How to Have a Direct Experience of God by Father Peter Bowes

It is from my personal experience and then later observation that I reached the conclusion the Illuminati have deliberately severed humanity from its direct connection to God, and as a result those of us who have not yet found it again are quite lost as to how to handle the New Earth that is rapidly approaching. If we are told that just our belief in Jesus will save us, we are very likely to do nothing at all to try to grow spiritually. If we fail to understand the importance of loving ourselves as a divine aspect of God, we also can be lost, as we sell our souls for love from other sources that are simply unavailable to us. If   we buy into the God-exists-outside-ourselves idea, we have no real connection to life itself and to our purpose for being here, and most importantly, that our presence here is special, unique, and very important. 

This article is an old one, but is one of my favorites, because it describes how we can have a direct experience of God. ~Jean

Posted on April 22, 2011

Many people say they believe in God, but believing in God is not the same as having a direct experience of God. Direct means first-hand—not second-hand. It is not hearsay or conjecture. Direct means something happens to you. You go through something, and then you can say you have had an experience. Throughout history, belief in God has resulted in people gathering for worship in churches, mosques and temples. All over the world people still congregate based on similar beliefs about God. But how many can really say they know God?

Love and faith are the two most important qualities that make a substantial relationship with God possible. Love pulls you to the Divine Being; faith expects that something real will happen. Love connects you and God together; faith brings trust that God will respond to your hopes. Love creates the opening for something genuine to occur in relationship with God; faith reaches out beyond what is comfortable, stretching you to feel and see what you long for with your whole heart, mind and soul.

A direct experience of God requires love and faith, both of which play integral roles in preparing you to meet God. With love and faith, you let the Divine Being know you care enough so that God will come and give you God’s Self. You have to silence the mind and the emotions and develop a stillness that can wait for a response from God. With meditation and prayer, a person can clear the mind of the world and the distractions of the senses in preparation for this meeting with God. God will come when you have cleared away all the other gods in your life, and this takes work, patient, and diligent effort.

The initial phase of this preparation can be somewhat discouraging because the most dark and detrimental parts of your nature show up for review. You just can’t ask God to come into a place soiled with dirt, confusion, and negative energy, so you will have to make a clean and wholesome space before you invite God to reside in you. Often you will need a Teacher–someone who has had a direct experience of God, who can see what needs to be drawn out of you–to help you clear the space within you.

All the mystics and saints have described direct experience of God in much the same ways. Each describes experiencing the love of their life in the embrace of God’s kiss and God’s presence. No fear can exist in the presence of God since God is all love and light. God is inside you and is loving you with every ounce you are willing to receive, and this experience will move you from belief to knowing. When you come into a direct experience of the God at the center of your being, it will change you completely, and you will know a profound peace that cannot be disturbed by the confusion of the world.

Innerchange • May/June 2009 21

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  6. mike says:

    It is oxymoron to try to clean yourself up so you can invite the Creator into your life. This is found in some sects of Christianity.You and everybody else has NEVER been separate and apart from the Creator.The blog about the The Problem of Jesus Last Name by Jim Marion tells it like it is. For some people that is a hard pill to swallow I know. You keep looking for an experience with God that you won’t find outside of yourself. God dose not exists out side of you. You are the Creator having a human experience in form. We have been programmed to believe otherwise and it is a hard concept to wrap your head around but you have to get out of your head and go deep into your heart. and start living from there.where you will find unconditional Love.Seek and you will find. All I can do is point you in this direction you have to find it for yourself. You are who you call God!!!.

    • Jean says:

      Mike, I don’t think it is quite an oxymoron. We have different aspects of our being, and I think what this priest meant was that we do have to clean some things up before we can access God within. I know I had to do so, and it was painful as all get out to work through the issues I had to face. If I had not done so, I know I could not have connected to God again. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t an aspect of God and then we are. It means, I think, that we have to remember how to access that part of our being that we have shut down – for one reason or another. Many people would say it happened when we were ‘domesticated’ as children. This is a word Ruiz uses in The Four Agreements. Can you see my point here? My point, by the way, doesn’t mean that you also are not at the same time correct in what you say. That is where I think the complexity actually is. . .

      Hugs,
      ~Jean

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