Many mystics and theologians from Meister Eckhart, through Thomas Merton and up to Marrianne Williamson have used the analogy of our connection to God, to spirit as a spark at the center of our being.
A pure, perfect point of light in each of us that is the same spark the “anointing” or “Christos” in Jesus and other spiritual masters.
While Thomas Merton feels that that “spark” is untouchable by us, “mere humans” and is only the provenance of God, many, myself included believe that that place can be reached at any time. In fact I believe that this divine spark needs to be nurtured by our attention to it, and with that attention it, through moments of prayer and meditation it can be made to grow.
I believe that those people we consider “special;” the Jesus, or Buddha or other mystics and avatars, past, present and future are simply those folks who, through their spiritual practices, are able to “burn their lights brightly.” They are really no different than us, other than the fact that they have a constant awareness of their connection to God, the universe and to each other. And having reached that state of awareness, which those in the East may call Samādhi, and those of us with a Christian bent my call an “awareness of the Kingdom of Heaven within,” they then seek to ignite that spark in those around them. And we don’t have to have reached that pure/perfect state of consciousness yet to be a guide or inspiration for others, the calm, centered life we live is often enough.
So let us begin this week by taking a moment to feed that internal seed, that divine spark, with a few breaths and a moment of awareness.