Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Interference



Interference

The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.—John 1:5

Ever since Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden and were separated from God, humans have lived in a world of opposites. Sometimes when people begin to meditate, they experience an opposition response, or what some people call interference. Interference is basically the darkness in and around you that is having a hissy fit about all the light you are adding. Your subconscious is also programmed to resist change, regardless of its value, and the devil and his angels don’t want people to clean out their minds, commune with God, or practice or teach any science that can lead to becoming more like God.  
Interference can manifest in unique ways. I won’t give you any examples, because I don’t want them to become suggestions. The important thing to remember is that if anything strange (in a bad way) starts to happen, don’t stop. Keep meditating, and cast out the scorner and his minions.
From the beginning, Satan threatened to do everything he could to posses our bodies, and he’s following through. The reality is that dark spirits can access our bodies any time we sin or invite them in through dark emotions, like hate, anger, and unrighteous judgment. These emotions, even though they may be buried in the subconscious, create an emotional back door through which these entities can enter. Often these dark spirits work very subtly to avoid detection (sometimes for years), and at other times, though less frequently, they use a lot of dramatic flare and scare tactics to prevent forward motion.
Even when we are doing what is right, Satan may try to attack, as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland reminds us. He explains that opposition turns up almost anyplace something good has happened or is about to happen. He reminds us of two examples of the adversary trying to stop righteousness from progressing:

Joseph said he had scarcely begun his prayer when he felt a power of astonishing influence come over him. Thick darkness, as he described it, gathered around him and seemed bent on his utter destruction. But he exerted all his powers to call upon God to deliver him out of the power of this enemy, and as he did so a pillar of light brighter than the noonday sun descended gradually until it rested upon him. At the very moment of the light’s appearance, he found himself delivered from the destructive power that had held him bound. What then followed is the greatest epiphany since the events surrounding the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ in the meridian of time. The Father and the Son appeared to Joseph Smith, and the dispensation of the fulness of times had begun. (See JS—H 1:15–20.)[1]

Thankfully this darkness didn’t send Joseph running or stop his quest for truth. Joseph’s example shows us what to do when Satan shows up: Hold stronger to the light.
Satan also attempted to interfere with righteous progress after Moses had a face-to-face conversation with God and the Glory of God was upon Moses. Though it seems ridiculous that Satan tried to tempt Moses after such a spiritual high, Satan’s pattern is to constantly oppose the light. If he can’t stop you from beginning, he may show up at the end of a spiritual high, as he did to Moses, saying, “Worship me” (Moses 1:12).
Moses of course didn’t buy it, and he dismissed the devil (Moses 1:16). But Satan only became more nasty, and for a brief moment when Moses began to fear, he “saw the bitterness of hell” (Moses 1:20), which is instructive about the affects of fear. When Moses finally called upon God, he was able to pull himself together. Then, in the name of the Savior––those were the the magic words––Moses commanded Satan to depart (Moses 1:21).[2] Satan left, and Moses had another amazing vision wherein he beheld God, and God gave him the power to command the waters (Moses 1:25), which as you may know came in handy later on in Moses’s life.
May these examples give you hope and also help you stay strong. Elder Holland encourages, “After you have gotten the message, . . . go forward. Don’t fear, don’t vacillate, don’t quibble, don’t whine.”[3]  
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation might be new or strange to you, but many of the Lord’s mysteries might be considered strange to outsiders. We can follow the example of Jesus Christ, who always did the will of His father, regardless of how unusual the instructions. For example, Jesus never questioned His divine intuition to heal by spitting in a blind man’s eyes (Mark 8:23) or by sticking His fingers in a deaf man’s ears (Mark 7:33).
Trust in God. Trust the feelings of the Spirit as you read this book. Forty or one thousand days from now, keep trusting those feelings. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation has been the answer to the prayers of many worthy and active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As Elder Holland says, “Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.”[4]

[1]Jeffrey R. Holland, “Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence” (devotional, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, March 2, 1999), accessed March 21, 2014, http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=795.
[2] The scriptures and the temple ordinances are full of examples of how to cast out devils. Other resources are listed in the resource section at the end of this book.
[3] “Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence.”
[4]  Ibid.

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