In which I identify the four primary effects that arise from trying to live our lives in the context of pride, separated from the love of God:
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In which I discuss the toxic effects that the context of pride has on our relationships with other people on both an interpersonal and corporate level, and how the experience of abiding in Christ and drawing our lives up out of Him can introduce life where before was only death.
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This teaching examines how the need of insecure people to "cut the world down to size" in order to reduce the threat it poses to our shadows (or to convert it into something that we can 'mine' to support the shadow) has influenced the development of the field of scientific inquiry.
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A discussion of the development of superstition, religion, and magic as ways to reduce the "unknownness" of the supernatural/divine, and how thinking in these ways hinders the development of a genuine relationship with God based on love rather than power and control.
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Having discussed the ways in which the Self-Reference (i.e. The Flesh) distorts our relationships with God, the world, and one another, we now turn our attention to consider the mechanisms by which our Self-Reference constructs and maintains the Shadow, or the False Self.
Human beings are inveterate storytellers, and the Self-References hijacks this God-given faculty in order to keep itself going. In the process, thought it creates a kind of selective blindness which prevents us from looking out into the world and seeing where God is and what He is doing.
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The restless habits of the Shadow demand that we strive to understand the world in which we live so that we can seize control of it and force it into a shape that the Self-Reference can use to construct and shore up the Shadow. In this lesson we look at the impediments to understanding posed by our highly subjective contexts. We also examine the practical limits on understanding posed by the fundamental nature of the universe. We end with the question of how our obsession with the external circumstances of our lives affects the way we experience God and how it distorts our relationship with Him.
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What the experience of being Born Again actually entails, how it is appropriated (e.g. by faith) and the new, upwelling fountain of identity that it establishes within us, making us one with the nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and providing us with a substantial source of unity, sufficiency, and identity.
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Being Born Again establishes a new fountain of identity in the life of the believer, the continuous testimony of the Holy Spirit affirming that you are a child of God, and an invitation to participate in the life of God that is shared by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Choosing to draw our identities out of this testimony can deliver us from the wasteful habits of the self-life and make us an upwelling fountain of the life/love of God.
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A discussion of the impediment to abiding in Christ presented by the structure of the soul that has grown up apart from God, and how the persistent selfish, greedy habits of the soul subvert our attempts to draw our life up out of the new fountain of identity and life that the Holy Spirit establishes within us when we are born again.
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"Like everyone else, you were born into bondage. Born into a prison you can not taste, or smell, or touch.
A prison, for your mind."
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The Shadow is a brutal tyrant, and noise is the tool that it uses to keep you turned outward, effectively separated from the upwelling fountain of identity that has been opened up within you as a result of having been born again. This is an introduction to the next series of teachings which describe the spiritual uses of silence, darkness, and contemplative knowledge which can deliver you from the restless, compulsive habits of the soul and introduce you to a life that is lived up out of the live of God within you.
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Centering Prayer is a modern discipline which resurrects the ancient monastic practice of focused, intentional silence. It is imageless, and therefore takes place outside of the narrow, selfish perspective of the soul (which is to say, the flesh, or the false self). This lesson talks about the reason for it, its practical effects in the life of a believer, and the mechanics of how to engage in it.
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The Parable of the Pilgrim, a spiritual teaching by Walter Hilton in the 14th century, contains an effective discpline for establishing a habit that opposes the subconcious habits of selfishness that grow up out of the fear we feel subconsciously as a result of the Fall. The person who practices it habitally will be established in true humility (which is to say self-forgetfulness) and helped in honing their desire for God.
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The Night of the Senses is a well-understood transition between spiritual childhood and spirtual adulthood. The disciplines of silence that pull our attention away from the clamor of the world and the desires of our flesh, providing us with a clearer, purer desire for God as He is in Himself.
They culminate in an experience in which, paradoxically, it seems that God has disasppeared from our lives. It is analogous to the experience of the Hebrews in the desert, who God led into the wilderness and
"humbled, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord" DT 8:3
If we are going to grow to real maturity in Christ, we must submit to this experience of desolation, learning how to perceive God within our spirits, rather than through the artifacts of his presence (the words of the Bible, visions, emotional or intellectual encounters).
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