Hello lovely soul!
I was speaking with a woman that knows me from spiritual community who is following her curiosity and desire to immerse herself in Bible study. She asked me a question about how I share speaking in tongues with groups of people and do I have a translator as the Apostle Paul prescribes in 1 Corinthians 14: 27-28. This is a valid question that I felt called to share the answer with you as well.
When I speak in tongues with groups it is an Acts 2 experience. According to The Bible, The Helper that Jesus said would be sent, initially manifested through the tongues of his disciples where the sound of heaven and God's glory was made known to the all people present in the various languages they could understand.
Speaking in tongues (known as Light language in spiritual community) is many things including a carrier of the sounds of heaven that intercede for those in need of hope, comfort, protection, and inspiration. The dialect I speak (not all tongues nor Light language sounds the same) is a unification of the seed sounds of other tongues or languages on Earth. Strung together like pearls, the sounds are spoken as a whole language in which people can identify different tones including: Chinese, Hebrew, Tibetan, Sanskrit, Native American, and others.
I spoke in tongues as a child and it was reawakened in me when I heard someone else speaking it 40+ years later. (Learn More Here) Soon thereafter, God told me that I was to share this gift with groups and to call it 'darshan' - I was terrified to say the least! Fortunately I had a friend who was willing to allow me to explore this with her before going public. She was skeptical at first, but within seconds she was weeping and said "Don't stop, I know this'.' After exploring this together several times, gifts she had turned away from in her teenage years were re-awakened and she was able to translate/understand what was being communicated to her through the hearing of it. During the initial few months of sharing in early 2017, we worked with a group of ten or so people for forty consecutive days. I spoke and recorded for the group, everyone listened and made notes of their experience, and my friend translated for the group. There were times that people in the group had a similar overall understanding, but many times people also had other layers of understanding that were personal for themselves or another individual in the group. We learned that like a lid being taken off of a box, the various participants were activated, healed, opened in new ways that were discernible and palpable.
Then following the Divine guidance I had been given, we began sharing with many other groups for the better part of a year until we both separately understood from Spirit that we were to translate no longer. That this had been an exercise of the potential and possibility for all people. What we learned was that each person has the potential to interpret for themselves as The Holy Spirit will always speak to each of us in a language we will understand. God desires direct relationship with each of us and has the power to help us believe if we simply set aside what we think we know and open our hearts to Him just a little more.
This experience does just that, it opens the heart to receive God in however God shows up for them, in whatever 'language' they speak or 'knowing' they possess. Language is more than just the sounds coming out of our mouths - it has a tone, a vibration, a frequency, a feeling. Love has a sound. The Holy Spirit works to share the Good works of God, to open hearts and minds to something more, to comfort, teach, guide and minister to them, to connect people's hearts and minds with the Power of God's Love.
From years of sharing with groups of people without translation, I have learned that within a room of people receiving the blessing, each has heard, seen, felt, or understood something that they didn't before their experience. For those seeking solace or hope, they felt seen, acknowledged, and loved. For those seeking healing, they felt ministered to by angels. And for those coming with a modicum of skepticism, felt more opened to God and the innumerable Ways of His Spirit.
As I continue having conversations with pastors of all denominations, there are some who are uncomfortable with what I say and others whose interest is peaked and they want to learn more. And the only thing I can say is that I can only share what my walk of faith has led me to experience. I believe God walked me through this outside of the church because there are many within the Christian community not yet ready and He knew that there were people who were open to receiving more of God (spiritual community) even if they didn't know what that might look like or what to call it (myself included). This is what Love does; it opens the heart, it opens the mind, it heals, it inspires, it brings peace. (You can learn more HERE through a sampling of other people's testimonies.)
I don't claim to know everything there is to know on this subject, but I can say that God has walked me through every experience in sharing this way with people. I believe that the minute we believe that we know all the ways God Loves wholly is the minute we know nothing at all. It is not for us to restrict God and the Way of Love. To blaspheme the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32) and believe we know that God works 'this way' and 'not that way' is tantamount to quenching the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Denying or restricting the Omniscience and Omnipotence is to place our ego and human knowing in a place where we have Edged God Out of our way of thinking and therefore our way of being in the world. The disciples didn't know what to expect and every time I share I don't either - BUT I am always blessed, amazed, and grateful for the opportunity to share and to witness what other people experience in being touched in this way.
The New Testament didn't exist for the early believers. What was written and gathered into what we know today as the NT was what they lived and chronicled to share with others like us. I personally feel that we are now in a new age where what we are living out will be written about someday as another testament or witnessing. The Old Testament is about the Father, the New Testament is about the son and this new age will be a testament to the Holy Spirit.
We are only just beginning to walk in the promises of God and it is through our choice to surrender or yield our hearts and minds that invites in the whole of God's Spirit to indwell in the Temples called 'you' and 'me'. Western culture (American in my experience) functions from the mind first, heart second. The Way of Christ is heart first informing the mind and the sharing of speaking in tongues is very much a non-cognitive experience requiring the listener to yield what they think they know (or can't mentally figure out) in order to feel the love that washes over them in a language that only the heart can hear/know/understand.
I wholeheartedly believe that we must do our part to restore heaven here on earth (Matthew 6:9-13) and that when we allow all of God's Love to move freely through us, people will be healed in mind, body & soul (John 14:12).
The Foundation of the Christian walk is this "Love God (God is Love 1 John 4:16) with all your heart, soul and mind; this is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22: 37-40). When we follow this way of being in this world, we bring life into all relationships; we shine light that casts out darkness, and help others see for themselves the power of whole and Holy Love in action.
Speaking the language of Love can sound a little different depending upon the listener, but know that when your heart is engaged and your steps are ordered by The Creator, love is what will flow from your lips; and all nations, all people, will know that you come in peace.
Many Blessings to you,
These writings are an amalgamation of words to alchemize your understanding of who you are. Some words are mine, and others are from Spirit. I hope you find comfort, support and hope in these letters of love to you. Blessings and peace be with you, Dammah