Sip the Living Waters
Sip the Living Waters! Perhaps the most powerful and transformative thing I have learned on my spiritual journey, is about Unity’s Prayer Process, which actually changed the way I see and interact with the World around me. Although I have had many amazing teachers on the topic of prayer which guided me to a certain realm of “thinking” what really blew the circuit board my ego had installed, was the conversation Jesus had with the woman at the well in Samaria. Due to the laws of his time, he wasn’t even supposed to be in Samaria and he ain’t even supposed to be talking to a woman in public! Oh my gosh! Just another very conservative law he broke!
When Jesus asked this woman for a drink of water she replied, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask me a woman of Samaria for a drink of water?” Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water…The water I will give will become in you like a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman then said, “Sir, give me this water!” The conversation continues on and then he says, “the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem… the true worshiper will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For God is spirit!”
This conversation about Living Water is found in the 4th chapter of Gospel of John, and yes it is pared down a bit. But certain words and phrases jumped out at me, so I took a deeper look at them through a lens of the Greek and Aramaic translations I have studied. All I can say is WOW! And as I shared this past Sunday, it took me into a completely different Time-Space Continuum! To boot, the phrase Living Water is mentioned just 7 times in the Bible, 4 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, all of which refer to “God as the Living Water.” The other 3 times are all spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of John. The other word, which always catches my attention when used is Spirit! In spiritual context the word “spirit,” refers to the breath of life God breathed into Adam on that first day and breathes into us in this Moment Now. So in the passage above it is actually says “God is the breathe of life” and those who worship God will Worship God with the Breath of Life and the truth of their being. This Truth as you know is Light and Energy flowing through us.
God is the Breath of Life, a Fountain of Living Water that will become like a spring of water gushing up into Eternal Life! Think about this for a moment! Do you feel the Living Water flowing through you like a fountain of life lifting you up? These are simply the words of Jesus rearranged in an order my dyslexic mind hears them. So, this “Eternal Life” thing Jesus mentioned, since he never talked or taught or promised anything about some after life experience, what is the meaning by Eternal Life? Like the word Heaven, Eternal Life is phrase that has been used since the 15th century, to refer to the afterlife, but meant something entirely different when spoken during Jesus’ lifetime. Eternal life is used in a similar fashion as the word Heaven, which means realm of Infinite Possibilities, ever-expanding potential; but Eternal Life means something a little different. I would compare it to looking at the light that a light bulb makes as the electricity flows through it, to being the light (experiencing what it might feel like) that is flowing through the light bulb. When Siddhartha Gautama sat under the Bodhi there came a point in time when he became aware of the living energy flowing in and through him and all around him. Then when he stood up and walked away, he lived from an awareness of Eternal Life.
Would you like to gain further insights into this Living Water Jesus taught about? He did share more insights about it, which are revealed in the 2 workshop I will be doing in June, so looking for more information on the Calendar and on it’s backside.
Namaste, I see this Light In You. Rev. Doc Patrick
I see the Light and Wonder of the Divine in You.
Namaste RevDoc Patrick