Thanks for sharing, although you may have already done so before I started participating. Good you've found this outlet in writing. Don't know what your spiritual studies include and I don't need to know, but I hope some of them have "suggested" illness can be healed metaphysically, prayerfully, through meditation, etc. I've seen the benefits, but it's an individual preference. Happens when we want it, accept it. None of us has any clue the degree to which we are loved too much to go through any trials.
Keep writing and sharing and learning and growing!! You are blessed.
I must be more care-full of my comments. I was writing a bit rhetorically, in a sense, knowing the answers. Though we all have different paths and then different terms, etc. So some of your language may not be clear to me. But I was only adding to the conversation that love is naturally expressed with or without language. Words don't stop us from feeling, recognizing the love from babies, pets, even adults. From the divinity within. I'm "aware" that entrance into the illusion called material life, we initially retain some of our spiritual understanding, and "time" causes it to fade, somewhat. But, it's never really gone. Prayer and meditation, whatever your path, brings it to the surface, for in fact, we've never left heaven. Just seems that way.
Anyway, lest I be guilty of contradicting myself, probably should end my "word" contributions to this inspiring thread. We all get it at some level!!
P.S. So are you a kind of "official" contributer to this blog? A spiritual teacher/leader I don't know about yet?
Re-reading your comments, and others' have to add that infants and newborns express some of the most profound and pure love there is and they can't speak! Likewise people are often more emotionally attached to their pets than people. Wordless, unconditional adoration. Do they know at some level love is what they are? When did we forget? Is one word maybe too much?
Thanks Syd, for that, makes my day. You certainly are blessed with the ability to express. Love your post. It seems this article has unleashed a dam! Many are really in tune and attuned it would seem. We're not being fooled! What joy! Wish I could reblog all this commentary.
Thanks to everyone!
A number of people expressed it well, in numerous ways!!! We have many words and many means of expressing love. First question for me was whether there's more love being expressed, felt, evidenced in those cultures with so many words (boxes someone said). Labels, tags I call them. Yes we need language to communicate, but more we need intent, motive, desire to love, be loving, and receive love. With that, I suspect the Universe, God, whatever term we want to use, will help us express it. (Here again, so many words for the Origin, Creator of all things and some of us take issue with one or the other!!!) In my own experience, study am learning the more I realize the love is already within me, the more I'll see it, express it, experience it.
I've heard this story before, perhaps with variations. It's difficult to follow the migration from angry, arrogant, inferior wolf to one who also has tenacity, courage, etc. I wonder if we in society don't get confused about all that? Some traditions would suggest those negative qualities are just the dark, or abused so-to-speak sides of fearlessness and courage. My studies have convinced me all that evil is no part of spiritual being, evil is a pretender. Some suggest just watching those angry thoughts, letting them drift away, as opposed to "feeding" them. Others suggest denouncing them and adhering to, acknowledging that only the good, joyful, caring, etc. qualities are real, or powerful, or even present. Paying attention to the evil, error would for me only give it power it has not on its own. It's perhaps the age old debate about picking up the child every time it cries. My suggestion is we all revisit the notion that a spiritual child of God could have any real darkness inside, that the struggle we deal with is with false gods?
Hi Thierry, I'm sure your friend's experience can be echoed by many. Just because there was no "transformation", whatever that means, doesn't mean we're not ready. The fact is we're all "ready" in so far as we're all already spiritual beings. The light can't come in the first place unless we have the shade open, even a tiny bit. The fact that we don't know how to move more quickly into more light is just part of our individual struggle. I had no immediate transformation and my life definitely had lots of highs and lows, mostly lows. But, it's been the remembrance of that experience that has kept me afloat, helped me understand what I see around me in the world and "forgive it" (as they say in ACIM), be understanding, less distraught than I would have been about things. Don't know about your friend, but it has taken me a lot of work, to cut away at the think brush overhead to see more of that light blinking through the trees.
Awesome, and eloquently stated Mr. Hilderbrandt. Am beginning to think we're given these glimpses, perhaps because we're ready, or have asked for it, consciously or not, and then the onus is on us to find our own route to that "place," which is always right within us. Finally, am realizing that, and learning, slowly, my need to "be still" and seek within, invite, invoke, ask for that light to manifest itself. It apparently takes concentrated, daily, hourly devotion, turning away from all "outside" ugliness, rejecting the notion anything could be real except the Divine. Lots of prayer, meditation, and study. But, we can just relax and enjoy the adventure.
I did have such an experience, lasted for weeks, many years ago. Did not understand its source at the time, or what to do with it, so commenced a long spiritual journey that has yet to bring back that "sense" of what I know to be real. Though certainly grateful for the revelation as a reminder to me of what's real behind all the seeming madness. This particular passage reminds me also of something John Wren-Lewis wrote years ago. Thanks for the reminder.