The Music of The One Breath

•May 29, 2020 • Leave a Comment

But Moses said to him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!’ (Numbers 11.29)

The Christ breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit…  (John 20.22)

  I LOVE A POEM by the 14th Century Persian mystic , Hafiz, titled in English The Christ’s Breath. It is only three lines and yet it opens a door in my mind and heart. Here it is.

I am a hole in a flute

that the Christ’s breath moves through-

listen to this music.

    In the Hebrew story about Moses and the Israelites we read this morning, the young man and Joshua are thinking of Moses like he is the flute through which God’s breath flows. More than this, for them he is ‘The Flute.’ Only Moses is Prophet. Eldad and Medad then must be imposters, false prophets, and so they reasonably expect Moses to be furious and put a stop to the fake prophesying. But Moses knows he is not ‘The Flute’ but a hole in a flute, through which The One Breath moves. Moses is not jealous of the two prophets and expresses his longing that all God’s people would receive The Breath. Moses does not attract attention to himself, he points to God. The prophet is not substance like the wood of a flute, nor is he or she the beautifully or roughly crafted instrument itself. He or she is a hole – a dark space in the wood, one of four, five, six or eight perhaps, depending on the scale of the flute. The hole has no substance, yet without it, the music simply wouldn’t play.

    Today we celebrate Pentecost, the outpouring of God’s Breath for “all flesh”. Let us contemplate Hafiz’s flute and know that we are all holes in a flute, each to be played through by God’s breath. Through us the music of Christ plays, the music that opens the hearts and frees the souls of whomsoever will listen. Listen to this music.

GOD’S BREATH

•May 27, 2020 • Leave a Comment

WHAT WE PRAY in the Collect today doesn’t need to be prayed and yet it does. It is unnecessary because Christ has prayed it already for us and what Christ prays simply is. He is in the Father and the father is in him and… However, it is helpful for us to pray it still because in the praying we can begin to know what we are praying and so live the prayer/being of Christ here, now, in this life, not just in some future hope of “heaven”, which if we think about it too much just gives us philosophical headaches.

     So what are we praying? That through the Holy Spirit, which we want God to send us to make us strong, we will be exalted to wherever Christ has gone before us. What? Does that actually mean anything? Then what about the quotation from the psalm? Let God arise? And who are these enemies and haters? Oh and then Peter, the Acts, John’s Gospel? What are we praying for? What is Jesus asking for?

     We have inherited a hierarchical religion and the  English language placed on the lips of Jesus reflects it and confuses us. Jesus is not stuck inside of this religion!

     When Jesus says “Father” he speaks of the source of being, whom he knows is his, our, everything’s loving origin. The Spirit is the breath, life force, of and from the Source. We come from the Source and the Source is in us. To know this is to be awake to the kingdom (Way of Love) in us. To be awake is to “Let God arise” in us. The “enemies” are the thoughts and programmes that keep us living scared, asleep. Christ knows who Christ is and who we really are. Jesus is aware of what is real and what isn’t and he wants us to know it too. So Christ prays.

ALL IS ONE, ONE IS ALL

•May 17, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. (John 14.17)

“ON THAT DAY  (when you receive the One Breath in you) you will know that I am in my Father/Mother, and you in me, and I in you.”

Separation is something human beings have made up, imagined. Quantum Physicists have been teaching for some years now the interconnectedness of everything in the universe. If there is one thing this COVID-19 event is teaching us it is that we are all inter-reliant and inextricably related. Well something like this is at the centre of Christ’s teaching. More than that, God lives in us and we live in God. Separation is an illusion.

The Book of Genesis is a metaphor for how the illusion manifests in us. We want to know our destiny and take control of it – we want to know the mind of God. Throughout the  rest of the Bible and through all our lives, God calls us back to know and experience the truth that we are not orphaned; God is always with us. This truth, we call Christ. Jesus is the Christ because he knows the One Breath that is in him and in all being. Christ breathes the One Breath in us so that we can know it too. When early Christians were baptised, they came up out of the water to hear their name in Christ: “This is Phillip, a Christ; this is Joanna, a Christ” and so on. Christ calls us back to the Source, back to the Garden.

We are all in a situation now and we don’t know when it will end. But we can be certain that it will end. Forest fires burn out, wild winds become calm and however extreme a situation may be, it will change. Wise people are patient, whatever the circumstance, because they know this. If everything were always in perfect balance, nothing would move, all would merely hang in suspended animation. Life could not be. Humanity has been complacent. This moment is necessary. Peace will come.

 

 

March 1/Lent 1: Return to the Way

•March 7, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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DEWI DŴR (David of the Water – St David) in wild west Wales, Jesus across the Jordan and every woman, man, child of God is led and must be led by the Spirit, from time to time, into the wilderness. This is not to retreat from life or to escape the responsibilities of our calling to be church among the people. On the contrary, without this being led, this submission to the will of the Spirit, we can do nothing of any true consequence in our societies, church or anywhere else. In the wilderness we are all tested, all tempted. But the devil who tempts us is not some wicked fairy with horns, whom we might safely dismiss as not being real because science and reason tell us so. The devil who tempts us is our own programme or strategy for self-worth, importance, relevance, happiness etc. In the wilderness of intentional contemplation, we are faced with all these and more. That’s why many people avoid or give up contemplative practice. The agitation of our programmes is uncomfortable, even excruciating to our ego. Ironically, it is easier to bury ourselves in the illusion of action, illusive because the action cannot be effective if rooted in ego rather than Spirit. Be brave. Go where the Spirit leads. This is the meaning and the gift of Lent.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN

•February 12, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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A reading of the NRSV translation. Here are the chapter start timings:-

Chapter 1 – 0 minutes 1 second

Chapter 2 – 7 mins 60 secs

Chapter 3 – 11 m 50 s

Chapter 4 – 17 m 45 s

Chapter 5  – 25 m 55 s

Chapter 6 – 33 m 10 s

Chapter 7 – 45 m 55 s

Chapter 8 – 53 m 31 s

Chapter 9 – 1 hour 3 m 40 s

Chapter 10 – 1 h 10 m 32 s

Chapter 11 –  1 h 17 m 22 s

Chapter 12 – 1 h 27 m 23 s

Chapter 13 – 1 h 36 m 10 s

Chapter 14 – 1 h 43 m 0 s

Chapter 15 – 1 h 49 m 10 s

Chapter 16 – 1 h 53 m 50 s

Chapter 17 – 2 h 0 m 13 s

Chapter 18 – 2 h 7 m 45 s

Chapter 19 – 2 h 16 m 20 s

Chapter 20 – 2 h 23 m 10 s

Chapter 21 – 2 h 30 m 12 s

ADVENT REFLECTION 16: HAIL MARY

•December 26, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Didgeridoo prayer to Mary, recorded at Jean Vanier’s chapel in Trosly, France.

ADVENT RECORDING 16: LETTING GOD IN

•December 24, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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A reflection on Matthew 1. 18-25

 
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