The Tapestry of Spirit

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!

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11 thoughts on “The Tapestry of Spirit

  1. Wonderful post! You are one of many bloggers that I have seen that are not bound to the rigid approach of traditional religion. I share the same perspective. Your blog title and subtitle caught my attention, and what a beautiful analogy you have! A river that flows down, traveling through different places (religions, beliefs, faiths) seeking the lowest point (simplicity/ humility) until it reaches the sea (God,Truth, Heaven) and rest. I will certainly remember this. You are right when you write that the legalistic mind limits us to grow and learn more about God. John 3:8 is a great expression of what Spirit is. Thank you.

  2. I love the analogy of religions as languages of spirit. When you study a foreign language, you also learn about a different culture and way of experiencing the world. I wonder could this apply to understanding a variety of religions. Could this lead to a deeper understanding of spirit?

  3. Me too, I like the analogy of religions as languages. Also the analogy of different colors creating this world, not just different shades of blue or red. It is a matter of being brave enough to change our attitudes about spirituality and life itself. It is difficult to do when we have been raised since childhood to be set in a single faith, and been taught that if we change or welcome other faiths, then we will be condemned forever in hell.

  4. My studies have been limited by the practicalities of everyday life, but thus far, it appears that way to me. However, what little I know about Joseph Campbell suggests that this might be (at least) similar to what he was trying to tell people, and he was far more scholarly than I.

  5. It is difficult, but this is not what Jesus said, or the example he set. He said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:7 KJV). The parable of the lost son (Luke 15:11-32) should assure us that if we stray in our seeking, He will rejoice with our return and embrace us. If you are born of the Spirit, then walk in the spirit knowing that,”There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (I John 4:18 KJV).

    Know that I only write this, Noel, because I know you are Christian and have the spirit, and want to encourage you to be free in Christ. God wasn’t made in Man’s image… religion was!

  6. We must let our desire and yearning for the Creator guide us, and with this we are safe to explore all that the faiths have to offer and say. Would the Creator ever let something into our hearts that could ever hurt our relationship with him. Would a good father ever give us poison to feed our hunger. There is none else but the Creator who guides us. Even the darkness is under the Soverienty of the Creators rule as a method to drive us from that darkness to HIS LIGHT.

    How else can you allow our Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other brothers and sisters to enter our hearts if we do not know that the light of the Creator shines hidden within all of Creation. I have studied all the faiths, and to my Jewish friends I speak one the one Love of the Universe with their language and culture. I speak with my Muslim brothers and sister with their language about the one Creator. I speak to others about the same thing but using their words. However behind the words and different ways of expressing that love, I see only the Upper One, and to Him all of my love goes to. My yearning is your yearning, my heart is your heart and I see what Jesus was pointing to in all faiths. There is no monopoly on truth it is all of humanities birthright. We cannot grasp the Creator but strive to allow that ONE AND ONLY TO FLOW THROUGH OR EVERY ACTION. All of the World is together flowing down this river of LOVE to our INCLUSIVE salvation. The ONE THE INFINITE.

  7. Hi again, Steve. You write so beautifully. Your analogy is great. And, really LOVE your answer to Noel. I also like Noel’s remark on November 24th. Love you, Steve.

  8. That you are wondering, questioning, and not afraid to view the mysteries of faith and spirit through a multi-faceted lens is wonderful. Keep going. You remind me of Ibn Arabi, a Sufi mystic who wandered with an open heart, finding so many deep and transformative experiences on his journeys.

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