Here’s his faith testimony. See link: Confessions of a Happy Christian
Here’s his faith testimony. See link: Confessions of a Happy Christian
The so-called Toronto blessing has offered charismatic revival in the Christian church, beginning in the 1990s and continuing today. Spearheaded by Carol and John Arnott, and inspired by Randy Clark among others, a ministry evolved at the Toronto airport, which has grown and ignited enthusiasms around the world.
The leaders have promoted intimacy with the God by soaking prayer and healing by laying on of hands. Revival meetings give people space to experience the holy spirit with honesty and self-abandon.
Advocates say that they have experienced life-changing shifts through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced in Toronto: healings, restored relationships, and a renewed happiness in being alive. Pastors and priests, who have attended meetings, explain that the revival brought them out of dryness, skepticism, and weariness in the spiritual life. The holy spirit, available through the Toronto moment, gave them back their motivation and joy in the gospel.
Detractors claim that this revival movement causes hysterical symptoms, such as chaotic bursts of laughter and being “slain in the Spirit” (involving sudden falls to the ground, passing out, and a stiffening of the body). None of these behaviors is genuinely caused by the holy spirit for the holy spirit is a spirit of order and gentleness not havoc and chaos. Churches need to revive sound teaching and doctrine. The Word of God replenishes the heart. The party atmosphere at Toronto — and bold claims of spiritual awakening — add up to a superficial distraction if not to a more significant danger.
In the new age movement, similar debates arise about channeling and its benefits. Some claim that to channel entities, such as the Pleiadians (spirits from the pleiades) or wise figures from the beyond, puts them in touch with a source of joy and wisdom beyond the human intelligence. Others claim that such spirits are not trustworthy and cause distractions, difficulties, or even demon-possession to those who channel them.
In my opinion, there is nothing to be afraid of in such spiritual experiences. If one is fearful of being demon-possessed or of encountering false and deceptive spirits, then it is advisable to heed one’s fear. Trust is indispensable to the spiritual life. One may stabilize one’s trust by praying for discernment and protection from God or the Holy Spirit. God knows the heart. If one is genuine in a desire for the truth and for the source of Life itself, God will provide divine protection from harmful things and guidance toward helpful opportunities.
If the Toronto blessing is valid and beneficial, its good fruits in one’s life will be lasting. If channeling is wise, then the counsel received from a channel will resonate with authenticity and authority. The opposite is also true. One may experience few benefits from such spiritual sources. If so, they are best left alone.
In the meantime, it is also good to remember that the Holy Spirit can speak with a still and small voice or move in our lives in ordinary ways. Let’s enjoy the Spirit.
Preface: Why Consider Channeled Sources of Information about Jesus?
In this article, I present an angle on Jesus Christ offered by Abraham Hicks, the non-physical entity channeled by Esther Hicks. In doing so, I offer only a brief point of evaluation and critique, concerning whether this information is in accord with the gospel.
Naturally, some people will doubt the credibility of channeled information. How do we distinguish the holy spirit (of truth) from lies? Lies may come through a channeler. However, lies may come from seemingly accredited sources, too– for instance, in books that claim to be biblical or holy.
Others may doubt the message itself. Are there really such things as the “law of attraction,” vibrational realities, and a “vibrational escrow” as Abraham suggests? Let us consider whether these ideas have practical benefits in our lives, which are in accord with the gospel and message of Jesus Christ.
The subject matter is worth considering, I believe, for the following reasons. First of all, truth can be revealed in surprising places. The church version of Jesus is not necessarily always right and correct (and there are quite a few versions offered by churches). Ideas about Jesus that emerge from popular spirituality can shed light on who Jesus is and can be for us. Let us be receptive and open-minded as well as discerning and critical, regarding all information and sources of revelation.
Secondly, this popular spiritual movement — around Abraham (the channeled source of wisdom), has offered support for people in their quest to lead rich and valuable lives. While critiques are also valid, a philosophy or inspired utterance (even from a channeled source) is worth considering when it yields beneficial practical consequences.
The Law of Attraction and other Vibrational Matters
According to the non-physical teacher Abraham Hicks, channeled by Esther Hicks, we are all vibrational beings. Our lives, which follow a “law of attraction,” are energetic copies of our own states of consciousness or soul. We attract to ourselves experiences based on this inner blueprint. We may come to be happy and fulfilled if we move with the flow of our lives, along the path of joy and the way of least resistance. In doing so, we enter an energetic “vortex,” which allows us to manifest our own highest good with ease, including a meaningful life, good relationships, abundance, and social contribution.
Who is Jesus According to Abraham?
Abraham as channeled by Esther has some thought-provoking ideas about Jesus and how Jesus heals. Jesus, one who reached full alignment with the divine source, lived in complete vibrational flow with the highest good and desired reality. Hence, he could perform miracles and speak wisdom.
Essentially, when Jesus heals the afflictions or diseases of people, he does so by assisting them to realize the higher purposes and the joyous desires of their souls in accord with the divine source. Since his vibration is high and always loving, lower vibrations (of sickness, guilt, shame, anger, and pain) dissolve in his presence. He sees not the sickness but rather the image of God in each person. Behind the complaining, suffering person, who needs healing, there is a positive, hopeful, joyful self — as the true self of that person.
For Abraham, our highest good is contained within our “vibrational escrow,” which may be compared to a bank account that is held in custody until such time as one is ready to withdraw funds. In this vibrational account is deposited our hopes, dreams, goals, our ideals for ourselves, and the very blueprint of our destiny. When we have negative experiences in life– which cause pain and despair –our hardships serve as “contrast experiences,” which assist us to define clearly the positive experiences and desires that we would have preferred. This positive experience (desire, goal, or hope) gets deposited into our vibrational escrow account.
Jesus takes a peek into the “vibrational escrow” of each person. The Savior gives the person help in becoming a vibrational match to the highest potential therein. Wealth in the escrow account may then be cashed in, while our deposited resources are rightly utilized. Tangibly, our life improves.
Abraham explains why Jesus sometimes counsels secrecy after a miracle or healing. If somebody speaks about his or her healing after it is completed, this person may revive the negative vibration that originally made him or her sick. It is best to cloak healing in silence.
Is it True, Helpful, in Accord with the Gospel?
For instance, if we have a failed relationship, the failures can assist us to define what a successful relationship would look like. Rather than pushing against the loss, we may reach into our “vibrational escrow,” follow the flow of our desires, and bring to realization the success for which we yearn, in the form of a new relationship (or, sometimes, the healing of the failed one).
It is the role of Jesus to assist us to attune ourselves — or to become a “vibrational match” — for our destiny.
How did Jesus “attract” to himself the crucifixion? Although Abraham has not addressed that question (as far as I know), perhaps the crucifixion is the ultimate “contrast experience,” which serves to define, as a reverse image, the immeasurable good to which we may aspire when we are resurrected and in full communion with the divine source.
As I see it, this philosophy can assist us with the dynamics of prayer. While we do not always need to be positive or in a high vibration in order to pray, it is valuable to dissolve blocks to prayer (in the form of resistance and negative beliefs). We may also benefit from embracing our desires and putting them before God/Jesus, who will assist us to convert our desires into life plans that are effective for our own flourishing and the good of others.
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Here are some links to recordings where Esther Hicks talks about this philosophy and the spirituality of Jesus in that regard. Jesus is mentioned just in a few places toward the end of the recordings.
Here’s an article, summarizing research about states of mind in relation to various factors, such as longevity and bigotry. It turns out that self-proclaimed “happy” people can be more judgmental and bigoted than “sad” people. Those who experience sadness may open the heart, more easily, to compassion.
This discovery is not, obviously, an argument in favor of depression or despair. However, next time you are sad, consider the saying of Jesus: “Blessed are those who mourn,” and allow your sadness to open into compassion.
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