The journey of spiritual growth and development is about making the decision to continue to live behind the veil of illusion and falsehood or to pierce through the membrane into the experience of truth. What do you choose?
To this day, a veil lies over our hearts…
but whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed.
Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same
image… as from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3: 15-18
I love this reading from Paul and it is upon this reading that I have based much of the work that I do in Authentic Freedom Ministries. The freedom of which Paul speaks is the inner freedom that we know when we pierce through the veil of illusion, rooted in fear and falsehoods and remember our true nature as men and women of contentment and joy residing within the Love of the Divine. This is the freedom that is our original nature and the freedom to which we are compelled to return.
In the reading above, Paul also gives us the only tool we need to burst through the membrane that holds us imprisoned in our fears and false perceptions and that only necessary tool is God (“the Lord”). When we are diligent in maintaining the Divine as the center and focus of our lives, the journey to spiritual freedom unfolds before us. The good news is that while meditation, contemplation and prayer are all valid and supportive tools through which we can maintain this Divine attention – there are an infinite number of ways to enter into this process. So, for those who are not called to direct contemplation – here are a list of other activities that we can use as a means of focusing on the God of our understanding….the key is the intention that we bring to these activities:
painting, running, movement activities, dancing, singing, cooking, knitting, needlework, sculpting, drawing, coloring, playing, raking leaves, cleaning, visiting with friends, snuggling, making love, listening to music, drumming, napping, climbing trees, hiking, clearing brush, activism, serving others, writing, etc. etc. etc.
How are you piercing through the membrane of illusion to reach your higher truth?
How do you connect with the Divine of your understanding?
What is your understanding of Spiritual Freedom?
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