“He had the touch of the Center of the Abyss, the eternal Source, behind him, as a Band, and before him, the Heart and Light of God, as a glance of the joy and kindling of Paradise. Which springs up in the essences with the Light of the Joy, and beneath him [he had]the four elements in the budding out of the Limbus which was in him.
“and as long as he set his Imagination in the Heart of God, Paradise was in him, and the band of the abyss in him (in the Source) was a Paradise of transcendent joy; and the kingdom of this world held him from beneath also in the Band, because it goes forth from the Element. But so long as he set his mind in the Heart of God, the Kingdom of the four Elements could not lay hold of him, or master him, and it was impotent, as to him, as this world is impotent as to God.
“Thus the Spirit and Soul of Adam stood in the midst in the Joyful Paradise forty days as one day, and all inclined to him, … and secondly, there inclined to him the Deity of the Kingdom of Heaven in the open gate, in the pleasant luster; and thirdly, the spirit of the Stars and Elements inclined to him drawing him to their Bands. And heartily desiring him.” ~Jacob Boehme
Heart and Light of God
That is the goal of any real spiritual development: to be before the Heart and Light of God. It may be worded in other ways such as, to be one with the Source, to be with the All, to see the Face of God, etc. They all mean the same thing. Another way to put it, for those who don’t like the term “God” for some reason (as if the very complex universe could function without a hierarchy), we could say the goal is to reach the highest level of consciousness. That still means the same thing.
Joy of Paradise
The heart and light of God is the joy of paradise. Many people who have had a near-death experience report entering a place of bright light that is full of love and joy. This is the presence of God. But you don’t have to go through a near-death experience to become one with the heart and light of God. Mystics have been doing it for thousands of years. Nearly all of us are capable of experiencing this by learning the proper methods and practicing for a long time. I know there are many today who claim they have had an instant spiritual awakening without practicing the spiritual techniques of the mystics for a single day. They are only deluding themselves. They have simply replaced one illusion for another rather than attaining ultimate truth and wisdom in the heart and light of God. Continue reading “Heart and Light of God that Awakens”