Flashes and Stages
Today, I had a miniature and extremely brief moment of spiritual consolation...and I had one a little later as well. Just an incredibly quick flutter-like experience (for me, it was located somewhere in the upper heart chakra area).
Moments such as these are important; the softer, quickest flash of the Divine, and then, just as quickly, it's gone.
This demonstrates the dynamism of the Divine. Sometimes in Buddhist theology, what I call "dynamism" is referred to as "impermanence."
The scope of this entry, and indeed of the Daily Devotional section for our Church, isn't suitable to fully address concepts such as dynamism, impermanence, and the connection among them, but I did want to state something as it's on my mind and may benefit others.
One thing I will say is that the term "impermanence" brings with it a kind of pathos and sadness about the fact that things do indeed change, whereas I think "dynamism" hits more closely to the positive aspects of things. Life changes. Reality changes. The change itself isn't inherently good or bad; it just exists. How we think of those things can influence how we approach them.
Reality itself, God as God, is beyond our conceptions and exists regardless of those conceptions.
I think those of us who are regular Joes or, as I like to say, "Normal Nobodies," encounter the small flashes of God initially because, with rare exception, most of us wouldn't be able to process the full experience of GOD. A lifetime of conditioning simply renders us unable and unequipped to handle the full-blown experience.
Let us think on these things.
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