Insight into the secrets of life
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Where does self-discovery begin? With insight. The passage above says that “we all, with unveiled face”, are being transformed into the reflected image of God, but what is this veil the passage is speaking of? The veil is a mystery that covers all things of this world and shrouds it in a darkness and obscurity. It is the deepest secrets in life that are disguised by a thousand different masks that, each day, keep us from discovering what is real in our lives. The physical world we live in is a thin veil of illusion that covers the deeper reality of who we are and why we are here. Like a pie, the outer-layer is a thin crust of superficial desires and events that cover a deeper, fuller, inner-layer, that holds a sweeter truth, that lies just below the surface of all we do. The truth is cleverly hidden just out of our view, but yet, there are hints of it that are still seen in plain sight. Time and time again these clues of life have presented themselves to you in subtle ways, only they didn’t form a complete picture because you couldn’t remove the flimsy veil of disbelief that clouds your mind.
Mark 15:38 Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
When Jesus tore the veil of the temple, He wasn’t just tearing away the veil of Moses (2 Corinthians 3:7-18). He was illustrating the necessity for us to make a change in our perceptions. The tearing of the veil is an analogy for changing the way we see and understand the world around us. Much like the way the wizard was revealed from behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz, and he was found out to be only a man. The secrets of you are also revealed as no great mystery once you shed your old perceptions. The separation from us and God is removed when we learn to see ourselves as more than the selfish center-of-everything, and begin to rather see ourselves as an active and integral part-in-everything. The tearing of the curtain, from the top down, is God’s way of revealing the truth of our lives to us. But how do we tear away the veil from our own eyes, so that we can unlock a puzzle box that doesn’t seem to want to be opened? The answer is, that life is full of mysteries and the solution, to any mystery, that God doesn’t want us to discovered, will constantly pull away from you and hide itself. But a mystery that He wants you to solve, He will leave you many clues to its solution. Clearly, God has left us clues everywhere in our lives, so He must have left us with a mystery that He wants us to solve. But, like a detective, before we can solve the case of our secret-self, we need to learn to see things with different eyes.
Genesis 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Like Adam and Eve, in the garden, they ate of the fruit of a tree that gave them knowledge, and it opened their eyes in a way they hadn’t used them before. This is what most cultures call your spiritual eyes, or third eye. It means to see something clearly. It is more commonly know as our perception. Adam was not physically blind when he named the animals, nor was he closing his physical eyes shut tight when he willingly took the fruit from his helper-companion Eve, to eat. It was an eye of truth that was open, and the duality of all things was revealed to him. He could begin to see the light and dark, or the pros and cons of good and evil that were suddenly opened up to him. He began to see that his actions have consequences and that his actions also have a spiritual significance. The basic understanding of this life, is that all things work in a kind of duality. There is a physical event and a spiritual truth that mirrors it. And like most of us, Adam was spiritually blind to the truths all around him. Because the spiritual eye can only see spiritual things whereas the physical eye only sees physical things.
1 Corinthians 15:40-49 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Unfortunately, once you start to understand the truth, you also discover that there is a price for it. This is because we don’t always like the answers to the questions we ask. For every action there’s a reaction, and all actions come with resulting consequences, either good or bad. (Genesis 3:17-19).
Imagine one night, you had a dream that it was your birthday and you were really craving cake. So you baked a cake, in your dream, to satisfy that hunger. But when you woke up in the morning you discover that, in reality, you had been sleepwalking the whole time, and you actually tried to bake a cake in your sleep! Imagine the mess that you would find, now when you are awake, and the lights are on! I envision there would be flour and eggs everywhere, and batter would be dripping from the ceiling and sticking to walls. I also have the mental image of a toaster oven, covered in icing, with pencil stubs and match sticks poking out of it as makeshift candles. The mess to your once clean house would be almost unbelievable.
When we’re tired or sleeping our minds do some very silly things and we can make some equally foolish choices. But when we’re awake, we see and understand things much more clearly. The same is true in our spiritual lives. Before we become spiritually minded, we lead our physical lives with choices based on our desires at the moment. But soon as the light of reason hits your spiritual eye, we begin to see how foolish all those choices really were. And often times, we also see the consequences of those choices we made in the dark, including all the people we’ve harmed.
Luke 22:46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
Awareness doesn’t come with a luxury of being able to look away from the truth when it suits us. Your unwillingness to see something does not make it go away. It just opens us up to spiritual complications. The truth in ourselves is not always pretty to behold. And sometimes it is downright scary. But rest assured that this is all part of a plan. God is not trying to hurt you, though sometimes there’s pain involved with learning a lesson. In fact, pain is one of our greatest motivators and teachers. He really just wants to teach you a greater lesson by using the experiences of your life. Neither pain nor pleasure are of any consequence to your soul, they’re just motivators of the flesh. They are all part of His teaching tools He uses in the lessons of life. But as you spiritually grow, the more you will know. And the more you know, the more you will be held responsible for. So the brighter the light grows within you, the more you will be able to clearly see the truth in all the world around. And as someone who fully understanding the consequences of their own actions they will also be held more accountable for their them.
Luke 12:48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
Part of the meaning of life is that we need to live our life to understand it better. And to understand it we sometimes have to look deep into that mirror of truth and face our own shame. One of the first steps in tearing away the veil of disbelief, is that we need to see things as they really are. Now, as Christians, the Bible is one of the mirrors that we measure our lives by, so as our reflecting medium, it too must mirror the duality of all things spiritual. What few people today understand is that almost everything mentioned in the Bible comes with a duality in meanings. The word nudity, for example, represents our shame and flaws. To have our flaws and imperfections exposed is frightening. It is like an animal exposing their soft underbelly to another, it’s scary and dangerous and our vulnerability is often equal to our shame.
Genesis 3:10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
In your journey of self-discovery, the hardest things to do will be to face yourself. Don’t be afraid of what you will find, because fear and shame are crippling. And the fear of facing your own truth destroys countless souls each day. Because no one wants to know they’re not good enough, or not pretty enough, or not smart enough, or not as strong, or brave as they want to be. Or that they’re getting too old or too unhealthy to do things they want to do. We constantly lie to ourselves, to hide our miseries and failures. But this is the world’s measuring rod of success that you are going by. The world measures your height, weight, looks, power and wealth by superficial standards, that resemble the order of the animal kingdom, where only the best and strongest survive. God does not measure you by these same standards. In fact, none of these things are factored into your worthiness before God. He only sees the condition of your soul. Is it filled with peace, love and compassion that only comes about by humility and understanding, and does it mirror his benevolent qualities and mercies in the life you are given? You need to learn to be open to your faults and flaws, because if you don’t, they will forever continue to consume you in embarrassment and shame. Don’t worry, Jesus is not judging you as much as you are judging yourself.
John 8:15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
Don’t become discouraged or embarrassed about the things you did in the darkness of your past, before it was brought into the light. We all make mistakes, but can you learn by them and move on? Seeing life in that light of the Spirit, cast away the veil of darkness that has hindered us for so long. The duality of the word darkness, in Scriptures simply means: not knowing, and the word light means: awareness. So when your eyes were closed, you slumbered to the truth all around you, and you could not see with your spiritual eyes the secrets of your soul.
Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”
We have all been spiritually blind at more than one point in our life. In fact, most of us still close our eyes many times per day. We constantly lie to ourselves to help us make it through the day, because sometimes facing the truth is just too hard or too painful to bear. But we simply can not be happy with ourselves if we stay in the dark. This life of darkness is self-defeating and it is referred to as death in the duality of the scriptures. To be dead in the spirit is an awfully dark place to be. We need to open our eyes to the truth that we are flawed, we are shameful, we are imperfect, and we often try to take the easiest path away from a problem, rather than to face it head on. But you are a spiritual being, and as a spiritual being you’re measured and held to a higher standard of accountability, and the truth is never uncovered by more lies. So stop lying to yourself, and bravely face that mirror of truth, in the light.
Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
There are literally hundreds of choices we make each day that help perpetuate that veil of obscurity, that divides us from our true joy in life and the peace that comes from God… So, tear away the veil that blinds you and discover the true face of God. Because in the truest sense, he looks a lot like you!
1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
Wake up you spiritual sleepy heads, you have some serious soul searching to do today!
1 Thessalonians 5:5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.