at the time, not into spiritual perception or looking for a sign*. I was literally grabbed out of my life and shown what the “real” truth of Being was, while walking on the street at night into a seemingly dangerous situation. I was left elated (for days) and wondering, since there was no other instruction, what I was to do with what was shown me, being that it was such a revelation.—-So, anger and all that is wrong with the world is an illusion. I was thrilled to know, to see the feeling sense of the reality of it for a moment, but how do I spread that news? And you know this how? Oh. Nice talking to you, but I have to get going. I have a real life to catch.
That event ended up being the final assurance I, or I imagine anyone, would ever required to “see the light”. Light meaning a manifestation of higher truth of universal union. I feel very fortunate to be given such a wake up call. Hopefully, many may not need such a direct prodding. I have not had nor required that kind of vision again, but it remains a high standard to hold my experience to. I am so not perfect to my hopes and dreams nor the nature of Being I was introduced to. It has been a particular comfort to have seen another dimension of Life, and this immense power we all belong to. It has let me with a kind of mission in life.
I believe we have access to elements of this illuminated state at any time we come to It. Any pure love is likely connected to this Divinity experience. Many religions, and prayer or meditative states may come into this gift in profound ways, as can other bonding transcendent relationships. The connection to something greater than we can specifically comprehend as real, can humble one to what I think I know is going on around me.
If this transcendent metaphysical event has not happened to any of you, it did once to me, right out of the blue (or night black). The experience also left me with no fear of death, for we are always a part of all encompassing Love. Love is surrounding even the worst of us, and when you have failed you. When we are seemingly all alone and forgotten, we are still Loved. It is The Intention.
As time went by, I became less aware of the insight I was given, allowing my judgements of life to create problematic kinds of worldly observation. It seems to me to be important to have some continuous self reminder as to the Loving Wonder of Life. We have no guarantee as sentient beings, that we cannot get lost, or become misplaced in our awareness of life. Situations are a challenge, yet as in many things, the more one practices getting some thing right, usually the better we get. Life is not a free and passive ride. It is the chance to experience everything of ones life, when in fact, we may have had nothing; not a life, and not a universe. Existence is the most profound gift of Love, or if you would; God. Our relative freedom, the chance to feel love, along with all the ways it can be apparently removed from perception, this Great Thing always ready to be tapped into, left up to our choices. Amazing.
As it is, Love is an omniscient influence, yet its power seems real only to hearts and minds who recognize what they really are. Evil, as real and horrible as it appears, is a kind of illusion we can chose to see another reality over, but I must act in Love’s Command, not in anger’s or hate’s, or I risk the greatest loss of all; a conscious union with The Divine.
We hold the whole world in our hands and hearts.
*—–Signs along the way.
It is valuable, if you are looking for signs of Divine guidance, to expect to see one daily for as long as required. I have found this something—sign to appear evident. Others have suggested this expectation will likely produce results for someone. It raises the personal note; that how many signs might always be present but we do not “think” they are signs at all until we ready ourselves to see them? There remains the element as to the eyes of the beholder. These asking signs, as far as I know, are not quite like the one I am describing from the 1970’s in my own experience. I was not consciously asking for nor expecting anything like it, ever.
For daily signs, I can ask for an obvious unmistakable sign to be shown. One where I will remember; There it is! Some may see something jump out at them out of the ordinary. Suddenly you notice a bumper-sticker answering what you were just speaking to someone about. Or a rare bird or other creature will be right in your view. No telling what may stand out depending on what is going on with one. But many people do find that these signs stand out prominently and amazingly to them. And for concerns of from whence it came? If it is your subconscious, God or some other deity you may be actually asking, for some, the from where does not matter. What matters is the response to your inquiry.