A Sucking Pit….Structures That Can Become Erected While Reading…

Not All Reading Is Fully Beneficial

The first time I felt it, was from reading the novel The Count of Monte Cristo. The last time I felt it, was in the loss of a dear friendship to me.

I don’t know if there are times when books or friendships bring to us that feeling of a structure that can create a black hole that sucks life from us, but I can say that when I read books as a very emotionally-sensitive person, I feel them intensely, for better or worse.

I read and can see each scene, and each plot device, and resonate with each similie, metaphor, allusion, and turn of phrase.

I think there are certain books that are designed, especially if the author in question has been given a gift with words by God, and an anointing for wordsmithing, which are designed to draw us in and leave us with something, a treasure or an antitreasure, if you will, if we let them affect us.

For those of us who are emotionally sensitive, we experience books in a different way, and as a result, we may have to read books through a filter in order to prevent negative structures from becoming erected by the assaults of the critters, especially of authors whose flow is defiled.

For example, those of you who know William Butler Yeats, might know that he practiced automatic writing, and had a way with words, and as a result, he was completely tied up with powers that were not of the kingdom.

Life-Giving Writings

Lewis and Tolkien, conversely, had streams that were plugged into the Lord as their source, and, as a result, for those who read his material, we see principles throughout that are not accompanied by defilement. Conversely, it is like a white hole manifesting when I read these. Especially when the relationships are lifegiving and mutually beneficial rather than sucking and depleting.

For example, the discovery of the White Sapling in The Return of the King shewed forth the life-giving relationship between Mithrandir and Aragorn II Elessar, the King of Gondor. Further, Aragorn fulfilled the known legend in Gondor that said “the hands of the king are the hands of a healer, and so shall the rightful king be known”, when, after the wounded were taken to Gondor’s Houses of Healing following The Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Aragorn healed them with the athelas plant. This exquisitely-penned account shows one of the deep dynamics at work in Tolkein’s writings that exposes the work of a Redemptive Gift Teacher.

With Reservation, A Further Recommendation For Understanding Relational Dynamics

I will say, though I cannot recommend her works apart from some serious reservations (for those of y’all that wonder about those reservations, feel free to ask Father about them), Joanne Rowling imbued her Harry Potter series with some of the best relational dynamics among friends, particularly around the area of loyalty, of any set of books I have thus far written. Granted, it was pulpy fiction, but the dynamics of interpersonal relationships in those books played out exceptionally well. If you have a solid filter in place, and Father gives you the grace to do so, read them, but only with a massive filter in place.

My Major Questions When Asking Whether Or Not We Should Read a Particular Book

  1. What is the source of the stream that flows from the essence of a writer, and thus, through their writings? “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
  2. Has Father given you permission or instruction to read that writing? If so, then there is something in it for you.
  3. Are there principles in the work that you are writing? If so, then read in order to hunt for the principles of a given work. For, all truth is God’s truth, whereever it may be found.
  4. Is there a filter you need to have in place as you read a particular work?
  5. Sometimes Father is going to give you a grace to read something that He will not give to another, and vice versa. Thus, just because you see Him teaching one through this or that work, does not mean you have a free pass to read. What you do have is a free pass to talk to Father about the book or piece in question. Use that pass repeatedly. Discern, discern, discern. For example, because of the witchcraft in HP, it is not something I would readily recommend to any and everyone. Same with Yeats, or any others. I also have some real reservations about recommending a believer read Calvin’s writings, if they are susceptible to despair that could be magnified by reading the works of a man that believed in double predestination. For those who wish to wade into a particular work, great care should be exercised in discerning what is meat to eat and what is bone to reject.

This might sound like a laborious set of tasks for some, but when we use these filters as we read, we read ore effectively and with an eye toward executing more in alignment with the priorities of the Kingdom of God.

Concerning the Silver Channel Found In the Application of Teachings On Alien Human Spirits: G-d of Redemption

Megan and Arthur, thank you for the curiosity that led to this post.
For those of you not familiar with the teaching on Alien Human Spirits, I would suggest the following as a start.

Secondly, for those who are looking for the very finest in theology, I suggest you close my blog post down and run for the hills.

There are times when I am going to have the most ironclad theology, and there are times when I am not, and instead am going to deal with things that are experimental.  I am comfortable with the experimental, working with those things, and dealing with those things that I do not fully understand, just as a physicist is comfortable not fully understanding Quantum Mechanics, or Partons, or Bongos, or other things Richard Feynman:

If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you do not understand quantum mechanics.
-Richard Feynman-

I was listening to Arthur Burk’s first teaching on the concept of dealing with alien human spirits, at Arthur’s recommendation while Sandy Landry was working with me at determining my Redemptive Gift, and, when he first mentioned the concept of a Silver Channel, I was completely intrigued.  He asked the L-rd, while first ministering to someone who was dealing with an alien human spirit, to open such a channel, one opened, and the spirit that he was dealing with moved towards and through this object.
I sent the following off to Megan and Arthur as thoughts.

For it is a minor, uber-granular detail of one practice in dealing with AHS’s
Rememeber the sockets/bases (portals) in the tabernacle for its frames (Exodus 27:19, 21, 25; 36:24, 25, 26, 30)?
Those bases (portals) are made of silver.
This may be an explanation as to the “why” of opening the silver channel.
Whether the channel that gets opened between our time and eternity is a type of portal or not, this may provide an clue to a question that you didn’t need answered.
If so, perhaps this is one of the varieties of portals.
Megan replied that she wondered what qualities silver had.

So, here were the questions that were distilled and refined (pun intended) in response to that interaction.

  1. Why a channel?
  2. Why silver?

I spent some time thinking about it, could come up with nothing at the moment from Scripture, and then shelved it for later use.

Whereever you go, you always need to go with the mindset that G-d could show you something you have never seen.
Megan Caldecourt, “Introduction To Portals”, Disc 1, Cut 1, Spiritual Landscape, 04:26-04:33

Then a couple of months ago, I was in the Torah, and recalled from studying others’ work on portals (thank you Megan Caldecourt) that the Hebrew word that is translated “bases” (silver bases for the frames in the tabernacle) can also be rendered “foundations” (Job 38:6), and the roots upon which the earth were founded were like the bases in the frames of the tabernacle, into which the frames of the earth were set.  And in my experience, and the experience of others, if I understand the mechanics of these sockets correctly, things (spiritual beings, dynamics, flows, structures, etc.) pass through these sockets, some of them arriving and departing, hence the term “portal” being used for these openings.
And G-d has placed these openings in various places in order to cause spiritual dynamics to flow in the earth.  The earth is not merely a physical place, but it is also a place where the physical interacts with spiritual reality.

Put differently, reality is not limited to what we can only experience with our five senses.  There is more around us, above us, below us, through us, and concerning us than what we can see, hear, smell, taste, touch.  This is why discernment of the spiritual and invisible is so critical.

Think of Jacob’s encounter at Beth-El, with the gate of heaven that is there.  Through his dream and through the dreams of others, he and others have seen things that otherwise would not be visible.  In the case of Jacob, it was a structure by which angelic beings, entered and departed the physical realm.  There are other opening like this one scattered throughout the earth.

And the concept of a channel is not that far removed from a portal or an opening, and through a channel flows certain things.
In some cases, the L-rd cuts a channel for a river to flow.
And television channels, and when you are “channelling” someone. Passageways for things to flow and for dynamics to change.
In other cases, channels (such as the Pulmonary Shunt) bring blood, or things that are necessary (in the case of the Pulmonary Shunt, bringing blood to the Placenta).
In the case of a silver channel, we have at least the idea of those human spirits that do not belong mixed in with our essences, flowing out of our reality back to eternity.

So, why silver?  What flows through that channel?

If you will note, silver is not mentioned as being part of the economy of heaven, for starters.

It has also been argued that redemption is also not part of the economy.  That is, when the age for which redemption went into effect, the rescue and redemption of humanity and creation is complete, it is possible that we will no longer need redemption.

If you look at silver in the text of Scripture, it is repeatedly paired with themes of purification, purchase, valuation, and redemption.
Take the following passages.

Gen. 20:16 To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. It is a sign of your innocence in the eyes of all who are with you, and before everyone you are vindicated.”

Gen. 23:15 “My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

Gen. 23:16 Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

Gen. 37:28 Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.

Gen. 44:2 and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph told him.

Gen. 45:22 To each and all of them he gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five changes of clothes.

Ex. 20:23 You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold.

Ex. 21:32 If the ox gores a slave, male or female, the owner shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

Lev. 27:6 If the person is from a month old up to five years old, the valuation shall be for a male five shekels of silver, and for a female the valuation shall be three shekels of silver.

Lev. 27:6 If the person is from a month old up to five years old, the valuation shall be for a male five shekels of silver, and for a female the valuation shall be three shekels of silver.

Judg. 16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Seduce him, and see where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to humble him. And we will each give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”

2Sam. 18:12 But the man said to Joab, “Even if I felt in my hand the weight of a thousand pieces of silver, I would not reach out my hand against the king’s son, for in our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘For my sake protect the young man Absalom.’

2Sam. 24:24 But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

2Kings 18:14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, “I have done wrong; withdraw from me. Whatever you impose on me I will bear.” And the king of Assyria required of Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.

2Kings 18:15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king’s house.

This is just a sampling of the idea of what was specifically behind silver.  Redemption, valuation, purchase, and purification/establishment of innocence.

So, why a silver channel?  I surmise that because to G-d alone belongs that right of redemption and purchase.  And as we open up in all of our interaction with the spirits of men, we need to lead with the idea of redemption, and our theology of redemption does need to be robust and hearty.  From the gifts that are redemptive, to our love which is redemptive, to G-d’s heart which is exceptionally redemptive, to the foundations of the earth, which are designed for spiritual flow that is meant to be redemptive, to the roots of the place where He is worshipped, redemption is meant to be the base and foundation by which the King of the Universe interacts with we His children.

And it is His decision to always lead with the possibility of redemption.  It is his prerogative what is done with these spirits after they leave our realm.  And therefore, a silver channel is opened between time and eternity in order to introduce that AHS to the G-d who is first about redemption.  Inclusive in the wise judgment of G-d (read the Decision of G-d) is the dynamic of redemption.  He is just, and righteous, and He will account for and redeem what is right in His sight to redeem, and it is our job to make sure when we preach and teach the kingdom, the possibility of redemption and Father’s heart for purchase and redemption is squarely front-and-center.

Thus, through a silver channel flows the possibility of redemption.