This Week’s Quotation:
For some, there is the belief that God can work through a person as the holy spirit. So there is appreciation for the possibility that God, by whatever name, does not have to be so distant. The idea often associated with this belief is that all of who the human being is can open up to all that God is extending to them. This belief can be translated into an ecstatic experience, named by some as the “outpouring of the holy spirit.”Becoming a Sun p. 224
All the different ways that Christians interpret the outpouring of the holy spirit fascinate me.
In Western Christianity, Pentecost is this Sunday. The holiday celebrates the outpouring of the holy spirit told of in the Book of Acts. Jesus’ disciples gathered with 120 followers in Jerusalem and had an extraordinary experience. Perhaps it is the coming of the holiday that has inspired me to think about such an outpouring.
Not to make fun of the idea, but it sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? An ecstasy that is better than drugs or alcohol. But what is it, really?
Here are some of my insights and experience.
The holy spirit is often pictured as a uniform stream proceeding from the Creator—a white light. My experience tells me it most often comes in the colors of the rainbow.
The holy spirit is what flows from the Creator to and through people. Given that we are many-faceted as human beings, doesn’t it make sense that the creativity that activates us relates to all the facets of who we are?
It inspires our thoughts. It moves our hearts. It brings life to the body. And it lifts our spirit.
That is why the holy spirit is a rainbow. There is a color to activate each part of who we are.
The implication is that the outpouring of the holy spirit is not only an overwhelming emotional release. It is a highly practical activation of every part of who we are.
What brings this activation?
My own meditation connects me to the relevant color of the rainbow to activate the dimension of who I am that needs activation.
As I meditate on Love, the power of Love comes near my heart. It touches my heart. And there is an immediate outpouring.
As I meditate on Higher Wisdom, it touches my mind. My mind is fired up—inspired—by that Higher Wisdom.
And so it goes.
You might ask, So how do you meditate on these things?
All I can say here is that true meditation is the meditation that creates activation and outpouring. And while others can guide us to that experience, we are best off finding it for ourselves. In fact, no matter how much assistance we receive, that’s the only way it happens.
Good to meditate with you on this through this writing.
What does it mean to become a sun?
Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.