Spirit: It is a real thing.
The power of the Spirit is alive and well. When I say Spirit, I’m talking about God, the Almighty, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. It is absolutely real, and there are practical ways for everyone to learn to bring God into our personal lives. If I had somewhat (privately) denied the existence of the Spirit in the past, that is no longer the case. The concept of God is a conundrum for us humans. We all come to understand the Creator through whatever religion the family we are born to. Whatever the faith we happen to be closest to, well that needs to be the one are to follow. That is the only true religion, since that’s the family we grew up in. It is only through personal experience, though, that individuals can know, with certainty that God is real.
I happened to grow up in a family that followed the Catholic faith. Once a week, my family and I would travel to the big old stone church a couple of miles away to sit in this extremely boring room filled with metal folding chairs with little fold out pads in the back for people to kneel on. Occasionally, we would have mass in the big old stone church. That was cool. The rest of the time we were directed to sit in the auditorium (the room with all the metal folding chairs). The mass was the most boring hour I would need to spend per week. I concluded that thought when I was 5 years-old and I was still concluding that thought when was 25. There had to be a better way to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.
In my adult life, I have discovered the benefits of meditation. Meditation is a completely different experience from what the West understands about understanding God (or religion). Instead of reading some passages in the Scriptures or listening to a priest or other minister talking about the benefits of people accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior, the Seeker is able to directly experience the true power of Spirit. It doesn’t just exist “up there, somewhere”, but right here where we sit. In fact, the Spirit permeates everything in the world and if we would only learn to quiet our restless minds and bodies, we would find the power of God smacking us in the face. It is right in front of us. As we are able to identify with that we call God (should the seeker willing to identify it as God or as some outer quality of spirit), we would find our minds to be opened to the nature of God in its totality. God isn’t some being that “lives” somewhere in the clouds we can only access after we pass from this earth. God (the Spirit) is the very essence of everything that we are.
I have been practicing meditation for over 20 years, but only coming to understand this now. When we find the Spirit, it becomes something tangible, something we can bring into our lives. This is a very big subject to completely write about here. I would urge anybody reading these words to find a meditation technique they find agreeable and just practice. Just sit for a few minutes at first, but make it a practice to learn to quiet the mind and the body. Yoga is a good practice to learn to control the body so that the person can learn to quiet the mind. Meditation is the word. I will definitely write more about this soon.