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How to Have a Direct Experience of God

A guest post by By Father Peter Bowes

Many say they believe in God, but believing in God is not the same as having a direct experience of God. Direct means first-hand, not second-hand. It is not hearsay or conjecture. Direct means something happens to you. You go through something, and then you can say you have had an experience. Throughout history, belief in God has resulted in people gathering for worship in churches, mosques, and temples.

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All over the world people still congregate based on similar beliefs about God. But how many can really say they know God?

Love and faith are the two most important qualities that make a substantial relationship with God possible. Love pulls you to the Divine Being; faith expects that something real will happen. Love connects you and God together; faith brings trust that God will respond to your hopes. Love creates the opening for something genuine to occur in relationship with God; faith reaches out beyond what is comfortable, stretching you to feel and see what you long for with your whole heart, mind and soul.

A direct experience of God requires love and faith, both of which play integral roles in preparing you to meet God. With love and faith, you let the Divine Being know you care enough so that God will come and give you God’s Self. You have to silence the mind and the emotions, and develop a stillness that can wait for a response from God. With meditation and prayer, a person can clear the mind of the world and the distractions of the senses in preparation for this meeting with God. God will come when you have cleared away all the other gods in your life, and this takes work, patience and diligent effort.

The initial phase of this preparation can be somewhat discouraging because the most dark and detrimental parts of your nature show up for review. You just can’t ask God to come into a place soiled with dirt, confusion and negative energy, so you will have to make a clean and wholesome space before you invite God to reside in you. Often you will need a Teacher – someone who has had a direct experience of God, who can see what needs to be drawn out of you – to help you clear the space within you.

All the mystics and saints have described direct experience of God in much the same ways. Each describes experiencing the love of their life in the embrace of God’s kiss and God’s presence. No fear can exist in the presence of God since God is all love and light. God is inside you and is loving you with every ounce you are willing to receive, and this experience will move you from belief to knowing. When you come into a direct experience of the God at the center of your being, it will change you completely, and you will know a profound peace that cannot be disturbed by the confusion of the world.

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Father Peter Bowes is a Master Teacher, priest and co-director of a mystical Christian order with spiritual centers in 15 cities called the Centers of Light.  EnlightenNext Magazine named Father Peter among the “Top 10 Internet Gurus,” between Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle. To learn more about Father Peter Bowes, visit FatherPeter.CentersOfLight.org.

At the Centers of Light we teach people how to have a direct experience of God. Contact us and see our classes at www.CentersOfLight.org.

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11 Responses to How to Have a Direct Experience of God

  1. apurba April 1, 2009 at 8:55 am #

    wow.

  2. Joe April 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    I have not had a direct experience of God although it’s not for want of trying. All my life I have prayed for a sign to no avail. Although I meditate daily I do not experience the living presence of a God. Peace – yes… Is this God?

  3. MJ May 6, 2009 at 2:01 am #

    Yes, it has been “that” way with my experience also. Great Love and Light, Gentleness and Love of Life.

    Thank you.

  4. Dan McBee June 23, 2009 at 12:04 am #

    Hello Father Peter,

    My Uncle was a Catholic Priest and his name was Father Peter.
    I have been a meditator for over 25 years now and I couldn’t agree more with everything You’ve written. Quieting the mind is without a doubt a major requirement for obtaining the peace and tranquility that comes from becoming still and knowing God.

  5. mind space July 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm #

    Meditation provides us with subjective confidence in the existence of phenomena which is beyond the evidence of the senses…no doubt!

  6. Elizabeth August 27, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    Discovering who we are…is all that matters…….When we understand this truth, of all being within us, we discover ourselves. And all else ceases to matter — success, achievements, wealth, relationships, everything becomes irrelevant.

  7. Nathan September 9, 2009 at 2:20 am #

    Many people of “faith” miss this “loving” connection with G-d, because they think that going to church, temple, etc., is what constitutes connecting with Him. I have found with meditation a connection that I had been sorely lacking for a while. Great article, thanks. 🙂

  8. Father Peter September 19, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    @Joe,
    If you really relax and give up any idea of controlling the process, you m ight start to feel a presence within you that you did not create that is bigger than you. Then if you start to move in the direction of this presence, you might come to an actual, tangible, real experience of God. You might alos try ont he fact that if there was a Being that created you, then that Being would know every part of you and would understand you and hope good things for you. Peace is fine, but we can fool ourselves into thinking we created that peace. We need something deeper than this who created the peace that we are able to feel.
    Father Peter

  9. Guided meditation November 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    I never experienced a direct experience of god but im praying and meditate everyday. Great post!

  10. Mubashr May 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    @Elizabeth,
    you are quiet right .
    but will you tell me some more about this and explain in detail i need help on it.

  11. Eric Osborne August 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    @Joe, I think we always think that if it comes from God it is going to be this huge thing. Alot of times we don’t realize that God gives us lot of little miracles everyday to focus on. Peace is definitely a blessing from God because along with peace come confidence and good emotions. If you are in a peaceful state, I think you are on the right track.

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