Posted in Empowerment, Holy Spirit, Jesus

Was Jesus a Shaktipat Guru?

In 2010, I posted a blog drawing parallels between Jesus and his work and the process of Shaktipat from the Siddha Yoga tradition.  Dr. Sonya Jones read my blog and shared that she was writing a book on this very topic.  Below is an excerpt from her now published work.  Congratulations Sonya (Sw. Shraddhananda)!

From Jesus Was a Shaktipat Guru, Chapter 8, “Shaktipat by Touch” by Sw. Shraddhananda aka Rev. Dr. Sonya Jones–the text also includes an Introduction by Rev. Chris Vasumti Deefholts in which Rev. Deefholts, now Sw. Prakashananda, explores her Shaktipat experience with Jesus.

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Buy it HERE.

As a Shaktipat Guru, how did Jesus bestow the precious gift?

Down to washing the feet of his first apostles, touch appears to have been the Master’s primary way of bestowing Shaktipat while still on earth. However, he also gave Shaktipat by sankalpa (will) across the distance and by infusing his sacred energy into food and wine. The ways in which Jesus gave Shaktipat are consistent with the modus operandi of Shaktipat Gurus in other traditions.

If internal conditions are ripe, seekers can receive Shaktipat simply by being in the presence  of a Jagadguru. Crowds sought out Jesus just as they did Bhagawan Nityananda and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Frequently, people say they want to be in the presence of Jagadgurus for their erudite messages and sermons when, more often than not, they want to experience the energy, or Shakti, these precious beings radiate.

“Awake thou that sleepest,” Jesus is quoted as saying in Ephesians 5:14. “Arise from the dead and Christ shall give you light.”

Christ will light the fire, Jesus said. In other words, the fire will blaze from a larger source than just one man living in a human body. The fire (or Holy Spirit) was spread from the cosmic Christ through the living apostles who acted as conduits for purified consciousness. In Indian terms, the Maha Shakti (or Holy Spirit) ignites the fire moving through the Guru, or teacher who has accepted the responsibility to act on behalf of his or her lineage.

The command from Ephesians could only have been spoken by a Shaktipat Guru who was capable of dispensing the sacred fire–whether by look, touch, or sankalpa–which leads unfailingly to freedom.

swshrandhanda-250x250-1Sw. Shraddhananda aka Rev. Dr. Sonya Jones serves as Spiritual Director of Slate Branch Ashram, located in the beautiful Lake Cumberland Valley of Kentucky, also home to Sacred Feet Yoga and the Sannyasa program of The Community of The Mystic Heart. Prior to taking retirement from academic teaching, she taught at Allegheny College and later for the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky. A member of the Saraswati Order of Monastics and Meditation Masters, she holds a Ph.D. from Emory University. She has lectured on six continents.

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Holy Spirit, Initiation

Pentecost, Holy Spirit, Kundalini Awakening

The Holy Spirit is the Kundalini energy referred to in the Eastern Spiritual traditions.  The Holy Spirit is the in-dwelling presence of the Divine and the seed of our human potential.  In Eastern Energy medicine the Holy Spirit/Kundalini is imagined as a seed, a lotus, a flame or a serpent that lies dormant in the deepest center of our being – most frequently depicted as lying dormant at the base of our spine/root chakra.  This in-dwelling presence of the Divine is God seeking to be expressed uniquely through us through our God-given gifts and call.  As we grow spiritually, this Divine potential is unleashed within us, freeing us, liberating us, healing us to embody and live the fullness of our human potential. As we allow the Holy Spirit within us to be unleashed, we are freed to live more and more fully as the uniquely magnificent beings God created us to be.  We come to know our gifts.  We nurture and cultivate these gift, and we freely and openly share these gifts in the world.  It is through the sharing of our gifts that the love of God that seeks to be made manifest in the world is expressed through us and in sharing our gifts, others are inspired to come to know their own unique magnificence as well.

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This understanding of the Holy Spirit is present within the Christian scriptures if we take the time to seek the truth beyond the words.  The Pentecost experience depicted in the Christian scriptures described this moment of awakening as it was felt by Jesus’ disciples.  Through the Pentecost experience, the disciples who had previously been hiding in the Upper Room for fear of persecution, suddenly became empowered to freely and openly share God’s truth in the world (as revealed to them by Jesus, the Christ).  Scripture describes this Pentecost experience as flames coming down from heaven.  I think it was more like that which is described in the Eastern texts, the Kundalini is awakened at the base of the spine and moves up through the body, exploding out of the top of the head as a flame reaching towards the heavens.  Looking at the Pentacost experience from this perspective allows us to let go of our perceptions of God as outside of us, and invites us to seek the Divine that dwells within.  Setting aside these perceptions of separation opens us to a deeper and more intimate understanding of the Holy Spirit as the aspect of the Divine that dwells within and that seeks to be made known in the world through our own unique magnificence.   Think of it this way, the Holy Spirit is the acorn that holds within it the fullness of our potential, and when we allow this acorn to be open and grow within us, only then can we become the magnificent oak that we were intended to become.

What has been your understanding of the Holy Spirit?

How can you connect more fully with the Divine Potential that seeks to be made manifest through you?

How can you embody your own Divine Potential?

Posted in Discernment, God, Holy Spirit, Mystics, Superheroes

What are your Superpowers – Part 1? Superhero Report

Superhero Report from August 18, 2014.

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Each and every one of us has been uniquely and creatively gifted to be a vessel through which LOVE is made manifest in our world.   In service to this unique giftedness, we have also been blessed with a certain kind of magic which allows these gifts to be used in service to the betterment of the world and in ways that are no less than miraculous.  In the Catholic tradition in which I was raised, this magic is referred to as charisms, known in other traditions as spiritual gifts or in the yogic tradition as siddhis. For our purposes here, I will refer to these gifts as our Superpowers!

From the perspective of the Catholic tradition, The Catherine of Siena Institute has identified twenty-six charisms or spiritual gifts, which again, I will refer to as Superpowers. (have participants write these down as you read them).

  • Administration
  • Celibacy
  • Craftsmanship
  • Discernment of Spirits
  • Encouragement
  • Evangelism
  • Faith
  • Giving
  • Healing
  • Helps
  • Hospitality
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Mercy
  • Missionary
  • Music
  • Pastoring
  • Prophecy
  • Service
  • Teaching
  • Voluntary Poverty
  • Wisdom
  • Writing
  • Speaking in Tongues
  • Interpretation of Tongues

A Superpower is not, however, to be confused with a gift or a talent.  Talents are something we learn.  Superpowers are something with which we are endowed.  The mark of a true superpower is in its effortless accomplishment and in its miraculous fruits.  When we are engaged in our superpower, we find that the work of doing it is effortless and the results are far beyond what we know ourselves to be humanly capable of.  The reason for this is that when engaged in our charism, it is not ourselves who are doing the work, but God doing it through us.

In addition to the traditional Superpowers, I have identified a few Superpowers specific to Superheroes. These Superpowers are not necessarily directed toward the betterment of the world (though they can be), but are used to support the Superhero and their unique call in the world. These Superpowers include, but are not limited to:

  • Invisibility
  • Flight
  • Telepathy
  • Trans-dimensional vision, hearing
  • Time Walking
  • Inter-dimensional travel
  • Hosting
  • Mediumship
  • Manifesting
  • Elasticity
  • Time Morphing
  • Blending
  • Exorcism
  • Soul Retrieval

What are your Superpowers?

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Discernment, Empowerment, Freedom, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Practices, Truth

Authentic Freedom Virtual Church – Meditation Supplement

This week’s Authentic Freedom Virtual Church meditation supplement explores the Pentecost event and the “coming down” of the Holy Spirit.  In the Hindu and Yogic traditions, they describe a similar experience in the kundalini awakening.  I often wonder if the Holy Spirit and Kundalini are in fact, one and the same.

 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pentecost

 

 

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service

 

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Scripture Reading:

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”

Acts 2: 1-11

 

Additional Readings:

Ps 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34

1 Cor 12: 3B-7, 12 -13

Jn 20: 19-23

 

The Holy Spirit and Kundalini

In the Pentecost narrative, the Holy Spirit is depicted as something outside of us, coming down upon the disciples, as if from the heavens. The purpose of the Holy Spirit, as described in this narrative, is to empower the disciples to live fully out of their unique spiritual gifts (here described as speaking in tongues) in service to God and for the betterment of the world. The Holy Spirit empowers them to act in ways beyond what they might have previously thought possible.

In the Hindu and Yogic traditions, there is a similar kind of empowering energy and experience known as Kundalini. Kundalini is thought to be the seed of our potential, carrying within it our unique giftedness and call to service. As we grow and mature spiritually, the Kundalini is awakened and empowers us to live our potential to its fullest. The difference between Kundalini and the Holy Spirit, as it is depicted in the Pentecost narrative, is that Kundalini resides within us and eventually explodes out of the top of our head as opposed to coming into the top of our head from outside of us. I often wonder if Kundalini and the Holy Spirit are not in fact one and the same.

How have you become aware of a spiritual awakening happening in you?

How have you supported this spiritual awakening?

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Spiritual Practices – Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Set aside 20-30 minutes to enter into this meditation practice. You will need your computer or personal music device to access the music that will be used in this practice.

  1. Sit in silence. Begin your practice with a personal prayer/request/statement of intention that your desire is to welcome the Holy Spirit – to be open to awakening the Holy Spirit’s within (or outside) of you. In stating this intention, you are agreeing to accepting the gifts the Spirit wishes to awaken and empower in you.
  2. Listen to the following song, Veni Sancte Spiritus, from the Taize community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eaet60_DuFY
  3. As you are listening, imagine that the Holy Spirit is either coming down upon you, or awakening from the center of your belly and arising within you.
  4. Listen to the song a second time and repeat the visualization if you feel so called.
  5. Be attentive to any physical, emotional or mental sensations you may experience during the meditation.
  6. Record your thoughts and reflections in a journal or notebook.

 

Authentic Freedom

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”                     (1 Cor 3: 17)

 

In the Epilogue to Authentic Freedom, we speak of the process of discernment. Discernment is the process we use to distinguish the voice of Truth (God) from the voice of our ego. The primary distinction between God and ego is concisely articulated by Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians. Truth leads us to freedom. Freedom, however, is not something that is measured outside of us, but is known in an inner experience of expansiveness. Freedom leads us to love, peace, joy, contentment and fulfillment. Freedom is known in a life where there is meaning and purpose through which we are freely and generously sharing our own unique giftedness in service to God for the betterment of the world. This is Authentic Freedom.

 

How are you experiencing the freedom that is your Divine heritage?  

Where are you experiencing this freedom as being constricted?

What are the fears that are causing you to live a life that is anything less than free?

Posted in church, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus

New Church or Original Church?

In the conversation about Emergent Church, I often wonder if what is really happening is the Holy Spirit bringing us back to what TRULY matters.  Jesus came with a simple message:

Love God.

Love one another as I have loved you.

Historically, it only took man a few years to screw it up.  Jesus was also very clear about what his personal mission was:

Feed the hungry

Clothe the naked

Heal the sick

Bring sight to the blind

Set captives free

Emergent Church seems to be about returning to the simple mission and message of Jesus which ultimately boils down to

LOVE

For today’s reflection, I want to share with you the ONE prayer that helps me to remember our task as followers of Jesus.  You can listen to it HERE.

Posted in church, Discernment, Empowerment, Holy Spirit, Jesus

A Prophet’s Pain in Birthing a New Way of Being Church

At the risk of unleashing my inner martyr, I’m feeling called to explore a topic that is as close to my heart as it is excruciatingly painful.  I share this topic, not for my own self-mortification, but in support of those, like me, who have been born with a different vision of Church – different, at least, from the one our parents grew up with and one that as yet, is unknown. While this Church is yet to be known, there is a very real sense of what it feels like and this “feeling like” Church is kicking, screaming, shouting and stomping its feet for its realization in our world.  And, this Church that is not yet known is the exact topic of the book that tickled (pun intended) me to write today’s blog:  The Great Emergence – How Christianity is Changing and Why, by Phyllis Tickle.  🙂

In this book, Phyllis Tickle acknowledges the enormous transformation that is currently taking place in Western culture and specifically how this transformation is ushering in a new way of being Church – much to the chagrin of those clinging to old models of being Church (“re-traditioners”) and much to the joy of those called to dream forth new models (“innovators”).  The problem is that for the former, this unfolding transformation feels like the work of the devil and for the latter, it cannot possibly happen soon enough.  As terror and impatience are not the best of bedfellows, Tickle warns us not to repeat the bloody patterns of those who have ushered in similar transformations – interestingly, every 500 years or so, since the beginning of time (think Protestant Reformation (1500’s), The Great Schism (1000’s) and The Fall of the Roman Empire (500’s)).  Sadly, I fear Tickle’s warning has come too late.  While in the strictly Christian experience of this transformation (let us not minimize the massive deaths of the past century that have ultimately been a part of this cultural change), literal blood has not been shed.  But, believe me, gallons of metaphoric blood have been, by innovators in particular.

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Here’s where my martyr, or at the very least, my empathy, steps in.  As an innovator (using Tickle’s term) myself, and knowing HUNDREDS of others like me, I can tell you that the pain is excruciating. And the experience of this pain is nothing short of a broken heart and often requires the loss of one’s soul – at least the part of one’s soul that hopes for acceptance in the Church one loves while dreaming forth the Church GOD implanted in one’s heart.  For those who are innovators/prophets, we know the routine.  We’re going about our daily business (ahem…this probably started in childhood).  We kinda like the Church – in fact, we might even love it.  BUT….there is something in us that says, “This thing here, isn’t quite right.  This doesn’t feel right in my heart and something in me seems to be DEMANDING that the Church look like this…”  We experience dissonance when what we hear from the pulpit or see in the actions of “Church people” messages or actions inconsistent with what we know to be Jesus’ message of love.  When we ask someone about this, or dare to confront these inconsistencies, we are told, “Sit down. Shut up.  Do what you are told.”  But how are we supposed to do this when we were genetically programmed to question authority?  For prophets and innovators, authority isn’t assumed, it has to be earned.  And quite frankly, most of Western religion hasn’t done a very good job of earning that authority.

Most of the time, we can tolerate “sit down and shut up.” We simply seethe in resentment over not being heard and for having our needs denied, while we go about doing what we want anyway.  We use birth control.  We eat meat on Fridays.  We skip mass (most of the time).  We vote democrat.  We might even vote pro-choice (understanding that abortion is merely a symptom of deeper issues that need to be addressed). We divorce and remarry.  We support gay rights.  We go to yoga.  We explore Buddhism, Wicca, Judaism, Islam, Unitarianism, Paganism, etc.  And we meditate.

Much to the chagrin of the re-traditioners, we fully embrace and live our primacy of conscience. And while they may be content to judge and condemn us as sinners, they can’t because while we are doing what we want, we are also continuing the mission of Christ – feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the poor, setting captives free, giving sight to the blind, working for the marginalized in our society and in our world.

This is where it tends to get personal.  Re-traditioners like things black and white, cut and dried, reasonable and practical.  The motivations and actions of innovators and prophets are everything but this.  Instead, we thrive in the margins and in glorious shades of grey (or is it gray?).  “I’ve seen her praying the stations of the cross and attending Saturday afternoon rosary….and yet she does Reiki too….isnt’ that the work of the devil????  It certainly hasn’t been handed down by the magisterium!  She must be a witch….BURN HER!”  While I say this a little bit tongue in cheek….it really isn’t far from the truth – at least in its effect.  Condemned, rejected, painfully cast out for listening to the voice of God in our hearts that guides us and leads us toward our truth and toward the new vision of Church trying to be born.

Here then, is the key.  As Phyllis Tickle observes, each of the past “great” transformations has ultimately been about the question of authority.  WHO HOLDS THE AUTHORITY?  I can tell you without a doubt that the authority for which we are currently vying is INNER AUTHORITY.  As Joachim de Fiore prophesied in the twelfth century, we are entering fully into the Age of the Holy Spirit – when authority will rest within the individual and their personal relationship with that which some might call God.  DISCERNMENT and personal empowerment will be the key and if the Church (which is currently dying on the vine) hopes to survive it would do well to provide the tools through which these goals might be successfully accomplished.  In the meantime, my heart and my prayers of support go out to the innovators and prophets who are working on the margins – in the real world, seeing, believing and LIVING the new Church.

Posted in Holy Spirit, Virtual Church

Authentic Freedom Virtual Church is LIVE

This week’s Authentic Freedom Virtual Church service is LIVE.  Click HERE to access.

The theme this week is “Introducing the Holy Spirit.”  In this week’s service, you will have an opportunity to explore the person of the Holy Spirit and have a personal and direct experience of the Holy Spirit’s Presence and Action in your life.

Have a great weekend!

 

Lauri

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, Empowerment, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Spiritual Practices, Truth, Virtual Church

Virtual Church Meditation Supplement – The Power of the Holy Spirit

Please find below “Agape” – the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Meditation Supplement for Sunday, May 25, 2014. The topic this week is getting to know the Holy Spirit – the Power of God that awakens, catalyzes, directs and empowers.  Feel the Power.

 

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service

 

Scripture Reading:

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

John 14: 15-21

 

 

Additional Readings:

Acts 8: 5-7, 14-17

Ps 66: 1-7, 16, 20

1 Pt 3: 15-18

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Exploring the Trinity

In this week’s reading, we begin our discussion of the Holy Spirit – the third Divine Person of the Trinity. In regards to the Trinity, Jesus spoke first about “the Father” the part of the Trinity that Jesus experienced as outside of him. Jesus experienced this aspect of God as intimately personal and loving, like a father, but not limited to masculine form. Secondly, Jesus experienced God within him and so much a part of him as if they were One. The Holy Spirit, is the aspect of God that moves and empowers. Jesus experienced the third person of the Trinity as flowing out of the love he knew between himself and the Father and that would inspire and activate those who followed his example and came to know the love that he hoped to implant in the world in the same way that the Holy Spirit had inspired and activated him. The Holy Spirit awakens us, inspires us and moves us to be love in the world and is like a fire that cannot be contained. The Holy Spirit is God seeking to be known in the world through us.

How have you experienced God outside of you, God within you and God seeking to be expressed through you?

How have you experienced the FIRE of the Holy Spirit?

 

 

Spiritual Practices:

In this week’s spiritual practice, you will have an opportunity to have a palpable experience of the Holy Spirit so that you can identify its Presence and Action in your life.

  1. Go you YouTube and find the song “The Power” by Amy Grant. Link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gXn0S3e9dY
  2. Listen to the song one time listening attentively to the lyrics.
  3. Listen to the song again, this time, feeling the song with your body. Feel the rhythm of the music. Allow the music to literally move you…tap your feet, sway your arms, GET UP AND DANCE. J
  4. Listen again and allow yourself to be ONE with the music. Enter deeply into the song – lyrics, rhythm, even the silence between the notes. Feel the music as part of who you are. THIS is the Holy Spirit seeking to be known in and through you. Acknowledge it.
  5. Rest in silence and be attentive to any thoughts, emotions, images that may begin to arise.
  6. Write your thoughts and feelings in a notebook or journal.

 

Authentic Freedom

In Amy Grant’s song, The Power, she speaks of the aspect of God that “drives us crazy.” While Authentic Freedom doesn’t specifically address the topic of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit can be thought of as the place within us that feels frustrated, impatient, angry, depressed and anxious when the truth of who God is asking us to be feels thwarted. When we are not living as the person God made us to be – peaceful, loving, compassionate, purposeful and fulfilled, the Holy Spirit lets us know and will continue to let us know until we do something about it. The Holy Spirit is like the fire breathing life into our truest self, driving it to seek after its fulfillment until it is satisfied. This is why we often feel “crazy” in the pursuit of our path, or as a dear spiritual brother calls it, “angsty!”

Where have you experienced the fire of the Holy Spirit through your own restlessness, impatience, frustration, angst, anger, anxiety and even depression?

 

 

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What is Your Magic? Part 7

Today’s blog continues to explore the gifts of the Holy Spirit (charisms) – the uniquely creative way in which God seeks to be known in the world through us and the magic through which we are vessels for God’s transformative love in the world.  A charism is not, however, to be confused with a gift or a talent.  Talents are something we learn.  Charisms are something with which we are endowed.  The mark of a true charism is in its effortless accomplishment and in its miraculous fruits.  When we are engaged in our charism, we find that the work of doing it is effortless and the results are far beyond what we know ourselves to be humanly capable of.  The reason for this is that when engaged in our charism, it is not ourselves who are doing the work, but God doing it through us.Today, we specifically examine the charisms of pastoring, prophecy, service and teaching.

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Using the charism of teaching

The Charism of Pastoring

A woman or man with the charism of pastoring, is uniquely gifted to nurture the relationships and long-term spiritual growth and connectedness of a group.  Pastoring, in a Christian sense, is often associated with a priest, bishop or even the pope, but can be present within any individual working within a faith community who has the gift of building community and a sense of interconnectedness.  Pastoring, however, is not limited to religious communities and is often witnessed in any work or even family environment when one person has a remarkable capacity for building a sense of community and connection within a group of people.  Pastoring is similar to the charism of leadership, except that the latter is directed toward moving the group toward the accomplishment of a task, the former is specifically directed toward building a sense of community.

The Charism of Prophecy

To speak of the charism of prophecy, I will borrow from Albert Nolan’s amazing book, Jesus Today:

“Defining the prophet:

Prophets are people who speak out when others remain silent. They are watchful of the areas in need of reform in their own society, their own country, or their own religious institutions. True prophets are men and women who stand up and speak (or act) out about the practices of their own people and their own leaders – while others remain silent. True prophets are not part of the authority structure. Prophets are never appointed, ordained or anointed by the religious establishment. They experience a special calling that comes directly from God, and their message comes from their own personal experience of God. (Thus says the Lord) Any attempts to practice the same spirituality of Jesus would entail learning how to speak out boldly as he did – and face the consequences.”

 

  1. Ability to read the sign of the timesProphets are typically people who can foretell the future, not as fortune-tellers, but as people who have learned to read the signs of the times. Prophets are able to see where it is all heading.
  2. Devoted to a life of prayerProphets experience not only a special calling from God, but also a special closeness to God that enables them to understand God’s feelings and thoughts about what is happening and what will happen in the future. It is this mystical experience of union with God that enables them to speak on God’s behalf.A life of constant prayer and contemplation is required to cultivate this union.
  3. Courage!

Through the Holy Spirit, prophets are empowered to speak God’s truth freely, openly and without reservation, even in the face of sure persecution.

The Charism of Service

What distinguishes one with the gift of charism is their sense of personal responsibility to a task.  Uninterested in delegating a task to another, they prefer to do it themselves – typically because they are usually the only one who sees the task that needs to be accomplished and because the tasks they see as needing to be done are usually quite simple and practical in nature.  Additionally, those with the charism of service are not interested in accomplishing someone else’s work, they see themselves as filling in the gaps between what leaders and administrators seek to accomplish and what leaders and administrators often fail to see.  The tasks of a server are usually simple – seeing that a volunteer failed to show up and stepping in to do their task, remembering to set out extra toilet paper rolls for a large event, making signs to help direct people to a conference, getting a glass of water for a conference speaker.  Servers see the little things that need to be done and they do them.

The Charism of Teaching

The charism of teaching empowers one to help others learn information and skills that help them to reach their fullest potential as a human being.  Teachers are voracious learners themselves and are constantly looking for ways to share what they have learned with others.  One can affirm the charism of teaching within themselves by the way in which others learn through their teaching.  The learning effect is the true mark of a teacher.

Lauri Ann Lumby is an ordained interfaith minister, spiritual director and author.  Lauri works with individuals in the fulfillment of their greatest potential, which includes the discovery and cultivation of their charisms.  To set up a personal session, call (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com.