Originally posted by RobSch5
reply to post by dominicus
So you would also recommend to participate to an eastern orthodox liturgy + communion regularly, right?
Also they encourage the Jesus Prayer as spiritual exercise but usually not a silent meditation.
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Would I recommend it? That's a tough question. When I started my Path as a Christian, I would frequent various denominations, churches, Pastors,
sometimes even go into a Catholic Church that has Beautiful architecture and just sit there and Be.
Once I got the Holy Spirit after baptism (I highly recommend a Baptism or reBaptism as this will activate the Holy Spirit), then it was put into my
heart to spend more time Surrendering, Letting go, Meditating, and spending tons of Time going within, and less time in the Church, with people,
reading the Bible.....because the whole Summary of what the NT teaches, was now a living experience in my heart, mind, and Soul.......
...then I started to see that many of the people who are running Mega Churches, who are Pastors, Priests, Theologians, etc ...themselves lack the Holy
Spirit experience. So I would actually call them out on it and ask them if they experienced the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the Ego death, and
they turned into Vipers against me, like the Pharisees and Sadducees. I literally felt what Jesus must have felt when he was rejected by the leaders
of the Churches and by his own Disciples.....
....so my Path took me to practice in Solitude, as a Hermit, Solo. The Path of Spiritual transformation in Christ, is very personal and is between you
and God. However, I always had access to various Abbott's from Monasteries with any additional questions
Community, however, is and can also be a blessing. You just might find a place of liturgy and communion that is filled with, or has members that, are
filled/indwelled with the Holy SPirit and that can easily rub off on you by being in their presence. However, that might only be found in Monasteries
and small branches/churches scattered about.
I would Highly recommend liturgy/Communion, because during this process you are learning about Christ, thinking about God, letting go of the Ego for
the sake of giving One's life toward Enlightenment/Union. However, this has to be tempered with your own personal private practice of Prayer,
meditation, Unknowing, Letting go, Surrender, an asking God to send you the Holy Spirit. Evenually, after X amount of days/weeks/months of this kind
of lifestyle, you will be saturated, like a sponge dipped in God, with the lessons, meanings, Love of Christ/God/Holy Spirit, and it will be in the
personal practice when Grace will visit you and strip you of the Ego, open the heart where Bliss pours out, Divine Love of all Beings, you literally
start to experience: "Not I, but Christ in Me."
However, also have due diligence and be observant of where you go for service and communion. Some places are ran by Church leaders who are
unenlightened, lack the Holy Spirit, and themselves are stagnant Spiritually. You can see it in the eyes of a man if he has the Spirit, because he
will lock eyes with you, he will be intense but loving, have a mystical authority, but also be submissive as a host and friend, you will be able to
tell that you are looking into the eyes of a Soul who daily experiences the Infinite Transcendence. It's unmistakable.
The stagnant Spiritually dead folks, just kind of lazily go through the motions, or ask for more tithing, or are too busy to speak with you and give
time to listen. You can tell a tree by its fruit
I would highly recommend you swing by some Monasteries and ask if they have a service for the public, become friends with the Abbott who is in charge
of the Monks, form a friendship, and ask him about the direct experiences and that you would like to share in these things and feel drawn to them.
The Monks call them "The Divine Mysteries of God revealed in you." He will tell you the same thing I told you; Meditate, pray, read the Desert
Fathers, The mystics, go within, and make Union/Enlightenment number one in your life, and it will happen to you in due time.
The fact that you are already drawn to it, means that there is memory in your soul that you were made by God, are a spark of God, and feel drawn to
return home. But the ego will tempt you away from doing so. It will say: "Forget Union, service, Monks, communion, meditation. Instead spend time
searching for more "things", distractions, porn, money, girls, wealth, illegal substances, sex, video games, hobbies..."
The Buddhist monks call it, the 10,000 things. Or 10,000 distractions that tempt the ego away from uncovering the Enlightenment that is already within
you. It's in the heart: