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Originally posted by Myrtales Instinct
Well, I'm not coming at this from a scholar's point of view but from experience. I mentioned Jesus' baptism by John and when you made mention of Jesus washing his disciples feet it cracked open the door of opportunity for me to discuss this. This is only one of many mysteries contained within the Gospel of John and I wouldn't mind discussing any and all of them with you or anyone else, but at the same time I realize that when a person claims direct experience, there is always going to be the possibility of unbelief, skepticism or severe critique. It's obvious I do want to talk about these experiences or I would have kept my mouth shut. I guess you could say, I'm sincerely looking for people who are having similar experiences.
Without going into too much detail - I went through a whole bunch of little experiences over the years, which ended up culminating into one huge event, and I had no idea what was happening to me. I looked to the Bible for answers and it was just a few years back, that I realized that the Gospel of John is an actual template to the mysteries we are all supposed to experience as the Messiah resurrects in us - which enables us to be a beloved disciple too just like the author of John.
As corny as it sounds, one mystery began in my foot. It felt like a small current of electricity - similar to the lightness of how a bee buzzes. This one mystery lasted over three months and later when I read John 13:7, where Jesus told Peter 'you do not realize now what I am doing but later you will understand" everything fell into place because I had done went through it. You see the reason Jesus washed their feet was to show them the "full extent of his love" and what happened at the end of that three month mystery I went through proved it to me - that's why he said "later you will understand."
Paul very nicely expresses what begins to happen next, after this wonderful union with God, through the Messiah takes place in 1 Corinthians 2. He speaks of God's secret wisdom and there is some info on it in Proverbs too.
As a side note, I searched the internet high and low to find someone who had possibly experienced what I had and found an old Eastern Orthodox Saint and poet named Simeon the New Theologian. He wrote this about a 1000 years ago:
We awaken in Christ's body
We awaken in Christ's body
as Christ awakens our bodies,
and my poor hand is Christ, He enters
my foot, and is infinitely me.
I move my hand, and wonderfully
my hand becomes Christ, becomes all of Him
(for God is indivisibly
whole, seamless in His Godhood).
I move my foot, and at once
He appears like a flash of lightning.
Do my words seem blasphemous? -- Then
open your heart to Him
and let yourself receive the one
who is opening to you so deeply.
For if we genuinely love Him,
we wake up inside Christ's body
where all our body, all over,
every most hidden part of it,
is realized in joy as Him,
and He makes us, utterly, real,
and everything that is hurt, everything
that seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
maimed, ugly, irreparably
damaged, is in Him transformed
and recognized as whole, as lovely,
and radiant in His light
he awakens as the Beloved
in every last part of our body. Simeon the New Theologian