One’s first experiences can open one to the reality that presence partakes of, but it is also in being radically open to it that helps it continue – the breath of spirit and Spirit, coming in and going back out. If one can match their breath with that of Spirit then one has the deepest and longest lasting experience, but this makes one radically open and thus they should already have achieved the virtues and understand multivalence so as not to become confused. The way to both achieve sync with Spirit as well as to avoid dissonance is to know thyself and one’s intimate connections with her, as well, as we have seen, with the breath or spirit of God, which is love, a deeper experience than that of Spirit, one that grounds us. This is what we are after, love and knowledge together, as an ideal but also as to avoid cycling.
Somewhat related to that is the experience of the world as presence. As we have seen, it is not a presence of God in a direct way, but rather one of Spirit and her pointing to God through the things in creation. But there is also being able to see the spiritual ground on a whole, that is, understanding the Ground of Being, or God, underneath or behind, but also as, creation, what the letter to the Hebrews calls seeing the unseen through what is seen, that that which we perceive is built on what we don’t perceive. This can either be a depth understanding or it can be seeing the world one does see as a spiritual or immaterial reality and not a strictly material one. This is one of the primary experiences of awe and wonder, and can makeup the preliminal, the liminal, and the postliminal aspects of the journey or experience, something that is a constant all through the journey, but it is also the pinnacle of the journey.
The ancients were always looking for gifts or boons and powers and such things from the gods or God. But in my understanding, presence is a present, that is, the experience of God’s presence is the gift itself, that we shouldn’t be looking to gain anything from him/her except love and perhaps knowledge of that very presence or moment in which he is received. What can humanity learn from this understanding, or is there more to this? Can God’s presence, whether love or knowledge, grant us things within ourselves that were closed or foreign to us prior to such an experience?
This experience, yes, is connected to many things, most important of which is the end of all fear in one, for there is nothing left to be afraid of. But we must understand this to be grace, there is nothing we can do to earn this experience, rather God graces us with it when we are able to accept it, and even when it will give one ease of being, when it is comforting, when reality flows through us, or rather, one is graced with the realization that all is the breath of God, that all is flowing “in, and through, and to” God.
Presence liberates our minds from being concerned with oneself to being concerned with the other, whether another being or Being Itself and beyond, i.e. God. In the latter case, presence lets us transcend ourselves, our community, our world, and our local idea of God, which must be transcended if we are ever to have a new day of truth.
Charity is thus an important outcome of presence, for we come to the compassionate understanding that not everyone feels and knows it, and that we, having had experience and being now in understanding, have so much to offer to other people, whether individuals or if one has something to offer publicly. Presence is absolutely not sentimentality or devotionalism. These destroy the spirit and thus the person. Very often felt in experience is the need for purpose. Our new century has this to the utmost, the receiving of a call to heal the mistakes and errors of the past, both personally and collectively. This is the discovery of meaning, which is so important to our sensibilities today, each and all. It begins in metaphysics and the moves into the realm of ethics. If one is going to want to be open to others without being wholly open to the world, what is the point metaphysical knowledge? Because that metaphysical knowledge opens us to the truth of and need for the openness towards God and others, indeed, God in others. Once we realize it we can allow ourselves to focus primarily on people, not the world.
Presence cannot be found, felt, or intuited by withdrawing from life, only by fully engaging it. We have to meet others with an open heart and mind and allow for the process of exchange to happen, love and knowledge. Ideally one must meet those they love wholly open to the Mystery. To come upon this opportunity and choose to forsake it is to lose presence permanently.
It is also at this time that the world or creation is renewed, simply because it is understood in its truth. Cosmic or metaphysical emptiness is actually fullness. Presence is a reality; the end of the illusion of separation. It is not illusion or delusion; it is the most real thing one will ever know and experience. For most it forces us to redefine our understanding of reality, and that will not and cannot happen when one is dealing with an illusion. In fact, once experiencing this, it becomes almost easy to tell true experiences and reports from false ones. Experience is thus the first true intimation of a life wholly lived, and lived for others. It turns us around from being centered on oneself to living fully for the peace and exaltation of others.
It’s the end of all unanswered questions, the beginning of all answers. From here on in questions are answered, either within or without, as they form within, so long as one remains open. This is considered the state of knowing. Thus it’s a new beginning for oneself and for one’s view of all being, that is, spiritually and metaphysically; renewal of person and perception. Mythologically, this occurs at the time of the coronation of the king, meaning both Christ and one’s own metaphoric deification, the Christ-soul. Such cannot happen without being and the understanding of it.
Presence is not the feeling of being watched, but rather that of being always with one’s lover. True presence is always love. Presence means person; yours and other. Only person can meet another person, both ways, whether another individual or God or Spirit themselves. It implies a relationship, a mutuality. Thus along with realization of nonduality there is atonement and union of purpose or will, and thus again, purpose or empowerment, but therefore also responsibility, towards others and towards God, both thus implying responsibility for the world and others. At this time one usually discards all that is not essential in love, knowledge, and ethics, so keep everything learned from here on in very simple, as things truly are in understanding God, the universe, and man.
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