Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Spiritual Events

Belief in a world of spirituality presupposes that there is more to the things and events of the world than we can see, hear, understand and can be aware of with our physical senses. The world, in this sense, is purely spiritual and is not restricted to the categories and order that we are brought up to take notice of. What was emphasized in our education about life was to pay attention to those logical categories that conform to  "measurable and verifiable" human logic - in other words, to what can be most easily communicated between people.
On the other hand, one who believes that the world is essentially spiritual realizes that what he sees, hears and experiences around him is just the outer surface of a much deeper and more truthful reality that we call G-d.  The person of faith knows that just as the skin of an orange is not the orange itself, so too our lives are not simply what conventional "wisdom" has taught us to believe. 
Let's take the example of time.  When we learned to "tell time", we learned to divide and structure our experience according to there being 60 seconds to the minute, 60 minutes to the hour, 24 hours to the day and so on.  Practically speaking, time is a convenient concept which allows us organize ourselves in order to live and work together in this physical world - yet in the world of spiritual truth, time doesn't exist at all and there isn't even a concept to describe it.  
The art of living includes knowing how to live and function well with the physical constructs of time and space as well as within the sublime "sense" of timelessness and spacelessness that constantly beckons to us. Not limited by time or space the person of faith lives in two planes which are really one. He goes about his business in this world but not in a conventional way. The practicing believer  experiences spiritual events regularly though out the day which infuse his life with great meaning and joy. 
Spiritual events are like G-d Himself - they transcend the boundaries of time and space. Spiritual events come to those who have developed the spiritual sensitivity to know that everything that they encounter in life that is good is coming from G-d.  Spiritual events transcend the simpler perceptions of the senses - they pull a person into an all encompassing ecstatic experience of the Divine.  The person may experience "visions" of the past or "premonitions" about the future as actual present events.
Let's take a simple example: continue right here...

More great reading courtesy of Breslev Israel:

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - Pain and Gain

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - Choosing a Spiritual Guide

By Rivka Levy - Five Types of Erev Rav

By Howard Morton - Show-All Society

Blessings for a great day!
Dr. Zev Ballen