This will give you encouragement, direction, and motivation. Speak to the clergy about joining a prayer group. Go to several groups until you find one that is comfortable. Listen to the meditation tape that comes with this book many times. Go to a quiet place with some paper and a pen or pencil, get into a comfortable position and play the tape.
During the tape, God will speak to you in one of three ways: 1 in words inside of your thinking; 2 in images inside of your thinking; 3 or you will not get words or images, but you will know the communication. After God knows that you are seeking Him genuinely, He decides to come and live inside of you. This is called a filling of the Holy Spirit.
God fills you with Himself. The Holy Spirit is a part of God that comforts you, directs you, and leads you along your spiritual journey. This is called conversion, and it feels like being born again. As God fills you from the inside you change. You are never the same person again. You see everything differently, trees, grass, animals, insects, clouds and particularly people. As a part of God lives inside you, everyone feels like your child. At your conversion experience you will get all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control Galatians These characteristics will be more and more like you everyday.
People will begin to see you in a different way, even friends and family members will recognize that you have changed. Your conversion could occur suddenly or gradually over time and this is up to God alone. Some people need to change slowly and some people in the blink of an eye. The Apostle Paul had his change suddenly. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. The Lord called to him in a vision, 'Ananias! In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and places his hands on him to restore his sight.
This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared on the road as you were coming here--has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength Acts Most people feel overwhelmed with love in their conversion experience like this report by Alline. Chuck Colson found profound relief when God came into his life. He describes his conversion this way: "Outside in the darkness, the iron grip I'd kept on my emotions began to relax. Tears welled up in my eyes as I groped in the darkness for the right key to start my car.
Angrily I brushed them away and started the engine. The tears spilled over and suddenly I knew I had to go back into the house and pray with Tom. I turned off the motor, got out of the car. As I did, the kitchen light went out, then the light in the dining room. Through the hall window I saw Tom stand aside as Gert started up the stairs ahead of him. Now the hall was in darkness. It was too late. I stood for a moment staring at the darkened house, only one light burning now in an upstairs bedroom.
Why hadn't I prayed when He gave me the chance? I wanted to so badly.
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Now I was alone, really alone. There were no streetlights, no moonlight. The car headlights were flooding illumination before my eyes, but I was crying so hard it was like trying to swim underwater. I pulled to the side of the road not more than a hundred yards from the entrance to Tom's driveway, the tires sinking into soft mounds of pine needles.
With my face cupped in my hands, head leaning forward against the wheel, I forgot about machismo, about pretenses, about fears of being weak. And as I did, I began to experience a wonderful feeling of being released. Then came the strange sensation that water was not only running down my cheeks, but surging through my whole body as well, cleansing and cooling as it went. They weren't tears of sadness and remorse, nor of joy--but somehow, tears of relief. I'm not much the way I am now, but somehow I want to give myself to you.
My mind told me it was important to find that out first, to be sure that I knew what I was doing, that I meant it and would stay with it. Only, that night, something inside me was urging me to surrender--to what or to whom I did not know. Yet for the first time in my life I was not alone at all" Colson p. Carl Jung found this experience a powerful healing. It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has been really healed who did not regain his religious outlook" Jung , p Illumination occurs when God educates you about who He is and about who you are.
You can't learn about God without learning about yourself. Illumination is life changing because by now you will want to be more like God.
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Underhill in Mysticism defines three characteristics of illumination: a joyous appreciation of the presence of God, a clearer view of reality, and a heightened energy state. Let God tell you about Himself. Ask Him all the questions you have wondered about. Remember that you are talking to the one being who has all of the information in the universe. You are not capable of understanding everything. Some things are too complicated. God asked you to love yourself, others and God all the time.
God knows that this is the only way to happiness, joy and peace. But as we go through life, we pick up bad habits that make us miserable.
We lie, gossip, eat too much, drink too much, treat our mother or father disrespectfully, etc. As you draw closer to God, you will want to leave more and more of this sin behind. You will want to purify yourself so you can move closer to God, and become more like God. God becomes the example you want to follow. In purification you become aware of the sin that keeps you away from God. The more you purge yourself of these behaviors, the closer you get to God.
Sin by sin, problem by problem, you remove the things that stand in the way of your connection. There is no room for pride here. You will feel humble before God, but you will not feel bad about yourself.
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God will correct you without you feeling as though something is wrong with you. Everybody makes mistakes, that is a part of life. When other people criticize us, we can feel worthless and bad. This will not happen with God.
hu1.do.iwebcloud.co.uk/understanding-childrens-emotions.php God forgives your sin and gives you another chance. Many mystics carried purification to the extreme.
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They abhorred all desires of the flesh, refused to smell a flower, wore rocks in their shoes, gave away their possessions, ate garbage, did what they hated, refused to do what they wanted.