Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review: Spiritual Power: How It Works

Spiritual Power: How It Works Spiritual Power: How It Works by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is my hero. Oddly, nothing else (beside scripture) can make me feel closer to God than his books. He's able to use words in a way that brings God's love into a clear focus that, while hard to explain, is still very powerful. And he gives me wonderful new insights. Here are a few that I gleaned from this particular book:

-Relationships that are formed in the world (like friendships, romantic relationships, family connections, or even and especially things the Internet) are a way that God can "wake up" in the world. The connections made between people, perspectives, cultures, and religions are like neurons in our brain: that interconnection is a material reflection of divine oneness that lets that oneness appear in the physical world. The Internet and things like it are the foundation or "vessel' for that awakening to occur.

-Everything in the world -- from people to nature to crowded cities to reality TV -- is part of a symbolic language that expresses God's love. To understand or "read" this language of love is to understand the divine Word that expresses itself in everything.

-The illusion of separateness is part of a divine joke. God is a playful trickster, much like Zen masters or Sufi teachers: He makes everything seem super serious until he pulls back the curtain and the light-hearted wonder of divine reality appears. Apocalypse as punchline.

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