Unknown | 11/15/2016 |

"You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you." (Romans 8:9)

In the Genesis, it is mentioned that The Lord created the heavens and the earth. This spiritual world of heavens is parallel to the physical world belonging to the earth. We need to understand this spiritual dimension which exists beyond what we can see. The spiritual world influences and controls every person. The Bible describes some interactions between the physical and the spiritual realms.‚’ There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!"’’ (Ex 3:2,4).

We may enter this spiritual world when we live without sinning only with the help of God because no one can inhabit this physical world without being tempted to do sins. Adam and Eve lived in the spiritual world while being able to see and to communicate with God. People have different views regarding the spiritualism and the materialism. Some of them consider that the material realm opposes the spiritual space which is nonmaterial and it's impossible to have a spiritual life while living in a materialistic world. Some others accept the idea of abandoning the habitual materialistic life in the society while needing to live a spiritual life. For this purpose, they search for peace and solitude. Others think that, sometimes, the spiritual seekers are not accepted by the materialistic society.

The attitude toward religion is different being related to the philosophy of life. While having different experiences, people adopt different spiritual paths according to their thinking. The Christians pray to establish a connection with God through the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul prayed that the "eyes our hearts may be enlightened' (Eph 1:18). While living a materialistic life, the thinkers need a spiritual direction. This necessity comes from the depths of their consciousness. A Tibetan meditation teacher, Chogyam Trunpa, wrote about "deceiving ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques."

The religious and the nonreligious tolerances are two extreme attitudes which are required in order to coexist in this world of anxieties and insecurities. "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers." (2 Cor. 4:4) .All the religions teach people moral codes that influence the relationships in the communities and between the communities. These moral codes have ancient origins dating back to 3100 BCE. Judaic, Christian, and Islamic religions generated a surreal understanding of the world and 2,000 years of conflict in the Middle-East. Many sensible persons try to find their spiritual path because they understand their weaknesses and deficiencies, or maybe because they cannot solve their problems, and for sure because they are unhappy with their lives. Many people choose to take a middle way in life in order to avoid the extremes and to live in harmony. This middle way leads to Surrealism. ''The Surrealist artists sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced by psychoanalysis, the Surrealists believed the rational mind repressed the power of the imagination, weighting it down with taboos.'' André Breton defined it as being a"psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express - verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner - the actual functioning of thought." In his book, ''The Interpretation of Dreams'', Sigmund Freud analyzed the meaning of the dreams and their interconnection with the unconscious and ''his exposure of the complex and repressed inner worlds of sexuality, desire, and violence provided a theoretical basis for much of Surrealism.''

The Surrealist imagery is maybe one of the most accepted artistic methods to inhabit the spiritual space. The artists use ''their own recurring motifs arisen through their dreams or/and unconscious mind.'' I mention the bird alter ego described by Max Ernst, the ants that have been included in the work of Salvador Dalí's, and the biomorphic imagery used by Joan Miró.‚’ enlightenment is a state beyond the uncontrolled, agitated, dissatisfied mind; a state of perfect freedom, everlasting enjoyment and complete understanding of the nature of the mind.’’-Lama Thubten Yeshe The prayer is credited with antidotal effect against guilt and blame in attempting to make a specific conversation with God and to obtain the needed forgiveness in order to move forward.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said, "You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose."

Emanuel Swedenborg is the author of the book ''Heaven and Hell'', and he said - “there is a spiritual world and a natural world within each of us” – “we are in the spiritual world as well as in the natural world”.

We live between these two opposite extremes and have the freedom to respond to any heavenly or hellish influence. The way leading to the spiritual dimension is revealed through the miracles, especially those miracles which are performed by Jesus, '' you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name." (John 20:31)

Jesus revived and appeared to Thomas, who said, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." Jesus came to the apostle Thomas and said, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:25-27)

The ‚’Bible’’
‚’ The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind’’ by Lama Thubten Yeshe
‚’Spirituality and Materialism’’ by Lama Thubten Yeshe
‚’What Prayer Really Means’’ By Elizabeth Lesser
‚’The Spirit World Influences Every Human Being’’ by DAN DELZELL,
‚The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Know about Human Evolution. 2nd ed.’ by Tatersall, Ian, New York: Oxford, 2009

Ardus Publications, Sybaritic Press, Prolific Press, Silver Birch Press, HerEthics Books, and some others published the poems of Marieta Maglas in anthologies like Tanka Journal and Three Line Poetry #25 also #39 edited by Glenn Lyvers, The Aquillrelle Wall of Poetry edited by Yossi Faybish, A Divine Madness edited by John Patrick Boutilier, Near Kin edited by Marie Lecrivain, ENCHANTED - Love Poems and Abstract Art edited by Gabrielle de la Fair, Intercontinental Anthology edited by Madan Gandhi, and Nancy Drew Anthology edited by Melanie Villines.
Her poems have been also published in journals like Poeticdiversity, I Am not a Silent Poet, and Our Poetry Corner.



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