Tag: spirit

Transcendent Reformation

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I’ve had my day of death

My day of grief’s initiation

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I’ve seen the spirit’s

Transcendent reformation

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All I ask for now

Is a daily celebration

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To awe my rebel ego

To prayer and service, jubilation.

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Passing Beyond

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Always passing beyond

Any stage of being

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We are spirit

Transcending

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All fixed points

Of existence

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Alive

In deep time

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To past and future

Present

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All at once

And holily.

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The Spiritualities of Christianity: Becoming like a Child

Perhaps children are more aware of spirituality than adults are.

I remember being asked to write an essay at school about evolution, and everything in me (as someone who did not follow any particular spiritual way and certainly not Christianity) protested that all that I was was an advanced form of amoeba.  I struggled to find words for it, though – “humanity”, “emotion” were the best I can remember.

Likewise, I remember as a teenager being moved by sunrises, sunsets, powerful songs, beautiful music – what I would now describe as “the transcendent” – what there is in this life that is beyond words, that takes us out of ourselves, that raises us, spiritually.

Christianity is sometimes known as the religion that talks about “original sin”, but I think there is also “original awareness” of spirituality.  Alongside the many evils and sins described in the Bible, from Cain’s murder of Abel to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, there are also many moments of epiphany – Jacob’s ladder, the transfiguration of Christ, the book of Revelation.

And Jesus said “Unless you become like a little child you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven”.  Children experience wonder and awe at what, to adults, appear the most banal things.  I saw a video on social media, recently, of a very young child unwrapping a banana in gift wrap.  I think it was a light-hearted post by their family, but the child’s overwhelming excitement as she discovered what lay hidden was genuine, infectious and deeply moving.

To become like a child we do not need to regress in our understanding.  But we may need to be born again to a realisation of the reality of spirit in our humanity, and to a wondrous appreciation of the presence, everywhere, of beauty and transcendence, calling us out of ourselves to God, who is the ultimate transcendence, who is ultimate spirit and being, and who calls us to a relationship that will transcend our dreams and ground our spirit in the greatest love of the universe.

Inspiring Poems: “Wisdom and Spirit of the universe”

” WISDOM and Spirit of the universe!
Thou Soul, that art the Eternity of thought!
And giv’st to forms and images a breath
And everlasting motion! not in vain,
By day or star-light, thus from my first dawn
Of childhood didst thou intertwine for me
The passions that build up our human soul;
Not with the mean and vulgar works of Man;
But with high objects, with enduring things,
With life and nature; purifying thus
The elements of feeling and of thought,
And sanctifying by such discipline
Both pain and fear,–until we recognise
A grandeur in the beatings of the heart. “

by William Wordsworth (from “The Prelude”)