Spiritual Gifts, Gifts of the Spirit, Siddhis, powers

Top 5 Spiritual Gifts

What are the Top 5 Spiritual Gifts?

Spiritual gifts, also called charism, charisms, or charismata in Greek are considered non-physical characteristics and abilities given by God, Spirit, or the Source energy of the universe. Most spiritual gifts are written about in Christianity, but there are other religions which also write about these Divine rewards.

The Top 5 to be the best (I believe) include:

  1. Peace (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual
  2. Intuition (unlimited access to Divine knowledge)
  3. Bliss (transcendence of all thought and emotion)
  4. Self-Realization (partial enlightenment)
  5. God-Realization (full enlightenment)

These top 5 are very similar to Buddhism’s and Hinduism’s (yoga’s) versions. I have experienced that the attainment of intuition leads to easier gain of other spiritual gifts because of the pure and unbridled access to one’s pure connection to the Divine through the soul. Let’s start by looking at the top 5 religions and their take on spiritual gifts.

Judaism

Judaism is an obvious first because 5 books of the old testament – Judges, Exodus, I Chronicle, I Samuel, and Isaiah – are about Jewish history. Isaiah himself who was a Jew, proclaimed the “7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” (as used in Catholicism). [Isaiah 11:1-2]

These are:

  • Wisdom, Understanding
  • Counsel, Fortitude (strength)
  • Knowledge, Fear of the Lord
  • Piety

[However, a 7th gift “piety,” isn’t included in the original verses from Isaiah, but I suspect is associated with the obedience the other 6 gifts. This is because piety represents “holiness” or devout religious observances.]

Hinduism

Also, Hinduism and yogic practice, talk about siddhis or paranormal powers earned through practicing meditation and the 8 limbs of yoga. There are 44 of them in total described by Patanjali and they are completely explained in my third ebook, in Chapter 17: A Siddhi Summary: Your Guide to Scientific Self-Realization: Part III: The Summit

Buddhism

Buddhism also speaks about spiritual gifts. The Buddha teaches us to renounce attachment to material possessions. Quoting the Buddha we see,

“Ye are my offspring, born from my mouth [are] spiritually born, created by the Law [are] spiritual heirs, [none are] material heirs.”

“There are these two kinds of gifts, O monks, namely material and spiritual distribution, and of these two, O monks, the higher is latter.”

Further on we see that one who follows the Law (Dhamma/Dharma), has faith in the law, and has faith in The Buddha (Christ in Buddhism, the foremost):

“… for those with faith in the foremost, the result with be foremost”

This “result” is the blessing of spiritual gifts or powers allowing the individual to perform acts of the Divine.

Which… results in:

  • Merit that accrues because of faith: life, beauty, fame, reputation, happiness, and strength
  • Peace of Detachment
  • Bliss
  • Wisdom

Also, by fighting against the 8 pairs of mental impurities:

  1. Greed and Hate
  2. Anger and Grudge
  3. Scorn and Spite
  4. Envy and Stinginess
  5. Deceit and Fraud
  6. Obstinacy and Impetuosity
  7. Conceit and Arrogance
  8. Pride and Helplessness

AND succeeding past these mental obstacles, by the middle way (the noble eightfold path), one will achieve the spiritual gifts of:

  • Vision (ambition)
  • Knowledge (intelligence)
  • Peace (stillness)
  • Direct Knowledge (willful intuition)
  • Awakening (partial kundalini activation)
  • Nirvana (full kundalini activation, enlightenment, self-realization, and eventually God-realization)

Christianity

In modern times, when someone says, “spiritual gifts,” the Christian Bible is often thought of and quoted from.

In Catholicism, there are 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit.

  • Wisdom (sapientia)
  • Understanding (intellectus)
  • Counsel (consilium)
  • Fortitude (fortitudo)
  • Knowledge (scientia)
  • Piety (pietas)
  • Fear of the Lord (timor Domini)

In the Christian Bible, 25 are named!

  1. Administration (1 Cor. 12:28)
  2. Apostle (Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28)
  3. Celibacy (1 Cor. 7:7,8)
  4. Discernment (1 Cor. 12:10)
  5. Evangelism (Eph. 4:11)
  6. Exhortation (Rom. 12:8)
  7. Faith (1 Cor. 12:8-10)
  8. Giving (Rom. 12:8)
  9. Healings (1 Cor. 12:9,28,30)
  10. Helps (1 Cor. 12:28)
  11. Hospitality (1 Pet. 4:9,10)
  12. Knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8)
  13. Leadership (Rom. 12:8)
  14. Martyrdom (1 Cor. 13:3)
  15. Mercy (Rom. 12:8)
  16. Miracles (1 Cor. 12:10,28)
  17. Missionary (Eph. 3:6-8)
  18. Pastor (Eph. 4:11)
  19. Prophecy (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:10; Eph. 4:11)
  20. Service (Rom. 12:7)
  21. Teaching (Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11)
  22. Tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:27-28)
  23. Interpretations of Tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:27, 28)
  24. Voluntary Poverty (1 Cor. 13:3)
  25. Wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8)

Honestly, many of the gifts of the Christian bible described can be commonly mastered, but only a few of them are rare gifts only achieved alone without the Divine bestowing it. These include:

  • Celibacy – very few people on this planet are born without the base desire for sex. It can be suppressed, but never truly lost. A great yogic master named Sri Yukteswar, when asked by a disciple, “when does the sexual desire disappear,” Sri Yukteswar responds with, “When your dead.” This just goes to show that celibacy, when divinely given, requires no forced or practiced suppression.
  • Healings – this refers to the ability to heal thoroughly and completely without the use of a substance or device
  • Martyrdom – anyone can sacrifice themselves for a cause, but only a truly enlightened master or saint can sacrifice themselves and live!
  • Miracles – this the general ability to create acts of God through healings, martyrdom, prophecy, and speaking/interpretation of tongues.
  • Prophecy – to predict the past, present, or future with incredible accuracy and precision requires a gift at birth or during an awakening experience.
  • Tongues – speaking in tongues, I think, is somewhat confusing because it is often betrayed as pentacostal people speaking gibberish. In reality, these gifts are seen at a very young age by children who can speak multiple languages at will and with no prior training or background.
  • Interpretation of Tongues – this is just the interpretation of tongues, which goes along with the above spiritual gift.  If you can speak the language, then you should be able to understand it. 😉

Islam

It is curious that Islam, being one of the 5 major world religions, AND being Abrahamic in origin, does NOT believe that any spiritual gifts can bestowed to human beings. Actually, the only miracle ever performed was by the Prophet Muhammad, when he brought forth the Islamic bible, the Quran. It is said in the Quran:

“Signs are only with Allah.” ~ Sura 6:109-110

The Muslims do believe that Jesus Christ may have been involved in healings and miracles, but ultimately Allah (God) was the real source of the power. This, I believe to be true, but I also believe that human beings, once unified in God (Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Source, whatever you call it) become God-realized and do achieve true power to enact God’s will. Some in Islam also believe that many miracles in the Old Testament are suspect along with anything performed by the Apostles or other followers of Jesus during the time of the New Testament. This is lamentable because there are MANY examples of saints from Hinduism (recent practitioners of yoga in the last 50 years), Christianity, and fakirs (religious ascetic) in Islam who have been recorded to perform miracles of all kinds. There is even a published book about a catholic woman from the 1950s named, Therese Neumann, who manifested the stigmata, developed the wounds of Christ, bleeding from multiple places on her body for days and years on end, only eating one Catholic wafer every Thursday! It is documented in the book with colored pictures and signed statements from other bishops and cardinals attempting to prove that her existence was falsified. I’m just sayin’… 🙂

Sources:

Buddhism: M 3/1:12-16, Dhammadayada Sutta
Catholicism (7 Gifts): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit
Islamhttp://apologetica.us/2007/04/11/comparing-islam-and-christianity-5-miracles-and-spiritual-gifts/ – this source is biased and slanted towards Christianity and does represent this author’s personal views, however it brings up some interesting points.

 

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Stream of Consciousness

It is in the wee hours of the morning. What can one do?

These are the questions I ask my Self often.  I suspect these are questions asked by those who try to follow the will of the universe without fail. This, at least for me, is to be in the perfect flow of the stream.

The flow of the stream never wavers. Its perfect rate is always ticking like a universal grandfather clock, chiming the minutes, until the next hour arrives – showing the next destined path to arrive.  The simple moments we have in life are like the minutes and the hours are the special events that occur seeming to traverse time and space, providing real substance to our momentary existence.

I don’t mean to be morbid. Really. In fact, our existence is eternal.

  • Some believe we die and that’s it.
  • Some believe we die, that’s it, but then we will be raised to a “paradise earth” where the eternal savior will send us into endless love or damnation.
  • Some believe we die, that’s it, and then our soul goes on to either endless love or damnation determined by God or the eternal savior
  • Some believe that we die, then we go on. We are given a new view of reality. Our “momentary” existence in the physical body, really becomes a perfect union in spiritual universal body. We become the stream of consciousness that we had been trying to follow while encased in physical disease, emotional trauma, mental disaster, and spiritual ignorance. Of course sometimes the encasement allows one to develop physical balance, emotional stability, mental strength, and spiritual enlightenment.

OM AUM Symbol

You are reading this post in the here and now. All of your bodies are perceiving this post. It is a part of the stream. If your vibration was in perfect sync with the stream, then you would endless be in its perfection to the point where you and the stream would become one flesh. When you go beyond the stream and realize that you have created that stream all along, then real transcendence will occur, allowing you to realize that all your past joys and sorrows were really manifested by you and you alone – you as participant and You as Creator.

This seems to be the goal of my own life. Is to be the stream and not the stream. To understand that the stream is here to serve and here to teach us lessons about our own vibratory existence. Sometimes we go riding off into the woods away from the stream and get lost in the thicket. Getting scraped up and bloodied by thorns, we believe that the Universe (God) is out to get us and that everything always goes “wrong” for us. But in reality, we were the ones who strayed to far from the perfect flow of the stream.

There is another stream that exists and is described in Esther and Jerry Hicks’ book, “The Law of Attraction.”  The flow described in this blog post is the same stream. (So that there is no confusion.)  However, it was re-membered that the stream is the part to know, BUT… to go beyond the stream is possible.  It can only be understood as rising about the stream.  Yes, that is what I said, “about” the stream. You would thing that “above” the stream might be a better descriptor, but in reality there is no physical direction that can describe accurately and directionally where one might be physically in relation to the stream. In fact, it is more a feeling. The feeling is this:


Shoot N’ Design

  • a vast ocean
  • as far as blue as the eye can see
  • a very slight movement to its waters
  • at the horizon
  • a pinkish hued sunrise breaks over endless water
  • the air is clear
  • no sound excepting the tinkling of water rubbing against water
  • you feel light, lifted, weightless, airy
  • the heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakra are hollowed allowing a vibration of lightness and peace to pass through into nothing
  • You act and you don’t act
  • There are tasks and no tasks
  • What is done, is already done, and nothing really ever changes
  • And then at very deepest and highest point of this, the realization dawns that you, are changeless

Before (in blog posts before) I described bliss as being transcendent and it is just that. However, transcendence is also this feeling that is received from being “about” the stream.

Well, that’s it. That is what I have come here to say. If there are some spelling mistakes or massive grammatical errors, I apologize. My beautiful and angelic wife wasn’t here to proofread my ramblings. 😛

 

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