• Maria Alda Gomez Otero

How to find God/Love inside

Christian Reflections


Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life


Jesus of Nazareth 1 John 5:12, Bible


Reflection


This is a quote that is often interpreted as having to give yourself to Jesus to be alive in the next world. Christians believe that there is a world after this one, and all our suffering will be worth it once we get to the next world.

I have a different interpretation, and, if you may, I would like to share it with you. In my humble opinion, Jesus was an enlightened being, a person who was totally present and awake. He is a symbol of the potentiality of human beings.

This sentence refers to eternal life. For me, it does not mean that by believing that Jesus is the Son of God and embrace Christianity, we can find eternal life. I believe Muslims, Taoists, Buddhists, even atheists can find eternal life too. In my opinion, the quote means that when we believe that we could be the son of God, which is love, then we can find eternal life. It means that we can fully embrace life only when we believe in our true full potential, when we believe that we can be another Jesus, when we inhabit love more often than we inhabit fear. I believe that Jesus came to show us the way to our true potential as human beings, to show us that we can all be fully present and awake, to be “love”. Or at least start a journey towards it.



Example


For example, if you are constantly worrying about the future or regretting your past, you would probably be having many negative thoughts. If you, on top of that, criticise yourself because of it, then you will have even a heavier load. It will be hard to have the son of God in your heart. You will not be experiencing pure consciousness and awakening. You will be ruled by fear and not love, and that will stop you from reaching eternal life, which exists in the present moment. If you, however, learn to accept and respect yourself, despite your shortcomings, you are on the way of having the Son of God inside, because you will be full of love, and God is love, according to Christian teachings. Love is the key to live fully in the present moment and living in the present moment is the key to love.


Tips


How do we embrace Jesus in our life? How do we become the Son/Daughter of God/Goddess? You might ask. I collected some tips with the desire that they might help. I hope they will:

1) Notice your thoughts – pay attention to your thoughts, notice whether they are negative or positive, whether you are judging yourself or accepting who you are, including your shortcomings, whether you live in fear or in love. Try to do this exercise of noticing without any judgements. Just observe whether negative thoughts are visiting and name them, fill them with unconditional love and patience.


2) Pay attention to your body needs – To fully achieve high spiritual levels, you need to attend to material matters. The higher you wish to go, the deeper your roots need be, said a Taoist practitioner I was training with once. It is what yogis call “balancing the chakras”, what Christians name “mens sana in corpore sano” (healthy mind on a healthy body). If you wish to be more spiritual and walk the walk of previous spiritual masters attend to all your body needs: sleep, food, exercise, nature …whatever it is that your body tells you that it needs.


3) Find your own path – If you do not believe in what you are practising, you will never be authentic and happy. It is only when you seek, that you will find, says Jesus. Seek your style of spirituality. There are so many religions, philosophies, and spiritual roads to be taken. Find the one that suits you and follow it. If you cannot find any, maybe you need to create a new one, maybe you need to continue searching, who knows. Each one has its own path.


4) Meditate or Pray - If you meditate or pray daily or do any moving meditation, incl. tai chi or qigong, or mindfulness on a regular basis, you may find answers, direction, meaning. It could be a good idea to find a meditation or prayer group with whom you can explore this in a community of like-minded people.

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