A Boy Meets the Angel Gabriel

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Angel Gabriel

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Image of Gabriel courtesy of  Higher Density Blog

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earliest depiction of Archangel Michael 525-530 CE

Here is a beautiful account of a visit by an angel, which utterly changed the life of a teenaged boy. The boy comes to identify the angel as Gabriel. (See: Clancy, Robert. Soul Cyphers: Decoding a Life of Hope and Happiness. See also link below to interview).

During a period of anguish, when Robert’s will to live had slackened, a waitress soothed his distress by suggesting that he meditate and gave him a book on the topic. While meditating in his apartment, Robert saw a light, which emanated from no natural source.  The light transformed into an angel, which then touched his forehead, whereupon Robert entered into a timeless sphere. He knew that heaven is real and God is present.

Robert describes the angel: “She had the most Divine face I’d ever seen, beyond all the paintings and books I’d come across in my life—a pure, classic beauty. She was larger than a human—approximately six-and a half to seven feet tall, adorned in a thin, white robe, a simple braided rope around her waist, a delicate tiara seated on her head, and plain sandals wrapped her feet—exactly what you’d expect, but more. I could feel only pure love radiating through my body within her presence. The whole figure was ghost-like, shimmering white, and semi-transparent—almost as if she was made of light. She exuded a nobleness that made me feel like I was in the presence of royalty.”

He describes her wings and her kiss: “The perfectly formed wings stretched out nearly four feet from each of her shoulders. I focused on the details of every feather intimately as she slowly floated forward. I was nose-to-nose with her, and I leaned back as I became slightly cross-eyed to keep focused on her beautiful face. She then greeted me with a momentary kiss before backing up. I felt a love in my heart like no other I’d ever experienced in my life when she touched me.”

After the angel touches his forehead, between the eyes, Roberts dedicates his life to a path of service. The angelic figure disappears into a point of light.

Not everybody receives visits by angels in the same manner as Robert did — through the visual senses. Angels may make their presence known by other sensations, both subtle and ordinary,  by a pervasive sense of peace and joy, or by a euphoria that expands and uplifts one’s awareness.

While angels bring messages, as Gabriel brought a message to Mary, the mother of Jesus, likewise the very encounter of somebody with an angel will change him or her.  The angel offers love and protection as well as proof that heaven is real.

Here are some resources about angels: (see Links):

Article on Jewish Angelology

Angels in Literature

Angels: Encylopaedia Article

525 CE : Early Statue of Archangel Michael

Interview Robert Clancy with Karen Swain

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Festival of Eternal Beauty (miscellaneous tributes)

On Christmas, we revere the Beloved, the Beautiful One  –

the Beloved God, adored by the the mystics:

Rabiʿa al-Basri (717–801), Muslim female mystic and poet,  composed this prayer, revered by Sufis:

Oh, my Lord, if I worship Thee from fear of Hell, burn me in Hell,

and if I worship Thee in hope of Paradise, exclude me thence,

but if I worship Thee for Thine own sake,

withhold not from me Thine Eternal Beauty

(quoted in: Images of Jesus Christ in Islam)

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And our poets: (Dante)

“Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.”

― Dante Alighieri

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Aleksandr Pushkin

To the Beauty

She’s all just harmony and wonder,
Higher than passions and the world,
She rests, with her sweet shyness, under
Her beauty’s ritual abode;
She looks around self in silence:
There’re no contenders hers, no friends,
Our beauties’ circle, pale and blend,
Fades out in her dazzling brightness.

Wherever weren’t you hurry, yet,
Even to date with your beloved,
What sense with weren’t your heart upset,
Even with song of highest sound, –
But having met her in alarm,
You suddenly shall stop, embarrassed –
In ecstasy, like one of prayers,
Feeling the holiness of charm.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, December, 2001

***see end of post for recitation in Russian

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Beauty takes the shape of Healing through Jesus:

On Jesus by Rumi

From the Masnawi (lines 298-363): by Rumi, mystical poet of Islam

(See blog post: Rumi and Jesus)

The house of Jesus was
the banquet of the followers of the heart
Oh, the suffering one! Don’t quit
his door.
From all sides people gathered
around his house
Some were blind, some lame,
and some insane.
Each morning they went to his door
So that their defects could be
healed by Jesus’ Breath
Jesus, that man of the good path,
would say his prayers
And would come out, seeing
many groups of sick and weak
people
Sitting and waiting at his door
of hope.
Jesus would say: Oh, the stricken
ones!
God has granted your needs and
cures.
The people would then walk,
with no pain and trouble,
Toward the blessings and mercy
of the Divine.
Like the camel whose chains
were lifted from their feet
The people would walk freely
and joyfully toward home.
They all were cured by the
prayers of Jesus.
And now, you, my friend!
Have you examined your own
defects?
Have you found a healthy state
of being
In the presence of the masters of
the good path?
Has your lame walking on the
spiritual path been cured?
Has your soul been free from the
sufferings and sorrows of this world?

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Beauty, which is God, shines through Christ and the beauty of soul, cherished and beloved by the lover, is contained within every human being:

“To love someone means to see them as God intended them.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

” There is in the world only one figure of absolute beauty: Christ. That infinitely lovely figure is, as a matter of course, an infinite marvel.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Letter to niece Sofia Alexandrovna)

(See Post on Dostoyevsky and Christianity)

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Look, too, at these beautiful Christmas cakes from India:

Christmas in Kerala, India —

Modern: Plum Cakes for Christmas in India

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Ancient Syriac Christians in IndiaMalabar_Christians_of_19th_century.jpg

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Russian Recitation of Pushkin Poem:

Here, at a technological school near San Francisco, a sculpture reminds us that Truth is Beauty too:

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Healing by Jesus and Reiki #2

 

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Japanese Madonna

Hello Lightworkers,

According to Mrs. Takata, who helped to disseminate Reiki healing in the United States, the founder of Reiki, Mikaomi Usui, had been a Japanese Christian schoolmaster. He developed Reiki, in the late 19th century, at the prompting of a spiritual meditation upon the healing powers of Jesus. How did Jesus heal?

Mikaomi Usui pondered, also, the healing powers manifest among Buddhists. He prayed and fasted on a mountain in Japan, Kurayama, not far from Kyoto, in order to discover the secrets of spiritual healing.  There, a mystical experience occurred on day 21 of his retreat. He saw a bright light, which remained with him. Once he descended the mountain, his healing abilities were evident. He cured himself of a toe injury and a woman at a diner of a toothache.

Some historians of the movement say that Mrs. Takata, who brought Reiki to the USA after the second world war, in a climate of American prejudice against Japanese, created a legend about Reiki’s founder, so that it would appeal to Christian pieties. In fact, Mikaomi Usui had been scrutinizing Qigong methods, when he discovered Reiki healing modalities.5437109

Whatever the origins of Reiki, some Christians gain acquaintance with spiritual healing — including the healing powers of Jesus –through Reiki. These practices enable people to heal by “laying on of hands,” a technique practiced in the Bible by the early Christians.

Is Reiki a counterfeit version of authentic Christian healing? as some Christian evangelicals claim? See: Healing by Jesus and Reiki #1 Or: are Reiki and Christian healing both benign but only superficially similar? Again, does Reiki and energy healing come close to the kind of healing performed by Jesus himself and by Christians in his name?

12a4On the history of Reiki, see: History of Reiki and On the History of Reiki
For Christians who are beneficially influenced by Reiki or practitioners themselves, see : On Reiki and Christianity and Christian Reiki

Healing by Jesus and Reiki (#1)

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Some Christians believe that the Japanese healing technique of Reiki is demonic. This judgment means (so I infer) either:

a) Demons give people the idea that something harmful (Reiki energy healing) is actually healing.

b) The use of Reiki healing methods invites demons into one’s life.

Both explanations suppose  the reality of demons, i.e. unclean or evil spirits, which cause confusion, chaos, and morally debased actions.

In the Youtube video below, please find the testimony of a former Reiki master, who meets up with a Christian evangelical group in Denmark, led by Torben Sondergaard.  (For a critical article about this leader see: Torben Sondergaard Article.)

Apart from the question of the efficacy of Reiki — which I will not evaluate, here — the video raises a serious scruple about the Christian teaching of this Danish evangelical teacher and his group, called the “Last Reformation.” The theology, underlying this critique of Reiki, is an extreme variant of a common viewpoint. If we do not accept the theological premises, we need not agree with its repudiation of Reiki healing modalities.

Case Study re: Reiki and Christian Theology

The larger theology of this evangelical group, the Last Reformation, contains some dubious premises.  The leader of this group argues, in the video below, that the Fall of Adam into sin characterizes our lives unless we accept Jesus Christ as savior and our baptism by the holy spirit. So far his theology sounds like a standard evangelical Christian teaching.

If we listen more closely, however, it emerges that the God against whom we sin in our pre-saved predicament (i.e.  before accepting Jesus) resembles a tyrannical demon himself. This part of Sondergaard’s theology seems to promote a God who condemns us to guilt and fear.

For instance, Sondergaard says that when we come before God at Judgment Day, because God’s holiness is absolute and unparalleled — (infinitely grander and vaster than any human virtue or goodness)– our every sin will sink us. No matter how much good we have done, it will be our sins not our virtues, and our evil not our goodness, that will be measured and judged.

According to Christian teaching, however– so it may be urged — God is infinitely good and wise. He or She rewards acts with the greatest mercy. Those who love God and have faith, even as small as a mustard seed, will obtain mercy. Though our sins be scarlet, he will make them as white as snow. Would a good and infinitely wise God really judge sinners in the manner of a tyrant or demonically angry Despot — as Sondergaard’s theology of intimidation suggests?

Is God Good or Vindictive? 

Is God himself a vindictive, suspicious, angry deity ? Such a characterization approximates the personality of a demon, according to  Webster’s Dictionary, whereby a demon is:

a) An evil spirit: angels and demons;

b) A source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin

The pseudo-god (advanced by this extremist theology) could be said to seek our harm, evil , distress, or ruin, insofar as anybody who fails to be baptized by the holy spirit and to recite the proper creeds will be condemned because of the slightest sin, no matter his or her goodness and righteous deeds.

If God is good, so is Reiki

It is surely lamentable that a Reiki master should fall prey to such a distorted preaching of the Christian Gospel. This kind of theology can make one suspicious of practices, like Reiki, which are either benign or innocuous in themselves.  If we reject such a theology of intimidation, however, we may grant that God, being good, will offer goodness and healing in a variety of modalities, including Reiki.

We know a tree by its fruits. If the fruit is good (healing),  so is the tree (Reiki). The one who owns the garden, the good God, is supremely good, too.

Happiness and Healing : the example of Martin Brofman (1940-2014)

A puzzle about the Gospels: how does spiritual healing actually work? Did healing take place as described in the Gospels? and if so, how does spiritual — or specifically Christian healing — apply for our own day? Occasionally, we post about healers and healing (by spiritual means), in order to probe this question.

Martin Brofman (not a Christian) was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, while he was still a young man. He decided that if he had only a small time to live anyway, he would live his remaining days in peace and freedom. He began a quest for happiness, to mold his life according to his deepest desires.

In the process, he healed himself — against all the odds — and taught others to do the same. Surely, this interconnection between happiness and healing follows from, and confirms, a spirituality of abundant life and love. That is good news.