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Grace and Light brings Enlightenment

“The Grace of God in a soul is like a candle in a lantern or in a glass vessel; for it enlightens, and brightens, and shines through, the vessel, that is, the righteous man. And it manifests itself to the man who has it within him, if he be observant of himself. And it manifests itself through him, to other men, in virtues and in good examples. This flash of divine grace inwardly stirs and moves a man with swiftness, and this swift movement is the first thing which makes us see. Of this swift movement of God there springs from the side of man the second thing, which is a gathering together of all inward and outward powers in the unity of the spirit, in the bonds of love.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

Grace of God

Whether you call it Grace, Manna, or Light, this power that comes from God does indeed enlighten one. It does this by awakening the dormant spirit and soul. It then continues to do it by nourishing them as material food nourishes our physical body.

It sounds like a catch twenty-two, however, when Ruysbroeck says that grace manifests to the one who already has it within him. I believe that what he means is that grace comes to the one who is ready for it. Grace comes to the one who is willing to receive it and use it wisely.

Sharing Grace

When we have manages to get the Grace of God within us, and have awakened our own spiritual faculties, it is important to share that with others. Ruysbroeck indicates that this is done by being virtuous and showing good example. That is certainly a part of it, but it isn’t the only way. When a person is ill, we can send them healing energy just by thinking about it. They don’t even have to know we have done it. Likewise, we can send that Light or Grace out to others imbedded with positive thoughts like love, peace, and harmony. Such directed Light can counter a surprising amount of negativity in the world. Continue reading “Grace and Light brings Enlightenment”

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Grace Grows Swiftly to Raise Consciousness Higher

“Inpouring grace grows swiftly in power, as the strength of the sun grows with the passing of the year. The Presence of God now stands over the soul’s supreme summits, in the zenith: the transcendent fact of the illuminated consciousness. His power and love shine perpetually upon the heart, ‘giving more than we can take, demanding more than we can pay’; and inducing in the soul upon which the mighty energy is playing, a strange unrest, part anguish and part joy. This is the second phase of the ecstatic period, and give rise to that which Ruysbroeck, and after him Tauler, have called the ‘storm of love’; a wild longing for union which stretches to the utmost the self’s powers of response. And expresses itself in violent efforts, impassioned ascents towards the Spirit that cries without ceasing to our spirit: ‘Pay your debt! Love the Love that has loved you from Eternity.’” ~Evelyn Underhill

Grace Grows Swiftly

Grace grows swiftly today even more than it did when Ms. Underhill wrote the quote. I am not sure that she intended to relate the growth to the sun, but comparing it with the growing strength of the sun, but it is appropriate to do so. In fact, it is the birth of the Sun of Righteousness as described by the prophet Malachi that is bringing that greater flow of grace to us. It is that Sun of Righteousness which is the “Presence of God” that Underhill speaks of. While God is everywhere, His Presence is more concentrated in the Light of the Spiritual Sun, that Light which is also called “Grace”. Continue reading “Grace Grows Swiftly to Raise Consciousness Higher”

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Receiving Divine Grace

“Grace, the synthesis of God’s love, energy, and will, pours like a great river through the universe, and perpetually beats upon the soul. When man consents to receive it, opens the sluices of the heart to the living water, surrenders to it; then he opens his heart and will to the impact of reality, his eyes to the Divine Light, and in this energetic movement of acceptance begins for the first time to live indeed. … Ruysbroeck always puts first the virtue, or rather the attitude, which he calls good-will: the voluntary orientation of the self in the right direction, the eager acceptance of grace.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Divine Grace

Whether you call it Grace, Light, Divine Energy, or The Force, this “energy” does flow through all of the universe, though it is more plentiful on spiritual levels than on the material ones. It is obvious, though, that it has little effect on some people. Ms. Underhill, writing on the philosophy or Ruysbroeck, indicates why when she says we must consent to receive it.

You can stand on the shore of the Nile, the Mississippi, or even the Amazon, but you don’t get wet to any significant degree until you actually choose to get into the water (or fall in, which does happen occasionally). Likewise, Grace can flow all around you, yet not affect you if you choose to avoid it, even if that choice is made subconsciously. Just as you must choose to get wet in a river of water, you must choose to open yourself up to God’s grace. Continue reading “Receiving Divine Grace”

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The Light of the Holy Spirit

“The Holy Spirit is the source of the Divine vitality immanent in the universe. It is an outflowing torrent of Good which streams through all heavenly spirits; it is a Flame of Fire that consumes all in the One; it is also the spark of transcendence latent in man’s soul. The Spirit is the personal, Grace the impersonal, side of that energetic Love which enfolds and penetrates all life;” ~Evelyn Underhill

While I’m not a big fan of the book “The Shack” that was a huge bestseller, It did get some things about God correct. One is that God can appear in any form, should he choose to appear at all (actually, He almost never does, He sends an angel to speak for Him), and the second is that the Holy Spirit is female (In the book, a black woman is the form assumed).

If we think in terms of matter and energy, the Holy Spirit is the energy side of God. This Spirit brings us the Grace, the Light that awakens and nourishes the spirit and soul. You might also think of it as the Father doing the thinking and the Holy Spirit taking action, getting things done. When the Father awakened Jesus after John had baptized Him, it was the Holy Spirit that did the job and symbolically appeared as a dove of light above his head (please note, “dove of Light”, not matter).

Underhill tells us this Spirit is an “torrent of Good”. So those inspired by the Holy Spirit, those awakened by it, energized by it will do good. They have little choice. You cannot freeze water with fire and you cannot create evil with the power and energy of the Holy Spirit. So doesn’t it make sense that if we want to do what is good for us and for the world that we should seek out this spiritual energy? Continue reading “The Light of the Holy Spirit”