Monthly Archives: October 2016

Open the Door of Love

trick-or-treatLove is such a journey. Loving God, loving oneself, loving others. How does one open the doors of love. When one has been traumatized or wounded it is not easy.

Rev 3:20 says, “I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in…”

So God is there, ready to come into our hearts if we open up. If we do, we pass from death to life.

We have an inner world and an outer world. However, in relation to the love of God the boundary is somewhat vague.

“Where is the love of God,” my cousin asked me at, shortly after I had opened the door, or in my case, dissolved the bubble that encased me to become immersed in the golden light of love.

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“Is it inside or outside,” he queried.

“When you are feeling the love of God,” I responded, “There is no inside or outside.”

God’s love is everywhere. In a sense, it is the absolute reality. The foundation of all existence.

Those who open the door to know the depth of their soul know that we are all one in the love of God even though we are each a unique expression of that love.

Those who open the door to know the depth of their soul know that the inner world and the outer world are both expressions of one reality, two side of the same coin.

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What is this door? Where is this door?

Indeed it is the door of faith. It is here now.

If you can’t find the door, perhaps you’re consciousness is preoccupied with thoughts and sensations.

Retreat into the silence and the stillness.

Don’t think about it.

Simply ask, “God, are you there?”

Knock and the door will be opened.

When the door is opened you will find the Way.

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God in the flesh

cascade-calderaI hope to see
in humanity
(and inside of me)

higher intelligence
a more profound heart
and a wiser will

Mortimus and Raphaella by the Sea

dedicated to the realization of Good
through the unfolding process
of infinite creativity.

Each one of us
is meant to be
God in the flesh.

 

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Salvation Through Love

In 1986 (or maybe 1985) when I was studying Church History at the Unification Theological Seminary, I had a course in Modern Church History. One of the things we studied was the Reformation.

The Book

The Book

The seminary was a wonderful experience. Barrytown, New York was a beautiful site along the Hudson river. In a prayerful environment I was able to study and discuss sacred texts and the writings of thinkers and scholars of many religions. Sometimes, thanks to the grace of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, I experience illumination as I read certain works.

Such was my experience when I read some of the works of the “young” Martin Luther, especially his work “On Christian Liberty,” which he addressed to Pope Leo X in 1520.

Much study is wearisome to the flesh. So one day during this time, as I was waiting for a shuttle to take me into nearby Red Hook, I decided to rest my eyes for a few moments. I slipped into that state between waking and sleeping.

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As I was sitting there, with my eyes closed, still conscious but not fully aware of my external surroundings, I sensed a man standing just behind my right shoulder. The visual aspect was very vague.  I could see him but not clearly.

There was a mutual acknowledgement that this was Martin Luther. It wasn’t a question for me as to whether this was really Martin Luther or not. It was an interesting non-ordinary phenomena.

“Ah, Martin Luther,” I thought.

Then the mental apparition spoke.

“When I was on earth, I taught salvation by faith, but if I were alive today, I would teach salvation by love.”

Was this really Martin Luther? I don’t know, but the message makes sense.

Jesus taught people to “love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” and to “love others as yourself.” He said that all the law and all the commandments are summed up in these two.

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Jesus also taught “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

At a church pot luck on Sunday, I asked the woman across from me “What does it mean to be pure in heart”

She answered that she felt that it meant to be loving

That reminded of a time I was sitting in a hot springs by the Pit River at Big Bend on a beautiful day gazing at the river streaming by.

“Let love flow through you so that you’re heart may be pure,” the river said.

Let love flow  through you
so that your heart may be pure
so that you may see God and experience the oneness
so that you may love others as yourself

Then you will know the Truth
and the Truth will set you free.

Salvation through Love.

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