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October 26, 2013

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SORROW (section) by L Thiel

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L Thiel: Yesterday, I had a discussion with another Spiritual Artist and we both agreed that the parishes need growth in the understanding and use of Spiritual Art that is different from the art used in liturgical practices. This is not saying that the traditional is no longer useful; it’s saying that windows need to open that these might see  within the understanding of Prophesy: God and man ongoing. God changes with Humanity; therefore, it is of purpose that we be open that God might evolve.

 

L Thiel: It’s interesting that you mention Church in reference to my comments. I understand CHURCH to be the manifestation of Self within the greater frame of workmanship in God Purpose. Church is a What while we are vessels of Humanity, at least we should be striving to be vessels of Humanity. If you can imagine a beehive, you see the What, which contains both gifts and life. The domesticated western and eastern honey bees in the wooden structures  found in apiaries might be a good example of the religious church, which includes the various parishes. These struggle to represent on earth the God they understand in heaven. These are to be evolving as God evolves. Since the Spirit is not stagnant, as a hive is not stagnant, these need constant renewing. These also need special care, and should beware of that which is contrary to its vitality in Essence, as well as to be conscious of its Energy. If, for instance, a bee feeds on infected flowers, what does it bring back to the hive? This returns us to the Spirit Arts.

The Spirit Arts are more than just ikons, paintings, sculptures, mosaics, carvings, embroideries, tapestries and the like. Spirit Arts encompass a multitude of gifts, and these also include the visions and usage of the mystics, seers and prophets. Writings, too, are of Spirit Art, for how could these not be? But disease can infect the hive if there is either a denial of these gifts, and what they bring forth for distribution and growth, or a misunderstanding/misinterpretation of these. If one is in charge of a hive, or even one apiary, and he dismisses the Mystic, or the Prophet, or relies solely on a seer, mystic or one with prophetic gifts who is bound by this same restriction or misunderstanding, how will the messenger sent to check the vineyard find [its] purpose? In other words, where does the carrier of the gospel find his work? Believers have the mindset that these messengers are to be out among the secularists, witnessing. It says in Romans that God is not a respecter of persons, which tells me that one setting may not be different than another in terms of the call to witness. If a believer has been imprisoned in a dungeon, having never set foot in a parish, but scratches on the walls of his cell those visions the Spirit has gifted him, does he not have as equal a call to witness as the one who attends mass regularly?

Let’s look at the Book of James, chapter 3 … For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Who is wise and understanding among you? In Chapter 4 … Where do wars and fights come from among you? You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it all on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously …

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

So, this takes us back to earlier essays on SPIR: Who are you in CHURCH? Where are you in God Placement? Have your own Spirit gifts been dismissed? Have you been misunderstood and misinterpreted? Who might you go to for truth on the Word of God within the Community of Saints? Who is wisest among you that he/she might lead steadfast for the salvation of Humanity? These are fair and injurious questions. I heard a jazz musician say (which I included in an earlier essay if it sounds familiar) … Just because there is activity does not mean there is growth. This is a profound and nearly agonizing statement if looking at the parish or religious church community. This tells us that a large, busy congregation is not necessarily a ripe, and Spirit-fueled one. The jail cell may have greater promise, for the Art born from vision might very likely be a testament of one’s Faith once the imprisoned believer passes. The one(s) to follow him may come into an awareness of God that no cathedral could witness with all its numbers, because its Spirit gift has been dismissed by one or two in a position of government, whereas the believer physically restrained is not necessarily the believer spiritually restrained.

 

L Thiel:

RE: While I agree and am entirely open to that description of Church as something individualistic  and internalized, I was, in this, referencing a liturgical expression.

I, too, was referring to CHURCH as liturgical, but within the framework of the Spirit Community–the Angelic messenger. Although this may be thought of as an individual journey of sorts, it is not really that at all. Those belonging and adhering to strict religious settings often confuse the nonreligious, or those not adhering to set religious doctrines as non-liturgical, when many are in fact very liturgical in Spirit understanding and practice. Where two or more are gathered in My name, there I will be also (Matthew 18.20). As I have said before, Spirit Community is hierarchal, and does have the Eucharistic Presence of Service and Servitude. How could it not? Prayer can be liturgical without parishes and pews, vocational priests and deacons. What we need to do is move away from that which divides us, and move toward that which unites, and this would be as Angel James says in the Book: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Now, again, this does not mean I am anti religion. I may sometimes be used to stir here on SPIR rather than inspire, but as I said recently to a dear priest friend … It is sometimes better to stir the kettle rather than to let it boil over. What may be surprising to some of our followers, my work has much to do with the inception of Spirit Art within those religious apiaries. The time has come for intervention, of a nature unfolding.

 

Peace and Love

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