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by Rev. Reingard Knausenberger
Each month one of these world views will be expanded.
What does this world-view direct it’s ‘view’ toward? The Greek word 'pneuma' can mean: air, breeze, wind and their movements, motivation, breath, life-giving power, spirit… Therefore, one can say that the pneumatist essentially views life itself in its manifold expressions in nature of growing and wilting, in the rhythmical exchanges of all its processes. It primarily has to do with developing functioning organs of perception for the etheric, spiritual formative life forces which underlie all living processes of nature.
Why was Simon Peter singled out and asked so intensely by the Risen Christ: "do you love me?" (Jn 21) He had been given his calling at that time when he could suddenly ‘see through’ the physical appearance of the person standing in front of him and perceive his spiritual depth: "you are the Son of the living God, you are the Christ". Then he received the new name, Peter, the rock: "On this rock I will build my church" (Mt 16). As a fisherman he knew what it meant to deal with the unpredictable and fluid nature of the elements of nature and wrestle with holding one’s balance. Peter had a spiritually awakening experience one night when a storm rocked the boat of the disciples and they suddenly saw Christ walking toward them over the water (Mt 15). Peter’s total focus of soul reached out and embraced this upright power so in balance with itself and in harmony with its surroundings. For moments his conscious ‘I’-guided will could immerse itself and unite with the life bearing spirit-soul power of the world as Christ moved with ease within the rhythms of creative forces. For moments only could Peter ‘walk on water’ through the rock solid inner ‘I am, yet not I’- activity of soul, reaching out toward the Spirit I Am. He had a deep experience of communion with the spirit in All.
The natural world, human world and spirit are a unity in constant exchange with each other. This experience is life-changing and Peter is prepared to die for it. This pneumatic experience is hardly imaginable without powers of love unfolding. This is confirmed at another time when Christ gives his followers in general a new orientation how to achieve this unity with world and spirit: ‘"ove your neighbour as yourself; love your enemy". With his intimate disciples he goes even further: "can you love me, as I love you?"
The same power which rules over the elements of nature is the same power which buds and flowers in the inner core of the human heart, giving birth in the soul to the personal and universal Spirit of Love as we learn to embrace the power of life and death in its fullness.
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