It is erroneous when people listen to others who say and insist that the journey to spiritual awakening takes years and years and years, and years of a lifetime. NOT SO. It can happen in the twinkling of your eye, or when God bats an eyelash at you. No one knows the time or the hour.
No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don’t know. Only the Father knows.
Yeshua the Messiah/Christ (Matthew 24:36, GW)
Take it from me because that’s how it happened to me. The awakening occurred just several years from after the time I began my meditation practice — far sooner than I had ever expected it to come. God does not go by the measurement of earthly time. God goes by the frequency of times you respond to God’s elbow nudges. Why? I’ll tell you why . . . because God is a FLIRT — the original seductive flirt.
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Once, I attended a scripture contemplation group at a prosperous Catholic Church parish community in the suburbs of the San Jose area. The group meeting was being led on that day by a former Catholic priest. Now many in the group were in their middle age.
At one point of the meeting, the ex-priest called the attention of the group to tell them gravely that the spiritual journey was a very long and difficult process. He proceeded to tell the group that the journey could take so long — occupying even the span of one’s entire lifetime — before one could come into spiritual intimacy with God or attain the experience of mystical union with God. He then began to impress on the participants’ minds that they should not expect their spiritual awakening to happen anytime soon, not until after many, many years of arduous demanding contemplation practice.
I was stunned to hear him say that, primarily because no person has the right to tell others what the fate or outcome of their individual spiritual journey is going to be or to discourage them with the notion that the journey is an extreme burdensome undertaking. The journey is a spiritual relationship strictly between the individual and God. Consequently, no third-party person is ever qualified to pass judgment upon another’s journey particularly with respect to its duration or development. Furthermore, the awakening can happen sooner than one might expect: The very next moment or the next hour, day, week, month or year. Humanly, we cannot tell or know until the moment of the mystical awakening, itself, arrives and is experienced.
I observed the faces of the members as they started to grow long with disappointment and discouragement. So, I rebuked the ex-priest for his misleading statements explaining to the group the error made. Although he made no efforts to rebut me, he reiterated his view that the spiritual journey takes a very, very long time. Apparently that was his own personal experience of the journey. Still, that was no excuse for him to discourage others from having a more open and receptive attitude to the likelihood of an early awakening. At that point, I kept quiet and left things where they were.
If you hold the belief or attitude that enlightenment will take forever, that attitude will translate into your experience of the spiritual journey, and the spiritual awakening will keep on eluding you. How true it is that your belief manifests as your life experience.
He touched their eyes and said, “What you have believed will be done for you!”
Yeshua the Messiah/Christ (Matthew 9:29, GW)
How sad that a spiritually blind person is leading a group of spiritual seekers groping blindly through the dark ignorance in their minds. Such is the human condition into which we are born.
They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.
Yeshua the Messiah/Christ (Matthew 15:14, NLT)
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