“Silence will illuminate you in God… and deliver you from phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite you to God…. In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then from our very silence is born something that draws us into deeper silence. May God give you an experience of this ‘something’ that is born of silence”
― Isaac of Nenevah
I have reached a point in my life where I am really not interested in theology. I don’t want to know what scholars or preachers think about God, I want to know God. Faith for me has become less and less intellectual and more experiential.
Life and faith are not meant to be endless struggle until we die and “go to heaven” as an escape from this earth. We are created to know and enjoy God right here and now. It is our beliefs about God spelled out in our doctrines and theologies which make life hard. It is not some sort of punishment from God, we do it to ourselves.
Almost twenty years ago at the end of an energy healing session I had an experience of the Divine that changed my life and how I see God. The healer, who was also a licensed medical doctor, knew something special happened and asked about it, but there were no words to describe it.
The doctor died unexpectedly a few months after that and unfortunately it took me awhile to stop going from one alternative healer to another looking to repeat that experience. I was not ready to comprehend that God was within me and that conscious experience of the Divine is always at hand. Now I don’t know how I lived before.
That doesn’t mean life is always smooth sailing. I do a pretty good job of complicating things and making life hard all on my own. But it is my thoughts and beliefs that do that, not God.
So this month let’s look at knowing God. If you have a personal experience you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment below.