In my old Charismatic days, everything was a fight. Although God was on our side there was an almost equally opponent in the shape of the Christian take on the Satan, one who opposed our every turn. Now it proved to be a real roller-coaster type of way to live life. All the good stuff came from Father, Son and Spirit while all the nasty stuff came from the dark Enemy. We could live in blessing as long as we kept our wits about us and keep up our guard against a wily and bad natured Foe.
Of course this chess-like take on one’s space-time existence was exhausting, very exhausting! And of course to live on the battlefield of life warranted the back-up of fellow brothers and sisters in arms, viz. a bunch of dedicated warriors known as a good church. On our own we’d more than likely get clobbered by the dastardly one, in a fire-brand fellowship of Charismatic believers the opposition didn’t stand a chance, particularly if we prayed, fasted and tithed as was the good Lord commanded.
Of course it didn’t really work out. For many brothers and sisters fell off the rails in many and various ways. Yet, there always was an answer, albeit an ever diminishing one, to the comrades falling at our side. The Devil was a powerful foe, a roaring lion seeking those whom he desired! Stoicism reigned within the good band of brothers and sisters, heavily disguised as Christian discipline and commitment.
Is it any wonder many of us moved on to agnosticism or indeed atheism after such collateral damage? Spouses, kids, health and dare I say it, mental health were all casualties of our heady religious zeal. So as you may guess, I’m no longer a great fan of fundamentalist dualism and its permanent war footing. As the walking wounded leave by the back door, many new young recruits pile in through the front door willing to lay down their lives for Jesus. Sadly, they probably will, though not in the manner suggested by the Nazarene. So, am I just a disillusioned sceptic of sceptics? Well, no! I’d better explain.
Today I’m a believer in the supremacy and all-encompassing reach of Divine Love? How come? Well, I’m not really sure except to say that I suspect Spirit Source has had something to do with it. Re-encountering Presence back in 2004 proved to be the power-wash that cleared out the last vestiges of my old thinking. Today, I’m a flow man rather than a Charismatic guerrila fighter.
I see the Satan of Christianity as the energised desire matrix that locks us into inter-personal rivalry and violence. A much more subtle foe than the devil I used to tackle in my zealous youth. A product of ego attachment, this Satan is defeated, not by resisting but by disengagement. The darkness of our fascinations with other is only dispelled as we bask in the Light. Such a Satan hates to be ignored, one reason that it so easily operates within religious systems that hold it in a paranoid reverence. When it’s observed for what it truly is and set aside for the all-pervasive Ocean of Divine Love, it wilts and dies. Only ego in its fear-fuelled flights of fancy can reactivate and energise our expelled foe. The creative power of Divine Love is all there is. No other.
So how come evil appears to stalk the Earth, within the Cosmic Dome of Divine Reality? A big question and one that has baffled minds greater than mine for past millennia. May I humbly put forward a wee hypothesis. Divine Love has granted a measure of its creative power to the human psyche-soul. It’s the artist who paints our perceived space-time reality. When fractured and wounded in its ego form, this power is not withheld, but allowed to run riot until we come to our senses and return to Ultimate Reality. No matter how much human ego and its Satanic network of desire fights its corner, it is destined to ultimately fall and fail. All things in heaven and on earth will eventually bow the knee to Source, the One from whom they’ve come. All power will be handed back to the Tao/Logos the personified governing principle of Reality. As a river returns to Ocean so all will flow Homewards.
So, as light and darkness appear to come our way in 2015, let’s get some Divine perspective. Both are part of the River that carries us into the heart of Love. The sooner we realise this the less darkness will manifest in our daily lives. At the first hint of psycho-spiritual dusk, lets ask ourselves why ego is reactivating its gloomy creative process. Returning to Core Self, our inner spark from the Divine Fire, will restore peace in both our inner and outer worlds as we walk on the waters of trust.
Once we catch sight of this ageless truth, the stresses of permanent struggle disappear like the morning mist. Light will usher in its peace, and you will follow in the steps of the Nazarene into the realm known as the Divine Kingdom-Queendom.