Spirit moves among us. It dances around us and weaves in and out between us. Spirit inspires and moves through us, when we allow it. Spirit moves upon the face of the earth now, as it did in the beginning (Gen 1:2 KJV), and as it will. Spirit weaves a rich and vibrant tapestry before us and among us daily. Why do so many miss it?
Religion is an expression of Spirit. As an expression of Spirit, it can be considered a language of spirituality. There are many spiritual languages (religions) upon the face of the earth. Many people understand only one language, so they cannot appreciate the rich tapestry woven before us. Many people choose to know only one language because they presume other religions are not about the same Spirit. This presumption is a manifestation of pride; there is no factual basis for this presumption.
Some of the most prideful people can be found among the Children of Abraham. This is particularly odd when ancient Judaic lore, as incorporated into the Christian bible, states that it was the will of Spirit to confound the language of humankind and scatter them across the face of the earth (Gen 11:1-9 KJV). It seems only reasonable to conclude that it was the will of Spirit that there should also be many spiritual languages. Why? Because otherwise, “nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do” (Gen 11:6 KJV). Imagine the pride that would have been produced in humankind! Let’s also remember that this took place after the face of the earth had been washed clean by a great deluge because of the unrestrained behavior of humankind, and before the Law was given through Moses.
This is where the legalistic mind is certain to raise red flags about biblical passages referring to “false gods” or Jesus’ words, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NIV). The legalistic mind forgets that Jesus also said that one had to be born of Spirit to see or enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus is spirit and only by spirit can one know Spirit. The false gods were also described as “graven images” or products of the material world, as compared to things of a spiritual nature. We must not lose sight of the many names of God, either. Jesus, himself, is also called Emmanuel (Matt 1:23 KJV). Perhaps even more important is, “I will also write on them my new name” (Rev 3:12 NIV) which should give pause to even the most stubborn, legalistic mind; do you know His new name? It would be equally remiss to forget,”For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known ”(1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV). Certainly, one way to miss the rich tapestry woven by Spirit is to think you already know everything.
There is evidence that Spirit does reveal itself in different religions or spiritual languages. The concept of karma, or the principle that “a man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7 NIV), seems to be quite universal. The oriental chi (or ki), the Tao, the druid Awen, and the All of the Kybalion are but a few of the different expressions for the essence of creation and life. Most religions express the creation of the physical universe as an emanation of Spirit. There is evidence that Spirit expresses itself in the manner it chooses and where it chooses, not where any individual or group of individuals dictate. Spirit is like the wind that cannot be bound: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going” (John 3:8 NIV).
We live in a time when technology enables us to appreciate the manifestations and expressions of Spirit much more fully because of mass media, and particularly because of the internet. A cursory search of WordPress blogs yesterday revealed “A Letter From God” by Tikarma Vodicka. This piece is a refreshing and powerful expression of the omnipresence of Spirit to me, but I am sure it expresses unique things to each individual. This search also revealed “A Word For The Judging Public…” by Innarae, which is strong, assertive, and of independent spirit. It is dark and brilliant at the same time. Can you feel spirit dancing around you while you read it? For the legalistic who have a hard time opening their hearts to Spirit, remember “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen 1:27 KJV) which implies a female aspect to God, and Proverbs 8 (KJV) where She (Wisdom) was with God from the beginning, “before his works of old.”
Not all the threads of this tapestry are bright or colorful; some are dark. A rich tapestry will have some dark elements to contrast and accent the brighter and richer threads. One blog I stumbled upon in this cursory search spoke of a congregation that built a Crystal Cathedral, but it was built upon sand and the Waters of Life came along and washed it away. The author apparently views the spectacle with disbelief, while others appear to perceive it for what it is. I state this because the author copied posts from elsewhere in order to chastise the authors of such remarks. Spirit appears to have expressed reproof to this congregation, but it was spurned by the author of this blog. I hope I do not have to explain why I provide no link to this blog. I am sure that anyone can find it if they truly want to, and probably more blogs like it.
Nobody has all the answers, except Spirit. We cannot learn fully from Spirit if we close ourselves off to Spirit, or even part of it. We must learn to see the whole tapestry that it weaves. We must learn its dance. We can learn from one another, but first we must learn to respect each other, and also allow each other to freely walk the path Spirit moves us to – for that is the dance of Spirit.
Let those who have eyes see, and those who have ears hear. Spirit moves upon the face of the earth and upon the hearts of humankind, as it sees fit. Some scoff at the Animists who believe that Spirit exists in everything, but John the Baptist said, “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (Matt 3:9 KJV). There is much we can question. There is much we can debate. However, be certain that religion doesn’t inspire revelations – Spirit does!