Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Is It Truth Vs Fake Truth or Is It Something Else?

In this day of news and fake news, of facts and alternative facts, ever wonder why? It’s obvious we don’t all see the same, especially as Believers.

Here’s Why:

I submit to you it’s because we perceive the truth and experience life on different levels of awareness. 

Have you ever wondered where the left-wingers and the right-wingers come off with all their crazy views? Or wondered why we can’t just all get along? You can’t blame the Devil for this one.

The Truth is the truth wherever we may encounter it, but it’s at whatever level of awareness that we experience and perceive the truth that determines everything. Again, it’s our perception through which we perceive the truth, like clear or rose-colored glasses.

First Level Awareness

Do you perceive and experience what’s true with your amygdala, your small primitive brain? Do you experience a life of fearing God and fighting with the Devil? Are you plagued with fear? At first level awareness, the truth is anchored in our fears, our anger, and our pleasure.

Do you experience and perceive, spurred on by an angry god, taking pleasure in grinding your enemies into the dirt? Everything is suspect, everything is a conspiracy, and everything is a challenge that must be subdued and defeated.

Here the truth is married to God with superstition, using the Placebo Effect** to bolster our faith and prove our points. Here we pray to God like playing the slot machines. And if he answers, it’s like winning the Lottery.

I know people like this, and so do you. In fact, we’ve all been there. Actually, as our brain waves cycle, we’re usually there several times a day.

Speaking of Fundamentalist

Fighting Fundamentalists are a tribal people who follow the truth literally (as they see it). Do you read and experience Scripture from this experiential/awareness level?

This is why tribal groups can use children soldiers who’s brains haven’t developed yet. They’re easy to control, through fear, anger, and pleasure. This is why we can bomb innocent victims. This is why we can enslave people, underpay people, overtly and covertly, as long as they aren’t our tribe.

This is also why some tribal groups can have sister wives and such. Are you getting the point? Tribes are denominations.

Just because something works doesn’t mean it’s right. It works at our awareness functioning level. How we perceive and experience truth determines our own reality and belief systems.

When you’re ‘on the inside’ of a prevailing awareness of a tribe, it all makes sense. But ask yourself, Is this an open or a closed system? Is this sustainable? Am I flourishing?

The Solution is The Not Right or Wrong of Dualism

It’s not right or wrong. It’s how we perceive coming to God, experiencing God, and knowing the Eternal One.

Though our structures may nurture us, they do not define us. The Church is Living and specifically Living Christ, not an organization, nor a tribal denomination. It has been said truly, ‘the Church is an organism, not an organization.’

As we create our own reality from our belief systems. It’s time to deconstruct our presuppositions so we might see behind the curtain. Psalms say it this way:  The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. If the word of God is tested and refined in a fire seven times, how much more our viewpoints and understanding of God. How is it that we think we get it when the God of all creation says something when our perspective is so small and so limited.

When the Apostle Peter tells us to grow up in our salvation. Does this mean relationally? Absolutely.

When the Prophet Isaiah tells us that As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts, Is Isaiah challenging us to gain God’s perspective and awareness? The Mind of Christ.

What is spirit is spirit, so that spiritual awareness is not merely mental or even intuitive awareness though it nurtures both. It is more. It is dwelling in Christ. It is having the perspective of Christ.

So here’s a prophetic word for you with ears to hear. Does this sound like an awareness level statement? It is.

From Tribes to Christ

There are tribes of Christ, but God is calling us into the very Oneness of Christ whereby we are saved. It is not your tribe or my tribe that is right. It is Christ alone, who is before all time and eternity, endlessly creating and flowing with life, who’s very source is love and light and living. Christ eternal, who Jesus gives us just a peek, and yes, access.

So we are called into being, belonging, wholeness, and home. We are called to live in this choreography, this living dance, right here and right now.

We are called to bring Christ to earth, heaven on earth, as we dwell with Christ in eternity, and in the body of our lives, we reveal Him: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a conscious oneness as the Body of Christ.

At whatever level of awareness we are living during our day, will determine how we do this.

As Mister Eckhart says, ‘Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.’ And we?

We are the unfolding revelation of God, loving the world and welcoming them home, to join us in this dance of revival, renewal, and restoration…healing everything, because everything belongs.

You are the unfolding revelation of God to the world.

 

 

 

**Placebo Effect: “a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment like prayer, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must, therefore, be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.” And Yes, God can heal us, but so can our belief, and here’s where we can move into superstition with rituals rather than faith, like the guy who hangs garlic to ward off evil.

And Yes, God can heal us, but so can our belief, and here’s where we can move into superstition with rituals rather than faith, like the guy who hangs garlic around his neck to ward off evil.

We tend to think of placebos in a negative context but the principle is totally positive.  For example, your cells have everything in them to fight cancer, and your belief can activate this. Just look at the Botox ads disclaimers in this positive context. It may surprise you. On the other end, many spiritualists depend on the placebo effect for their existence and don’t even know it.

Science is the spiritual director of our age. ~ Sister Joan Chittister

 

 

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