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Holy Spirit Magic: All It Takes is a Minute

Updated on March 31, 2013
The Subtle and The Great No-Thing
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“Begin by being still. Quiet the outer world, so that the inner world might bring you sight.” –Neale Donald Walsh


This is a large mall in the Philippines owned by a Chinese business tycoon where they practice a minute of prayer at 12 noon. I had to stop as I got off the escalator to join the minute of prayer. My attention was caught by the items on the display rack a few feet to my right.

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On the 23rd of April 2012, long before I was told of the exciting news, I encountered the word “Reproducer” in my dream (similar to the experience of dreaming of the words, “Aspect of Time”). Little did I know what it really meant at the time until my daughter told me that she was expecting a baby! The date of conception was estimated to be around the first week of April. She told me after the 23rd, after her first having confirmed it with the doctor.

With that, the only interpretation I could give to the word “Reproducer” in the dream is a reference to the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the human person when the egg and the sperm are joined in the womb. So the dream was an announcement of the new direction my life was taking---I was about to be a grandparent.

The other night I went to bed, falling asleep with a song visiting my dream. “Like a baby sleeping cozy, cuddled in summer’s warm embrace …” Both the lyrics and the melody are originals.

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Back to the item in the mall that caught my attention while in prayer. It was a checkered, long-sleeved shirt. I thought of the shirt, “This is so me.” I have lost interest in fancy clothes for about a decade now. It was really something for me to have my attention caught by a piece of clothing. I took it to the fitting room and, finding it fit just perfect, bought it and brought it home.

Earlier, in the same mall, for some reason, I just felt drawn to visit my favorite watering hole---the bookstore, which hasn’t caught my fancy for quite some time too. I discovered to my delight that they finally have available, copies of Neale Donald Walsh’s “Conversations with God” book series. I got myself a copy of Book One and said to myself, that’s why I had an urge to go in that direction, to get a copy of a long-awaited book.

Hmm. Somehow the Holy Spirit is doing my shopping for me. I needed the shirt for my grandson’s christening. I found a long awaited book.

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After my life has taken a new direction with the birth of my first grandson, I did not have the usual quiet time to myself. There was not much time left for listening to God’s still, small voice. I know if I did not give time to cruising, or just-“loaf”ing around (which I associate with the Taoist concept of wei wu wei or doing without doing), these simple tugs or guidance to go to these places and find the much needed items would not have been possible.

On our homeward commute from the mall, as I was reading the book I just bought, an old song played over the radio. I remembered a time in the past working on “On the Wings of Love”, in dialog with the Holy Spirit. The way I interpreted the event of having chanced upon hearing the song is that it is an affirmation from the beloved Spirit,

“It is I.”

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All it takes is a minute. If we are not ready, the Holy Spirit’s messages will entirely escape us. It may be there for only a minute and if we are not alert, we would not have heard.

Readiness is practiced on a regular basis as we bring our awareness to the present moment, Now. We have seen how this can be done even by busy people in an earlier article, “Making Room for Presence: 3 Simple Tips for Busy People”. It is normal to think it to be difficult as there are only few among us who have the luxury of time. But when practiced diligently, being present to the moment develops an alertness and openness in us that makes God’s still, small voice perceptible to us.

This is not to suggest that we should make it a habit to “loaf” around. This is to propose the idea that when we make it a regular practice of being present to the moment, even amidst our busy daily routine, we develop a certain way of being in the world characterized by noise and turmoil, yet being perceptive of the subtle and ordinary. Thus when the Holy Spirit, the Great No-Thing, does speak to us, we are predisposed to notice.

All these subtle instances, the dreams, the shirt, the book, without the minute of prayer would have gone unnoticed. It’s as if the minute of prayer was the cue saying, “Attention! The Holy Spirit is guiding you in wondrous ways.” I just so happened to the minute of prayer, at the top of the escalator. Better yet if we intentionally set a minute to remind ourselves every day, to be at attention and watch out for how the universe churns out God’s blessings on our path.

With quiet time on my homeward commute, reflecting on the events over the past few days, I realize the Holy Spirit always accomplishes great things through the subtle in our lives. The magic is always there for everyone. It only takes a minute to notice and be grateful, to experience joy and delight.

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‘New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.’

- http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A1-13&version=NIV

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    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      I never said God was not available to everyone, that was eric as usual putting his words in my mouth. I said that the Holy Spirit, is only available to Christians. If one understands scripture and believes it as a Christian professes to do, they would understand that salvation is available to all. Also they would know , without me having to explain, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is only available to those who have been born again. If one does not understand , believe and receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. then they do not possess the ability to properly understand scripture because scripture says He will lead us into all truth. One is born again through and by the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. One gains ACCESS TO ALL TRUTH by the infilling and guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT. These are basic scriptural truths. Those that do not understand them need to stop trying to teach others until they stop suckling and learn to eat and properly digest meat.

      I am of Jesus only and accept NO OTHER doctrines.

      John 16:12 12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

      1 Cor 3:1 3 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?

    • Quirinus profile imageAUTHOR

      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      5 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Blessings to you too, Ellen. Your words are always simple but profound and inspiring!

    • Quirinus profile imageAUTHOR

      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      5 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for the inputs, celafoe. I appreciate your and Eric’s exchange of ideas in the sense that it provides different perspectives for approaching God. My personal belief is that the One True God is accessible or available to everybody. God cannot be God if he/she is exclusive to a select few.

    • Quirinus profile imageAUTHOR

      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      5 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thank you for the constructive criticism, Eric.

      I am of the same opinion. Indeed I am looking forward to a revision at the next possible chance.

      The technical aspect of the creation of the hub was not able to do justice to the main idea that all it takes is a minute to notice the Holy Spirit’s/God’s wondrous deeds in our lives.

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      nice job of misunderstanding and taking scripture out of context.

      Thomas was an unbeliever? how ludicrous

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Beauty is within you Celafoe. Oh yea about that giving the Spirit to non believers. Thomas comes to mind.

      The scriptures never have and never will control God. HOW could a God be limited? That is preposterous. Your understanding of scripture is so much like the pharisees of Christ's time I am amazed. Do you not see it within your words?

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      Eric--You go ahead and worship ra without me, i do not mix the Holy with the profane.

      are you telling me that God gives the Holy Spirit to unbelievers?

      And no I do not limit God in any way but the scriptures tell us what He says HE will and will not do. He limits Himself in many areas. You have to understand the Character and Nature of God to understand that.

      You really have a very limited understanding of scripture .

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Celafoe, Once again you have read scripture and used it to restrain God. I really do not think scriptures were written to keep God in place.

      But Happy Easter, let us spend our money on commercialized religious and secular stuff and celebrate. How fun is that!

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      what in the world is this rambling supposed to mean? it certainly is not scriptural. The Holy Spirit is only available to Christians that have been baptized in the Holy Spirit .

      Any other manifestation of a spirit is NOT the Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.

      1 Cor 2:14 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.

      1 Cor 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

    • EllenJent profile image

      Ellen Jent 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful.

      The Holy Spirit plants the seeds of evolution and growth, and it is within that moment, when we tend the soil of our soul, that the birth of creation is formed. In all forms, from conception to birth, from thought to fruition, from judgement to acceptance and love. The gift of the Holy Spirit fills each of us with infinite opportunities of birth and renewal if we only open and have the willingness to receive.

      Blessings

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      is there a message somewhere in this that i am missing?

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Buddy, I voted up and interesting. But I ask you to tie these random seeming thoughts together.

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