When is now?
Anno Dominae (Year of Our Lord aka Christian Era) 2019
Now is always just the present moment, in whatever language.
After the Mayan Calendar has run out.
What would Jesus the Messiah think of Zen?
It might be possible to practice Christianity with a few elements of the basic awareness insights popularized in Zen. However, it would be wiser to shy away from the whole matter, lest it be a means of being seduced away from Yeshua the Messhiah.
Zen Christianity should be recognized as distinct from Zen Buddhism, but still involving Zen. Aside from the koans: what is the sound of one hand clapping? What is the sound of 2 elderly men napping? If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears it, did it make a sound?…..My own very limited insight into Zen is revealed in the following examples:
The fact that I got and left when So-n-So arrived was caused by interpersonal emotions as many had believed, but was actually simply my reaction to the draft of air coming in through the front door in relation to where I had been sitting. I realized this once at age 7 years but forgot all about the truth of until I was 47.
For many, in the beginning of awareness God is an external being. It is true that one reason the RC church so admires mother Mary is because most people first learn what love is, what right and wrong are and about God through the mother. Obviously, also with babies, mothers are both the source of one’s very flesh and of nourishment.
Fathers are not irrelevant, but they also kindle something reminiscent of the other relationship to God as external to oneself: the father is just as real but not connected the way the mother is. Also a course of one’s very flesh and protection, loving guidance and all the rest but there is almost a gulf of distance between every baby and the father when contrasted to the state of mother and baby. However, just as the distance increases between mother and child once someone is born alive; the distance to father can decrease, often for the first time since the conception.
Similarly, God can be perceived as being as external yet intimately involved as parents.
There are also people who experience initiation and revelation of God which enables people to perceive God as residing both externally but also internally. Be careful not to draw the Luciferian wrong conclusion. Having the spark of the divine within and having been made in God’s image, being able to internalize the teachings of God and all of that can all contribute to a sense of having God as indwelling.
Imbibing the Eucharist is also taking in Jesus, after the same manner that when we eat and drink what was not-us is separated into what becomes us for a while, and waste.
People who have the Holy Spirit initiation are blessed with being able to experience indwelling God along the same lines as breathing but instead of the problematic Devil in the air it’s God.
The Holy Spirit can manifest very subtly and quite the opposite. The arrival of the Holy Spirit in the book of Matthew, immediately following baptism by ‘John the Baptist’ (who was a Jew preaching repentance of sins in the wilderness), Jesus began to manifest spiritual powers: miracle works: healings, raising from the dead, cleansing lepers and casting out of demons from people suffering from possession.
The Holy Spirit is known to trigger and release healings that are 100% medically verifiable, but not explainable this year via ‘establishment medicine’. It should be noted that in the event that God’s healing methods come into understanding that will in no way detract from their efficacy nor from their reality as divine healing power.
The Holy Spirit can cause visions (private revelations), but not hallucinations; repentance, complete and spontaneous healings, and changes in awareness of a different nature.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit can just make a family dinner go more smoothly.
True to Life Anecdote
At a believer’s convention with more than 10,000 guests: one believer who has been diagnosed with a type of cancer and has only 6 weeks to live is suddenly hurled across the stage, rolls into and bumps his head against the leg of the on-stage piano. Despite the physical discomfort, when that person stands up, he is 100% cancer free. That’s the Holy Spirit.