We like a God that can be boxed into a geography, community, or book. A God that can be defined and controlled. But faith, is taking off the blindfold and seeing that God is actually woven within every fibre of the cosmos.
Faith: Humans love deconstructing. It makes things easy to understand and identify problem areas. The inherent problem with deconstruction is that it fails to take into consideration that meaning is so often found in the whole, not the parts. You deconstruct the whole and of course the parts look meaningless, because it’s only once the painting is finished, that the brushstrokes make sense.
So much of the life of faith exists within this very reality. In its parts, it makes no sense - communion, prayer, the characteristics of God, love - all seem absolutely absurd when viewed out of context, but set properly within the whole, they become beautiful pillars of meaning.
Furthermore, what many many Christians fail to consider, is that even the life of faith, the idea of God, and Christianity as a whole, is set within a whole, that being, the entire created cosmos.
Once you see this, God moves from being a distant divine, to an inextricable glue that weaves the entire universe together. A God that doesn’t just show up to Church on the weekend to hear your songs, but moves with you throughout life, within your relationships, at your work, in the wind and sunshine when you’re outside, in your choices.
Faith allows you to see this beautiful concatenation, so that you can align your life to it. Made in the image of God, you can create this continued reality of God within everything you do. When you love, when you help people, when you choose selflessness over selfishness, you reveal God without even uttering the name. Why? Because God is in all.
Psychology and Spirituality: How do we as Christians navigate the world of mental health? Should we be open about it? Is it a reflection of our relationship with God? What role do therapists and prayer play? Dr. Peace Amadi, a psychology professor and Christian, tackles some of these questions in her new book and recent interview with Relevant Magazine.
Science: Christians have reasonably been weary of any kind of psychoactive drug intervention. Whether it's mushrooms or LSD, these powerful agents can be devastating in the wrong hand - but so can morphine and methylphenidate. In a controlled environment, under professional supervision, these substances can be unbelievably curative for PTSD, depression, and even anxiety, especially when combined with psychotherapy. Check out the article below if it interests you.
Life advice: The purpose of your memory is to provide you with wisdom moving into your future. That's why you forget trillions of gigabytes of data every single day - it's not relevant to your journey. This elucidates two salient points: firstly, memories that are painful contain wisdom, but must be carefully organised, as not to create present memories of pain. Often the reason we still feel pain from those memories is the failure to appropriately contextualise them as 'then' and 'now'. Once organised, established, and properly contextualised, even the most traumatic experiences can becomes guides to your life.
The second point, is that if you want to remember an experience, you must be wholly present enough for your memory systems to recognise this moment and worth of being remembered. You must position yourself your attention in a way that takes in as much of the present moment, so that its remember for the wonderful experience you had.