Pentecost means fiftieth and signifies the fiftieth day after Easter. Now we can experience the release from the intense pressure that has been building up since the beginning of Lent.
In the Bible, the Pentecost event is recorded in this way:
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4
There are two important statements in this text that don’t reveal the true meaning of what is being said to our contemporary minds. They are, “suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind,” and “there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them”
It isn’t enough just to imagine that some spiritual event took place, and to think about a strong wind and flames of fire and some mysterious Holy Spirit. These nebulous ideas do not intelligently inform us about what actually happened then, and will happen in our own consciousness.
The first statement says: sound echos, which we can take as an echo, a repeat of the original sound. It was ‘like’ hosper, which means just like, or as much as; so it was more than an echo. “the rush of a mighty wind is, biaios phero pnoe: biaios means force or vital activity, phero, means to carry, to bear, to endure, and wind is pnoe, which means to breathe, to blow – like a flute player.
This explains a kind of inner movement we feel when we get a fright, or a rush of sexual pleasure. When we associate this with the fourth element of fire, it suggests the movement of Kundalini in our spine. Kundalini is from a Sanskrit word ‘Kundal’ meaning coiled up.
This inner movement is an awakening. It is important not to revert back to ancient meanings of the Kundalini that existed before the Easter event when the Cosmic Christ entered into the earth giving us a personal connection with our own I Am. Now we must come to a completely new awareness of the inner coiled fire of the I Am. Through it we can experience a will-filled thinking necessary to experience the spiritual worlds as an individual, replacing the group-conscious sensing-feeling which was necessary to experience the earth in ancient times.
Image: Pentecost by El Greco, 1610