Different Ascents: Detachment, Dispassion, Impassibility
Greece, Meteora 2004
God alway s manifested Himself to man, not to give us something new, but to respell all that He has given us, reminding us of His Word, reminding us of our foundations. God becomes knowable to man without losing His transcendence. The vision of God in heaven will be in its fullness; but our Creator makes it possible for us, his creatures, to have a vision and union with Him while we are still here on earth. This is what the messages of True Life in God are basically all about: God, the Creator, making Himself be rec ognised in an altogether conscious manner, conversing with us and listening to us as friend to friend, to sow Himself in our soul.
The True Life in God messages call us for a radical transformation of self, mind and soul. This transformation takes place during the purification and the dying to one's self. It is a mystical resurrection done with the power and grace of the Holy Spirit. You can call it: baptism of the Holy Spirit, or baptism by Fire, or the Visitation of the Lord, or the Day of the Lord, or the New Pentecost. From thereon the Lord is leading us to ascend up to the ascent of the deification of man. We can reach levels of pure Light, levels of divinisation, where we become gods by participation through the effect of the Holy Spirit. If we follow and live all that True Life in God is giving us, which is, I repeat, only a reminder of God's Word, and observe the Law of God, we will acquire in our lives the freedom of the Spirit and the evangelical virtues, because the Holy Spirit will give us an intellectual light, a deeper and divine understanding of God's Mysteries and of His Word. It will come on our intellect like flashes of brilliant light, taking us into higher ascents and deeper into the Light Itself. Everyone can attain these ascents and everyone is called to divinisation, no one is deprived from these, so we have no excuse. Unfortunately deification it is not much noticed by people because very few reach these levels and yet, all of us who are baptized are called to it to reach it!
"You have been called to participate in this divine Salvific Plan but to enter as well in the Triune life. Come and breathe in Me and fill your soul with Our Divine Love, this Love that draws you into a perfect union with Us."(3.3.99)(Holy Spirit)
"I alone can clothe you in My splendour and give you the indispensable Light. I alone, in My Divinity can impress upon your soul My Image of Holiness. Come to Me and prolong your gaze on My Holy Face so that you may understand fully that you are joint heiress with Me, united to Me and in Me... receive more of Me, allowing Me to receive more of you. My wish is to give more of Myself to you, so that you can give more of yourself to Me. I will be obtaining in this way all that belongs to Me already; through My divine Love that will be poured in you, you will be deified, transfiguring your soul, so that My Father identifies you on Judgment Day with Me. (9.3.99)(Jesus)
As I said before, we are all called to be One with God and no one is deprived from it. But if we are seriously willing to give away our will and die to our self and our ego than behold! A transformation will take place. To begin with we need to repent, then from there on, confess our sins, emptying ourselves from everything that does not belong to God and allow His Holy Spirit to invade us with His Divine Light and possess us so that from thereon we can live under His Grace. Allow God to scrutinize every one of your actions, and like someone with a torch entering a dark cave, allow God to enter your heart and put aflame and burn to the root, all that is not divine, holy and not His. Let God raze you to the ground and drag you into the desert in which He drags His anointed ones, so that He brings to your memory, in the silence of the desert, all your misgivings, and your evil conduct, to loathe yourself. Let God strike you with bitter remorse for your indifference towards Him and His Law of Love. Allow Him to do all these things so that this transformation takes place within you. And from thereon He will be your Mas ter, your Educator but your Friend and Brother as well.
And, with great tenderness He will dress your wounds and lift you to His Heart, while he will utter in your ear these words:
"You must keep secure now all My teachings, remembering always the beginning, so that you increase your Knowledge of Me, your God." (31.5.03)
True Life in God is a call for perfecting our soul to rise above the heavens. In the very beginning of these messages, we know that Jesus had asked me to die to myself and t hat He did not want to see any rivals within me, but leave the space for His Holy Spirit. Dying to one\rquote s self, is not only dying to one's will, but also to all material things that a soul can be attached to. This, our Lord called it detachment. But the Lor d does not want us to remain there. He wants to draw us into higher ascents of perfection; meaning from detachment to dispassion and from dispassion to impassibility.
What was the meaning of His words to me when He said in the beginning:
"if you allow My Holy Spirit to invade your soul, he can transfigure your soul from a desert into a garden where I can have My rest in you. If you allow My Holy Spirit He can transfigure your soul into a palace, where I can be King and reign over you; if you allow My Holy Spirit to transfigure your soul He can transfigure your soul into a heaven, where in this heaven you will be able to glorify Me..."
Let me explain. To start with, when our Lord uses the expression: "if you allow", this means if you are willing to give away your will for His Will, so that the Holy Spirit will be free to act in you. And He can raise you to three levels, from a desert to a garden and then to a palace and finally to a heaven. These are three ascents. Therefore, from teaching you to detach yourself, the Holy Spirit will teach you through His Grace to come to a higher degree of perfection and that is: to be freed from earthly passions, into what He calls dispassion. Dispassion brings you into higher levels of contemplation as well.
When the Lord said that He drags the souls in the desert where he shows their sins to them and fills them with remorse to hate themselves. This experience on its own brings you to realize that God is above all things, and without God your table is empty. From thereon nothing more will count in your eyes as before; the things you thought and esteemed important suddenly become like ashes to you. You no longer desire them as before, in fact, they become unbearable to you, for so powerful is this sort of detachment, called dispassion. As our Lord had described this state once, saying:
"And although you will still be among men, your mind will be in heaven. Although your body will be moving among men, your soul and mind will be as an angel's. I will teach you to live in Us, move in Us and breathe in Us."
Here, with these words of Jesus we can understand that dispassion means a very high level of contemplation, and at the same time a distaste of all worldly things, a distaste of all evil thoughts and evil acts. It is a total rejection of evil; it is to shed one's attachments off you. After having renounced to sin as well as a life without God and after having renounced of one's will, then a divine union is made between the Creator and the creature, to which we can say: "now we are walking with God."
Then our Lord spoke of turning our soul into a heaven adding that in this heaven we will glorify Him. This is the ultimate perfection of the soul that enters into the angelic virtue of impassibility. This is a far wider aspect of dispassion. It is a detachment of lust and passion, of pleasures and desires of the flesh. In a message our Lord said that after the divine union between the Creator and the creature and after having been given the Unction of the Holy Spirit, this is how we become:
"Now you will become part of Me and one with Me, adorning each one of your members with divinity and light, incorruptibility and blessedness tot be befitting for Me, your God and King. All of a sudden the world of the past will seem to fade away gently from you with all its content, forever. And in a single moment, impassibility, the angelic virtue will blossom in your heart; likewise a spiritual sensuousness of what it would be like to be near the Beatific Vision will occur itself instantly.
Angelic virtues in variety will be your crown from thereon, for these are what I will offer you as a gift to attain perfection. The Absolute God then will intertwine Himself with you in the delicate scents of the Nuptial Chamber and be one with you, englobing you entirely in His Light until you yourself become light. Enwrapped in My Holy Spirit your mouth will be My Mouth, your limbs, My limbs, your eyes, My Eyes, your utterance will be My Utterance. Your acts and thoughts will all be divine. Henceforth, your entire lustrous being and soul will be animated by Me; this will be the beginning of your new life in Me."
In other words, freedom of all passions can be obtained through the freedom of the Spirit, through the death of self, through the death of one's will.