Christian, have you ever wondered about the mind, the brain? It is true that God gave us our brains so we could use them. But do we overuse them in order to attempt to understand Him or come to Him by our own knowledge? In Eden, God’s perfect beings were given perfection to love and enjoy. But through temptation, they chose the tree of knowledge. Forever stuck in “knowledge” now, we try to wrap our limited minds around God, the omniscient! It is an impossible task.
But it is what we have to work with. Our limited bodies, our limited minds. Good thing God is unlimited and inside of us too…His un-limited Spirit is inside us.
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you!” –1 Cor. 3:16
Now, with these bodies and minds…how do we get to that Spirit? All we “know” how to do is, well, to do. We want a plan. Give me a strategy. Show me how. I want to understand it. Where is the 5 step system, the owner’s manual with directions? Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “God is speaking, learn to listen.” Sounds like more…knowledge! How do I “learn” to listen?
The truth is we already know it, but we forgot, and our innate evil-sided knowledge from the Eden fall clouds our ability to remember it and see it. We do have to re-learn, practice, how to hear Him. So we start with what we know. The body. Soothe it. Comfort it. Take care of it as best as we can. (Yoga?!) The mind. Slow it down. Focus it. Clear out the clutter. (Meditation?!) We use the breath as a tool to draw our attention and move us through the clouds of body and mind…so we can start to touch Spirit. So we can hear Him.
People say God whispers. I would consider that God shouts! I wonder if He trumpets at us, but our minds and bodies and lives are too loud to hear His love. “I’m here! Just accept me! All I want is to love you!” C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest Christian writers of our time, wrote, “The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just the time when God can’t give it to you…Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear.”
God’s Word tells us to be still and know him.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” –Psalm 46:10
Being still comes before knowing Him. So first, we have to know, or learn, how to be still.
Yoga and meditation are a way of “doing” that can help us realize that truly there is no task that we need to perform, no doing of our own accord, no earthly knowledge that we can learn that will gain us salvation. Yoga and meditation help bring us to that place of just being what already is. God put his Spirit into us, we’ve just lost sight.
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” –Luke 17:21
Christ knew this, he was directly and firmly connected to his Father. We are connected too, it’s just that the lines have been crossed, fuzzed out, tapped by Satan, and re-wired a thousand times over. So let’s start with what we “know,” and work backward and inward. Body, brain, breath…hush, hush. Spirit is shouting!
In his book, The Rest of the Gospel, Dan Stone talks about knowing God vs. experiencing God. God’s Word tells us this comes by His grace. We “know” that. We must accept it in faith. This is knowing. By His grace we are taught, our brains hear the words and teachings, and we decide of our free will to have faith that all of this God-stuff and heaven-stuff is true. Then…the experience. Stone talks about it being different for everyone, of course, as we are different. Could yoga and meditation be a way for you to move into experiencing?
Join me for Christian Breathed Yoga. Let’s do some doing together and by His grace, move into being with the Being, toward the knowing that God’s Word instructed us toward.