By Mother Clare Watts
Experiences of God can occur over a very broad range of situations and circumstances. Many people feel God’s Presence with them when they ask for God’s help or support. Many also tune into a greater Consciousness, a Source and Intelligence when they are awed by nature’s beauty and diversity. Many are profoundly struck at a birth or a death of a loved one that there is clearly more than what we see here. But could you actually have a deep and personal relationship with God in which you feel, hear and come to know God?
Mystics of all religions have always sought to discover the way into actually experiencing God, directly and personally. Though they embrace different religious teachings and practices, some mystics from every tradition have found their way into the presence and direct experience of God. They left behind poems and treatises, songs and prayers attesting to the knowledge of God that they had acquired through their mystical encounters with their Creator. Though they may call the Creator different names, all found the same Creator when they traveled to the center of their beings. And all came out with very similar experiences and testimonials to what such an encounter does to the soul who embraces it.
Finding one’s way to God always starts by addressing the level of your will and your desire to undertake this journey. It will be quite different from simply feeling awe for God while watching a beautiful sunset. This journey will require that you become willing to make it the most important element in your life. If you decide to undertake the voyage to the God-Self inside of you, you will need to set aside a significant amount of time each week and some time each day to develop the skills to enter into the spiritual world. You will need to learn to still your body, mind and emotions in order to hear the “still, small voice” from within. You will need to humble your pride and take down your greed while developing true generosity of spirit, facing how selfish you have been and deciding to learn to love with all your heart. You will need to develop a longing and yearning for a spiritual teacher to guide you, and then agree to let yourself be taught. You will need to be willing to discover that before God you are nothing, and yet you are so totally loved that you will melt while experiencing it.
If you are willing to do what it takes, it is available. We, at the Centers of Light, await with patient understanding and open arms those who want to see if this might be their way, as well as those who wish to throw themselves into the lake of consciousness,. Do not hesitate if you are feeling the call. Opportunities do not always reappear. Follow your heart, if it is nudging you to begin your Path to God. We will be there when you arrive.
About the author: Mother Clare Watts is a mystic, ordained Priest, Master Teacher, and Co-Director of the Order of Christ/Sophia. She has her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and practiced as a Jungian-trained psychotherapist. Continually drawing from her education and her experience, including 17 years as a professional midwife, Mother Clare has garnered a reputation for her clarity of vision. She lectures nationally on Mystical Christianity. She has four grown children and lives in Dolores, Colorado where she oversees the efforts to build the Sophia Peace Center.