thank Krishnaraj Rao for another contribution to our
series of meditations.]
re-read the meditation your former pastor wrote on New
Age Characteristics. Lovely. The man really summed up
our creed very neatly. I personally believe in all the
principles that he mentioned, with only one exception:
I feel it is somehow "wrong" to seek to contact
spirits in any manner, unless maybe a spirit actually
seeks to make contact with you.
My analogy is: God gives us a car and entrusts us with
the job of becoming careful, skilful drivers. He keeps
for himself the job of traffic administration, as well
as road and vehicle maintenance. Apart from periodically
checking the oil-levels and tyre-treads, we should not
concern ourselves too closely with internal mechanisms,
because it distracts us from our main job of learning
to be good drivers!
we sincerely feel that our life is somehow out-of-sync,
and we have a bad feeling about things, the remedy is
not to try to contact our guardian angel, spirit guide,
etc., but to pray. True prayer in these moments is laying
yourself open before God, and saying, "God, look,
my life hurts. I'm not telling you what to do, just
look at my life and do whatever you deem fit. I accept
whatever you do; I always have and I always will, no
matter what." And in moments of peace, tranquility
and happiness, it's also necessary to cast a smiling
glance upwards and let him see the joy within you.
Speaking for myself, this is all the spirit-knowledge
that I need. While acknowledging that there may be angels
and sundry spirits at work, my attitude is: I'm on first-name
terms with the Boss, and I don't need to know or influence
his secretary, receptionist or factory foreman.
more thing: Prayer, as I speak of it, is not purely
an act of volition. It is that, but it's also Grace.
The Boss gives you his direct phone number, mobile number,
etc., and takes your incoming calls. That's Grace. At
times, I've known the inability to truly pray, and I
consider such "exclusion from the Inner Circle"
pure hell. On the other hand, if you find that your
line of communication with the Boss is clear, it doesn't
matter what sort of jam you're in here on earth; it's
Maybe I'm a little scared of the Boss, or maybe I love
Him too much, but I don't want to cosy up to his receptionist
or foreman. And I definitely don't want to go asking
Him for petty favors. I'll manage with the vehicle that
he's given me, and take the traffic conditions as they
John W. Sloat 2005