If you haven't read Pt. I, you are about to drink cereal with no milk. I.E. you are missing something. Click on the link below to read it or at least watch the video below that leads into Pt. II.
Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, I encourage to not shut down because of hatred of "religion" or you will miss out on something tremendous. The lyrics in this song are pretty much universally powerful around the idea of "passion", "character/name", and the "divine". It is my hope that examining these lyrics and these three elements in this song, that you will be inspired to really dive deep into yourself and the divine. So let's look at the simple lyrics to the song and break it down.
There must be more than this
O breath of God, come breath within
There must be more than this
Spirit of God we wait for You
Fill us anew we pray
Fill us anew we pray
"There must be more than this". When was the last time you heard a hymn start off with this startling feeling that we all wake up or go to bed feeling? It washes over us like a wave of regret, that we've missed something. A desire for more is part of our human make-up which serves us well to keep advancing and growing. However, many people who suffer from depression feel "stuck" in this place and can't rise above it. They are not only sad but also sad about being sad and so they are left feeling unproductive fighting this inner war. Whether the question of "there must be more than this" is a fleeting feeling or a plague, there are really only two solutions a person can take.
One: remind yourself that this desire for more is part of the human experience, and use it as a prodding to set and accomplish goals to advance yourself and bless the world around you. Two: reconnect with God first before doing #1 but do #1 as needed. For example, note that the lyricist sandwiches the phrase "there must be more than this" in between a prayer. "O breath of God, come breath within". I cannot convince you (especially if you are already convinced) on how transformative #2 is and how easier it makes doing #1. I can say that the results of such prayers in my soul are so tangible for myself that I would be a fool not to pray. But, I also know others don't feel the same way and if you can live by doing #1 than please know I'm not here to argue with you. Also, the religious must be careful about dwelling on #2, praying and singing, and never doing anything.
The next lines say: "Spirit of God, we wait for you...fill us anew we pray". There is something even early spiritual mystics profess around this idea of "calling on God by name"and "waiting on God" and meditation gurus suggest about"centering" with one self and then "waiting". In either case, it is a different kind of waiting than doing nothing. It is waiting with acknowledgement. When you wait in the doctor's office, you know you are going to hear from your doctor. You know eventually that you should come out feeling better than when you walked in. At least, for the most part, right? There is a certain reverence too, that this doctor can see things you can't and may tell you things you don't necessarily "want" to hear but "need"to hear.
Again, whether you meditate to connect to your God, your higher self or the universe, in order to learn who you are (character aka. name) and where you are to go next, you must call out who you are waiting for and engage in a active waiting. This involves listening, observing and slowing yourself down. Essentially, this is where your heart abandons the notion that your conscious self "knows all" in the present moment. In sports terminology, you must be willing to admit that you need an assist. For the meditative atheist or agnostic, you are allowing your subconscious to come more forward. For the faithful, you are connecting to God and listening to the universe and allowing those powers to bring the subconscious and spirit forward. There is an added, dare I say, wonderful component of this for the Christ follower or God follower when you can call on "The Spirit of God" and know that there will be a response. This is because you know that God hears those who seek God and that is not only some trite saying believed blindly, but is experienced and refuels the believer. A communication takes place that are beyond words. There is also more resilience for this kind of practice "typically" because the believer in the divine finds far more spiritual fuel to keep going even when these "waiting" sessions don't do much. Other times, they may inspire and fuel. Sometimes that is all they are meant to do. Still, other times, it feels like you just come and knock, seek and don't necessarily find. Nothing but a moment of peace. But the true practitioner must not give up because the practice itself is part of the answer you seek (and yes, it does get easier).
The Spirit of God and connecting to it is like tapping into the wind. You will only know it like you know the wind when it comes. You don't control it and you can't hold onto it, just like you can't the wind. You just enjoy the Spirit while it is..."filling you" with new energy and hopefully revelation. This is the advantage to those that call upon the name of the Spirit of God (tap into the character of God) as well as their own name (tap into their own self).
If you don't believe in any divine being, you must use other practices of self encouragement to keep returning to a "waiting" or meditation practice. This isn't to say it can't be done. Many people do and do it a lot. I'm just saying I find it easier and more immediate with a connection to the divine. If that connection wasn't real for me, I wouldn't offer it. It truly is the only reason I've come into this practice in the first place. The only draw back for those of my persuasion is getting carried away by feelings and not truly getting deep into themselves. No light matter. We have huge numbers of religious that have the self actualization of a blow up doll but who claim the name of God.
Those of faith often miss a big piece that those who practice such waiting but are not religious grasp and wrestle with early on. Meditation gurus teach young learners how to wipe the slate clean in their mind. The Conscious minds fights with tasks to be done, worries to be had, hungers to be filled. It takes practice to "return to center" and to see these things as mere drifting clouds onto the wide empty expanse of the mind. Think of clouds like thought bubbles, responses to your senses. They are meant to tell you things so it is no easy habit to break listening. The sky cannot control or stop clouds from forming and passing by. So to with the mind, just letting the clouds pass on by, let them come in and go out and don't grab at them. This practice, balked at by my fellow Christians, is actually necessary to really connecting to the divine and in prayer. It is the act of surrender and submission to dive deep into self and God. It is, in effect, laying on the alter all that you are coming to the divine with, that would interrupt communion and communication with God. In practice, you have to recenter repeatedly. Interestingly enough, once you do connect, you no longer have to recenter. You'll love the plug-in so much that you will readily stay connected. But, even that takes practice, to really get that plug-in and feel it. Practice this holy waiting and simply calling from the hunger of your soul to God or within by name. You might not feel you know yourself that well or the divine presence you seek that well...even so, if you directly make the focus, you have a less of chance of being carried off onto other things. This practice also doesn't mean you have to do it in the dark, sitting cross legged and not moving. For me, it did at first but then it moved to walking and now I can even add music.
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