Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. (John 3:5)
THE TWO POWERS
I have said in my first post that ‘dwelling in Wisdom’ refers to being ‘born of water’. This entails the comprehension of the Soul’s infinity and existence in God and the consequent birth of the Son in us, little by little, by virtue of the Mother of God. This is the first Power: the birth of God in the human Soul.
The second Power is the higher one, occurring when God is sufficiently experienced and understood by man so that his waters rise up and fill every part of our being. In this instance we meet the Son and embody him. The Soul is then used as the vehicle of the Holy Spirit. Thus we are ‘born of Spirit’ in the unity of the three of the Trinity.
THE SECOND POWER: The Unity of the Three
“Blessed is the man who dwells in wisdom” (Ecclus 14:22)
“Blessed is the man” says St Paul. The ‘man’ he is referring to is the soul’s masculine faculty and intelligence. Whereas water (the lower Soul) represents the birthing Wisdom that leads us to God, this higher part is the abode of none other than the Son of Man, her divine child, who rightly resides at the summit of our being. This Son is the pinnacle of our divine essence, the very highest that we can possibly be. This man is the Telos of all being. As we reach this celestial peak we steadily acquire God’s Image in the Son and are transfigured in him as we become adept in finding God in the midst of all things, and all things in midst of God.
This segment of the Soul is the part that God alone can use to enter into us so as to act and Will on our behalf. The multiplicity of the world ceases to confuse us and we behold the Spirit of God as the only real Source of all things, as we seek to live and live through his Will alone.
“Therefore if we consider all things in this faculty [of the Soul], we would take them not as things but rather as they exist in God. That is how we possess them there, for it is in God’s own nature to pour forth all that he has created and even his very self into that place. And therefore we are blessed if we constantly live in this faculty, for then we shall always live in God.” – Meister Eckhart
Thus the truest union with God is achieved through the merging with this part of the Soul. This is one of the higher mysteries of Christianity: to be born of water and Spirit in Christ and to subsequently elevate him to our essential point of action in the world around us after his internalisation. Only then do we share in the same fiery Spirit of God which gives Life-giving Breath, and we make the unity of the three in the Soul – the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Here in the Soul all things meet in the Word, and we become its reservoir, echoing the Divine Breath and bringing God into the world of man.
This truth is also paralleled in the Sacrament of the Eucharist where bread and wine – and more properly all things – are transfigured in Christ as we ingest him as food. Something higher is born as long as we possess God’s Spirit. But we can only come to it through the Wisdom that gives birth to Soul-realisation. This is what it means to be ‘born of water and Spirit’. Be steadfast in prayer and obedience, for we are One in Him in the Soul’s highest peak only in so far as we continue to strive for Him.