Saturday, August 22, 2009

ALL Fulfilled ...!

Just some random thoughts on fulfillment ... for what it's worth. As always, only receive whatever the Spirit illumines and resonates for you ... if it "rings true," embrace it. If it strikes you as "off", take the time to ask the Spirit for deeper insight ... often our "off-putting" reactions can be rooted in our own egoic thinking ... we can have a knee-jerk reaction to that which challenges what we already believe to be true (& yet, I've seen how we can, and usually do, believe skewy-truths, or outright-lies). Or, it could be that this truth is for me, and not for you ... or not yet for you, or not for you at all. You may be in need of seeing other things, depending on what you've personally experienced, and whatever way in which your own meandering/circuitous path unfolds. Don't take anything that I, or any other human, says, just because we say so ... we need to know, first-hand for ourselves. God doesn't have step-children, or grandchildren ... God only has children ... His offspring, to whom, and through whom, He communicates. He wants us to reason together with HIM, so that we can own whatever it is He shows us. He uses each of us, sure ... but to remind each other of what we already know inside, because He is always revealing, always speaking ... and we can come to discern between the fear-based, alarmist-reactionary voice of the ego, and the Still, Small Voice of God-within ... our true identity.

We have met the enemy, and he is us. Woah.

Given that, here's some of what I'm now seeing ... you do you own business with God, to determine if any of it is also for you:

- I see that we have the power of perception ... as a man thinks in his own heart, so is he. I see that we create the perceived reality ... we see the world through the lenses we choose to wear. I used to see the world filled with sin-bent, fallen humanity ... I now see the world filled with bumbling-beloved children of God ... confused, "knowing not what they do." I see, daily, the many and uncanny way in which people are awakening to the reality of who God is,and who we are in Christ (& I see all are in Christ ... just as all were previously in Adam, in the former covenant -- even as the covenants are just another perception-lens through which we see, as we could bear to see it, and not the higher reality of God-who-never-changes).

I see that we're no longer under the Law ... and apart from the Law, there is no sin ... I see that sin is the illusion of separation from God, but there is no separation from God -- God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself (& in God's perspective, this was always done, as the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world -- we just had to have it demonstrated to us, albeit dramatically). Yes, we can do, and still do, harmful things to each other ... but this isn't sin, as it doesn't affect our relationship with our Father. We can learn from our actions and the resulting consequences (think: Prodigal son), particularly when we don't have the condemnation and shame that comes with the concept of sin -- and which blinds us, keeps us in denial, and actually perpetuates the very behavior of which we're ashamed...!

I see that Daniel tells us that the new covenant would be a time in which there would be no more sin ... iniquity would be done away with. However, I see that the Kingdom is not once-and-for-all event that's imposed on everyone at once ... but an inner reality that's entered one awakened heart at a time ... so that the gates of New Jerusalem are always open, with people coming in continuously (and the Spirit and the Bride beckoning "come") ... outside are those who act in ignorance to the reality of God (& the reality of who they really are!), but the waters of life flow out to them, ever-beckoning them to taste and see, and the doors are open 24/7.

I no longer expect an earthly utopia, even as I hold out hope that the planet can gradually change as we awaken more and more to the current reality of who Christ is, and how we are in Him. The peace is that which I receive within me ... the wolf and lamb lie down together as I break down "us vs. them" walls between me and others I wrongly perceive as my "enemies" ... as I turn those walls into bridges of love, compassion and understanding, forgiving those who don't understand, those who lash out in their confusion and pain, for hurt people hurt people. This same reconciliation can take place within me, as my own wolf (ego) and my lamb (spirit) lie down and coexist in peace ... no longer competing, no longer clashing, no longer battling ... there is no more battle (and there never was) ... unless we persist in seeing the world (and ourselves) through that lens ... the choice, as always, is ours.

Just how I'm seeing things, for now, awaiting further revelation. I fully expect and appreciate that others see things differently ... I will not divide. I will converse, rather than convert. I will share my hope and my joy, and I will learn from all others, no matter what the lesson turns out to be.

We must each walk in the Light we've been given, fully allowing ALL other human beings, bumbling-beloveds of God, to likewise do the same ... this grace was extended to me, and I want to learn to extend this same grace to all others ... loving one and all as we're in this journey together.

Shalom, Dena


marianne said...

Dena- You are so articulate, conveying some very difficult to comprehend things very clearly and, in my opinion, acurately as well. Thanks for sharing.

little castle said...

Good stuff, Dena!

MysticBrit said...

Yup. Word. Gospel.
There is no sin.
There is no separation, and never has been.
All is fulfilled.
God is Love, and we all are expressions of that Love.
Let's Live!

Shout it, Sister!:D

Stephanie said...

Thank you for putting it out there, some things I haven't thought of. I love your perspective and your gift to put it into words to share.

Sue said...

Yay, baby!!! I love how, as you said, my lamb lies down with my lion internally, and I stand touching both sides (it's so painful sometimes) that my compassion steadily grows for others.

Earlier this evening I read a few posts in relation to somebody called John Piper ( who was saying that a tornado was God's judgment on the Lutheran church's conference on sexuality, on them considering their options in this regard. And of course he quoted that verse from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: "The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

In light of viewing it as an ongoing side-by-side experience with the here and now, I guess that makes sense although the whole homosexuality thing has me curious. Why, exactly? I don't get what hte big deal is. I wonder if it is such a big deal to God, or if gay people themselves feel guilt and it is this guit that keeps them from thekingdom? It doesn't make any sense to me.

Anyway, I just thought I would throw this in there. Feel free to ignore as it is RIGHT off your topic, but it was good to read yours after reading that :)

Dena said...

My heart is full, visualizing each of you, feeling so connected to you (but of course!), and feeling the joyous overwhelm of that connection!

And Sue ... there's much to go into in what you shared (like, about 4 blog-entries right there!). Methinks I'll take you up on it!

And God bless John Piper ...! I keep running into him -- the man has not yet perceived of our connection, LOL!

Shalom, Dena

Sue said...

I most fulsomely am glad I set you up the challenge, Dena. I thought you'd be the type to take it up, I shall read your thoughts with pleasure :)