In my last few posts I’ve been focusing on the fanaticism and spiritual abuse that often lurk within our commonly accepted religious mindsets and practices. It’s a message that I felt nudged to write about since the tragic dynamic of such experiences is constantly at work the world over. Even though I personally walked away from such abuse way back in 1986 I still observe it and sense its destructive psychological effects in those in regular contact with me. Yet, thankfully there is a spiritual baby left to enjoy in the world of faith, once we’ve thrown out the putrid bath water of spiritual abuse and religious mind-control. For me that baby is communicated as the Divine Presence, known simply by Yeshua as ‘Abba’. In this and future posts I wish to delve into the psycho-spiritual truths that often lie hidden under the traditional readings of some well-known passages from both Jewish and Christian holy writings.
Today I start with an intimate ancient God song penned by a famous Jewish shepherd boy:
‘I AM that I AM’, my Shepherd
I shall not lack’
When we are connected to the ‘I AM’, both within and without, we travel on the river of Divine Being, a flow of wholeness and Union, a place of knowing that we are not alone; a place where all we need is given in its time.
‘He makes me lie down in pastures of tender grass:
He guides me beside the waters of rest’
At times Divine Love over-rides our supposed free will, orchestrating circumstances whereby we’re gently, or not so gently, made to take a break from our desire wars and lie down in a place that will feed the spirit ‘I AM’ within. Once back in touch with what’s really important we are taught to walk in ‘Spirit’, the Divine Flow that always brings a sense of ease and wholeness to our daily psycho-spiritual experience.
‘He restores my soul:
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his names sake’
Divine Presence is a healer; One who heals our wounded psyche, reintegrating our defensive sub-personalities into the wholeness of Self. As this process continues we shall begin to live as we were designed to live, in harmonious relationship with God and man. When folk observe our new way of being, they will wonder if there is a God after all.
‘Moreover, though I’m walking through the Valley of the Shadow,
I will fear no evil’
Even though I’m experiencing the darkness of depression and psychological turmoil, even to the stage of fearing my insanity and premature death, I have no need to be afraid. The perceived brokenness of my psychological disintegration is not the highest reality.
‘For You with me;
Your rod and your staff comfort me.’
In the darkness of fear’s grip I am not alone. The I AM is with me, indeed a part of me! The Voice of Wisdom will keep me walking in psychological health, the Divine Presence will give me its transcendent perspective on what my fear fuelled sub-personalities are screaming at me.
‘You continue to prepare a table for me in the midst of my adversaries’
When my Model Obstacle and Monstrous Double relationships try to pull me back into desire rivalry, you provide an alternative; a sacred space where I can commune with You, free from their aggressive gravitational pull.
‘You anoint my head with the oil;
My cup is always running over’
You pour Spirit Breath in and through my mind, giving me a clarity and authority to Be my Self. My psyche always has a fresh supply of psychic energy running through it, to enjoy for my Self and to inspire others on their Journey.
‘Only goodness and Divine Love will follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in I AM that I AM’s house to the length of my days’
I cannot get away from Divine Love nor the beneficial psycho-spiritual aspects of its compassion and acceptance. Even on the day of my last breath, the Divine Presence will be still be the same as it has always been viz present. Until then I co-habit with Spirit Breath and She with me. My healing psyche now has a live in Presence that roots me into my Divine destiny; one that extends beyond my space-time experience into the mysteries of the Divine plan.
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