Monday, March 23, 2009

Holy Spirit Power: 4WL

Today's Gospel Reading

"When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death."

The study and reflection on the reality of intention in our lives done by Dr. Dyer (see yesterday's reflection), is an avenue toward developing an unusual manner of knowing more about our Creator God and his power in our lives. As noted yesterday, Jesus' mission, as we call hi purpose on earth, his sole intention was to do the will of his Father. Call anyone of his actions a healing, a curing, a giving, a teaching -- whatever he did was an expression of his fulfilling his mission. Perhaps his entire human experience among those who came to know him can be described or viewed as a "never give up" life to do his Father's will.

One man who entire body of writing might pose some difficulties to us and our belief system did write two sentence that an hep us open up a deeper understanding of the mystery of God. These two sentences can help us grow in our relationship to the power of the Holy Spirit within our daily experience of living, in our "making a connection to divine intelligence and genuine possibilities," as Dyer wrote. The two sentences are taken from The Active Side of Infinity, a work of Carlos Castaneda: "Intent is a force that exists in the universe. When sorcerers (those who live in the Source [here understand God] beckon intent, it comes to them and sets up a path for attainment, which means that sorcerers always accomplish what they set out to do."

Can we not say that when we pray to God and express our "intentions" are we not calling upon what we have come to believe as God's power to help us achieve what we would like to accomplish or see fulfilled? Was this not the experience of the "royal official" in today's gospel reading? Was not the intention of the dying son's Dad to do what he could, to beckon a power beyond himself to cure his son? Isn't the action of the pain-filled heart and mind of a loving father an expression of the power of his intention coming to fulfillment? Consider all those actions where people cane to Jesus for healing or help. Each of them was empowered by an intention seemingly beyond themselves. Each was driven to achieve a goal -- usually for another person. Their individual will power was insufficient. None of those who came to Jesus had been able to accomplish the healing they saw needed in another's life. But the intention was to seek a cure. They were reaching out to and with the power of intention. Some 20 centuries ago, Patanjali --[(fl. 150 BCE[1] or 2nd c. BCE[2][3]) is the compiler of the Yoga Sutras, an important collection of aphorisms on Yoga practice, and also the author of the Mahābhāṣya, a major commentary on Panini's Ashtadhyayi]-- wrote these words: "Dormant forces, faculties, and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." He saw that there was a grace, a power far greater than ourselves that lay dormant within us. It is that grace, that power of the Holy Spirit, that power of intention, that inspires us.