Living in the Present
When our spirit soars it makes contact with another person’s spirit and somehow magic occurs. This magic element excites us to high energy and lofty thoughts. This magic takes place in everyday situations as well as religious ones. But in order for the event to occur, each party must be willing to believe in the other and cooperate with the spiritual elements that are present.
Doubt and skepticism keep such meeting earth-bound no matter how bright the individuals.
As we jointly focus on a thought and share harmoniously, the spiritual element ignites like an afterburner ignites and propels an object to higher speeds.
Joy and euphoria often attend events where the spirits of the attendees is unleashed.
We sometimes try to reach such a state but find someone earth-bound in the group whom we refer to as “kill joys”, “party poopers”, etc.
The Pharisees were skilled at “party-pooping”. Legalistic, skeptical, negative, angry, unbelieving, fearful and self-righteous people resist the spirit and the joy experience.
People who live in the future or the past have trouble reaching a state of spiritual joy or euphoria. The memory of a time of euphoria has some residual spiritual element which can be ignited if more than one person is recalling the past event and chooses to bring the experience into the present.
Scholars who become expert on the history of spiritual joy do not necessarily share in the experience they articulate.
Some church groups are modern day Pharisees who know how to sing about spiritual joy and measure the heighth, depth, and breadth of it, but have never felt the joy. They only live in the past and future.
To experience a spiritual joy in everyday situations requires the courage to risk seeming foolish or unwise and to venture into subject matter where “wise” people dare not tread, by living in the present.
Based on the above comments permit me to advance an assumption:
- One can be indebted to past heroes and feel inspired by their actions and still not live in the present as the people they admired had done. Great people live in the present.
- Jesus lived in the present and inspired his disciples to do likewise. The Spirit ignites their spirit into joy and euphoria as they were witnesses to Him.
- Founding fathers of nations, industry, education, science, sports, and medicine lived in the present while honoring past achievement and feeling a debt to future generations.
- One who elects to capture the spiritual joy and euphoria by living dynamically in the present must harness the past and future so as to permit the present to be his/her dwelling place.
- In releasing a spirit of joy and peace as we encounter daily events and mingles with individuals of like mind, we then “spread joy up to a maximum”.
- One should limit the amount of time spent in negative or skeptical places as you would limit the amount of time spent underwater. Keep fresh air for your spirit to breathe.