The God Wavelength

One of the Christian tenets that I’ve never had a problem with is the concept of Jesus being fully human and fully divine.  But I probably understand it in a slightly different way than most folks.

You see, I’ve never pictured God as a man (or woman for that matter) sitting on a cloud in heaven.  God for me has always been present in and around all things as the creative energy of Love.  I picture Love energy operating at a certain wavelength, and we, as human beings operating primarily at different wavelengths.  On those amazing occasions when we have God things happen in our lives, or we experience sacred moments of peace, or awareness of our oneness with creation, it is as if our wavelength has touched God’s for a moment or two. When our wavelength is touching God’s we are one with God.  This is the goal of our spiritual lives to live more and more in tune with God, therefore experiencing more and more oneness with God.

As for Jesus, I believe he was so in tune with God that the wavelength he primarily operated on was the same as the Love energy wavelength of God, thereby making them one – fully human and fully divine. Did Jesus have moments when he wasn’t operating at God’s wavelength? I believe so.  Remember when he likened the Canaanite woman to a dog? (Matthew 15:21-28) Not exactly his most shining moment. But for the most part he did pretty well.

I believe there are other great figures in history who have accomplished the same feat (or at least close to it).  Mother Teresa, Ghandi, and the Dali Lama, to name just a few. As for me, well, I was reminded many years ago that there is one Jesus and I “ain’t him.” But this theory of connecting to God helps me to believe that I at least have a shot of growing in oneness with God. I have God-moments where I believe I touch that Love energy wavelength, and there are more of them than there used to be, for which I’m grateful.  Meditation, stillness and self-awareness being three of the things that help me most to connect. And if I can do it, so can you.

Peace ~ Kaye

More spiritual than religious

“I’m more spiritual than religious,” is a comment that I’ve heard more than once from people who are pulling away from organized religion.  These folks recognize that there is more to religion than going to worship, singing songs, saying prayers and listening to a sermon.  While all those things can be beneficial to one’s spiritual life, they are not the end goal. The goal of the church and of pastors is to point beyond themselves to God, and help others to develop a relationship with the Divine, to personally experience the Holy.

Spirituality is an internal experience, whereas religion is an external experience.  Ideally the external experience of religion would prompt an internal connection with god, but obviously this isn’t always the case.  How many times have you heard someone say, “well, I went to church this morning, but I didn’t get anything out of it”? How terribly sad is that? If church doesn’t move you to awe, or prompt you to think more deeply about your faith, or stir emotion in you, or help you to feel that you are connected to something much bigger than yourself, or give you goosebumps (not from cold, but from feeling the spirit), or move you to tears or laughter, what good is it?

I believe that we, as humans, search for a connection with the magic in the universe, with the underlying energy pulsing through everything.  Call it your higher self, the Absolute, Ultimate Truth, God, the Transcendental, Spirit, whatever.  We seek to be touched.  We seek greater understanding.  We seek to know a connection with creation.  We seek ourselves.  Many continue to attend church even when it is empty of those things because they know no other way.  Or they’ve been instilled with fear of what leaving may do to their mortal soul.

My dream is for Sacred Journeys to be more spiritual than religious.   I want people to find this a safe place open their hearts and minds to feel the spiritual energy that surrounds us as we worship.  I want us to love God with our minds as we explore different ideas and perspectives.  I want us to worry less about ritual and liturgy, and more about how the message connects with our lives.  And then I want us to carry that message of love and hope out into a broken and hurting world.

I suppose I sound a little crazy… but that’s my dream.

Peace,

Kaye

A myth for you…

A myth is a multi-layered story, used by every religion in the world, which is designed to relate the “truth” even though the story in non-factual. I’d like to share a modern day myth with you…

One of my all-time favorite stories is Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach.  The story is about Jonathan, an unusual seagull who is unwilling to be limited by what seagull society has dictated are the duties, meanings and responsiblities of being part of the flock.  Though Jonathan is told that it is their lot in life to eat, and to survive as long as they can, Jonathan knows in his heart and soul that there is more.  For him, it is flying that brings his life meaning and purpose, and he is bound and determined to learn new, faster ways to fly.  One day, practicing his dive to try to improve his speed and technique, Jonathan dives from 5,000 feet and reaches a new top speed for seagulls, 212 miles per hour!  Unfortunately his amazing flight bursts through the Breakfast Flock and disturbs their morning feast.  When Jonathan returns to the flock later that night, he is ecstatic about his day’s accomplishments.  He is ready to take his friends to new heights and new adventures of flight – life has new meaning for him.  The elders in the flock are none too happy with him, however, and they banish Jonathan and declare him an Outcast for being irresponsible and “violating the dignity and tradition of the Gull Family.”

Jonathan spent the rest of his days on earth alone, though not saddened by his lonliness.  Instead, what saddened him was that the other gulls had refused to open their eyes and see. They refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them.  You must read the rest of the story to find out the end, but suffice it to say that Jonathan learned more and became wiser than he ever thought possible.  Eventually he came to a place of understanding and forgiveness for the gulls who had cast him out. And in a different place and time he became a great teacher to another group of Outcasts.