The Way of the Spiritual Leader

by Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Section 1: The Unification Church and Spiritual Phenomena [Part 1]

1. The Unification Church and The Spirit World

1) The Meaning of the Name, Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity

The official name of our church is "Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity." What is meant by "the Unification of World Christianity" is that its destiny is to unify the Christian churches throughout the world; next, there is "holy spirit" in the part, "the Holy Spirit Association," and this Holy Spirit refers not to the human world, but to the spirit world. It means that on the foundation of having unified world Christianity, works of the Holy Spirit will take place. Through the holy spiritual phenomena, we are trying to bring the world into one.

Therefore, if this divine spirit is left out, then what would it become? It will be the same as the Christian churches. If we leave out holy spirit from the term, the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of the World Christianity, then it will become the Association for the Unification of World Christianity, isn't this so? It will be reduced to nothing if the divine spirit was left out.

When we take this point of view, we can see that even in the history of humanity today, there is always a thought or spirit that influences the course of history. The thought exists inside one's mind, but it is not dominated by the mind. It tries to transcend the mind as well as the environment, to conquer the world. Isn't this true? When you say to yourself, "I am going to become a great person," that "great person" is not referring to the ideal of a great figure that you will realize by employing the service of your body in an environment where you can do whatever you please centering on yourself. Of course you are to act as your heart moves you, but that desire of the heart will lead you to transcend the family, environment, nation, world, and taking a step further, guide you to become someone who can even influence the spirit world, provided that such a thing exists. (168-241)

What is the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity? What are we going to bring about the unification with? [With the divine spirit] We are to bring the unification through the divine spirit, and we are to bring the unification through the divine spirit of the father and son relationship. What is this Holy Spirit? Why are we talking about these strange things? The divine spirit is something that can bring harmony between the spirit world centered on love and the human world. Do you understand?

Giving eyesight to the blind man is not an important part of the Holy Spirit's task. It does not concern itself so much with making the deaf hear again. Today, Christian churches like to talk about how there is nothing impossible for the omnipotent God and tell a cripple to stand on his own feet, but this is so insignificant. God does not need this. The divine spirit of love, you have to know that it is a Holy Spirit of love.

In the Bible it says that when you hold a religious service you should do so with spirit and truth, so what does it mean by "truth" here? This is not talking about some Pythagorean principles. It is not talking about some Newtonian laws. It is not that kind of truth. It is the truth of love. What is the highest aspect of that truth of love? It is that between father and children, and this is how you should understand it. What God needs is not money, power, or knowledge. He needs love.

Why does he need love? Because God needs objects in order to feel happy and fulfilled, he created men. Because he created men as the objects of joy, men have the same value as the entire creation. But with love, we have the potential to assume the equal position as God. This is what you have to understand. Christians of today assert that creation is less than the creator, but they should stop with their nonsense. So, why did God create all things? You have to understand this clearly.

What is the Holy Spirit Association? [Love] What kind of love? [Love in the parent child relationship] Centering on the love of the parent child relationship, harmony is to be achieved. As long as there is this harmony, when a small and insignificant event takes place on the earth, the ripples it creates will reverberate out and have universal consequences. Although it is weak, the ripples will be felt all over the universe. Similarly, the domain of harmony of love means that although its scale might be small, it has the content that will connect up with the universe; you have to understand this very clearly. (113-103)

The name of our church is the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity. As I have been doing all these works up to now, I have not been doing them with my breathing passages blocked up. Rather, I have been conducting the program of the spirit world for everything. I do not talk about how heaven is or how heavenly father is, and so forth. I do not talk about them carelessly. I only talk about them after I have digested them with the truth and can explain them in some systematic manner. Do you think that I simply listen to the words of some women or grandmothers, or some spiritual medium? No way. They are ignorant. They know how to testify to the present, but they do not know how things operate. (68-276)

It is clear that our organization is a religious organization. It is a religious organization. But what kind of religious organization is it? It is a religious organization whose goal is the unification. This is why we call it the Unification Church.

Then you have to know clearly what the center of that word, "Unification," is. What does the word center on? Of course you might think that it is centered on the world, but when you say the world, there are two different types of worlds. One is the spiritual world, and the other is the substantial world. This is how I see it. However, ordinarily when people say, world, they are talking about the world on earth, the world that they are living in right now. Therefore, it is easy to think that we are talking about the unification of this world. It is normal to think that way.

Now, when we look at this, what does the word, "Religion," center on? It is not centered on this world, and the spirit world is its background. This is definitely true when you examine the past history. This is true.

Then, in the name the HSA-UWC there is a term, "Unification," and the question is how to unify world Christianity. The Catholic Church and the Protestant church denominations are numerous, but they do not preoccupy themselves with this feat. You have to understand this. You have to understand that unification welcomes all churches of this world. But because the churches have been in conflict with each other up to now, they will not try to unite no matter what kind of things emerge. They will not try to become one.

Then what do you do to bring unity? Until now, countless church leaders, at times centering on the Roman Papacy, have attempted to initiate a movement for unification, but was it possible? The results have showed that it was impossible, and it still remains impossible. However, what is the path that can bring this unity? Do you think that it is enough merely for a strong religious leader to appear and order the unification? If there is no political foundation, then even if the leader is powerful and resolute, he is completely powerless. The conclusion is that it is impossible.

Then, what if there is some truth based on which the denominations cannot but come together? What do you think? They might support it halfway, but they will oppose again by saying that it might be the work of Satan, the devil. This is how difficult it is. Then, even if Jesus had not passed away, but survived to evangelize the world centering on the Roman Empire, when the young Jesus who had died in the past appeared in the world as a man and claimed that he is Jesus, who would believe him? People would not believe him. What I am saying is that even if Jesus himself was to resurrect into a new life, people would not believe him. How many percent of the people would believe in Jesus? How about you? How about Moonies? How about Moonies who tend to believe and trust too readily? Don't people say that you have been brainwashed? You have been brainwashed. How is it? How many of you will believe him? Do you think you will believe him? [No] (Laughter).

So, when we examine these things, we can see that Rev. Moon is truly great. You have to understand how great was this feat of gathering together these young people who had been leading chaotic life styles in the white society, and in an attempt to create one world, bring them together in this manner and have them intermingle with each other.

Did Rev. Moon accomplish this with the power and knowledge of this world, or through the spirit world? When we consider this, it is clear that despite the impact of the standard of this world, the employment of the standard of the spirit world brings greater power to influence.

Of course just the mere fact that you can independently gather here and proceed in your mission shows that the words of the Principle and my guidance have impact. Although this should be recognized, this is not all there is to the story. The reason that something invisible is influencing you to make the transition is because there lies behind us a spiritual force that is many tens of times stronger. This fact cannot be denied. Is this true or false? [It is true] It is truth that you can feel this to your bones. You have to understand that this cannot be denied even if you were to be employed as the evidence. No matter what anyone says, this cannot be denied. Is this so? [Yes]

Then what is the thing that Satan likes the most? What is the thing that Satan desires the most? This is the problem. Satan says:

It is all right to give the lectures on the Principle words of the Unification Church. It is all right for someone to be a great lecturer who can give the speech with the whole book memorized. I acknowledge it. There is nothing that I can do about that. There is nothing that I can do because it is truth that is already revealed and manifested. However, I will not allow spiritual phenomena.

Do you think that he will do that? [Yes]

Without spiritual phenomena, no matter how great the truth is it is difficult to maintain the same level of faith as before. It is difficult to march forward with one's life placed on the line for the rest of one's life. It is easy to develop a life of habits. Although one might remain faithful when one is young, one may lose one's faith when one grows old. Accordingly, as far as Satan is concerned, he figures that everything will be fine if people lose their faith after they grow old and as a result go to hell after they die.

This is the way Satan sees things, so what is God going to do? It is logical for a good divinity, who is opposed to the evil divinity, to deeply contemplate on the following question: in spiritual territory, how does he spread the spiritual truth that can increase the power for the rest of one's life, even if one dies of old age. (131-208)

What must be done in order to bring about the unification of the world? Where does liberation take place? The spiritual world and the physical world must be liberated. The liberation of the spiritual world and the liberation of the physical world . . . God does not need the liberation of the spiritual world. If there emerges one man who has the ability to unite all of the Satanic domain just like God, then the spirit world and the physical world which have been separated will be reunited. They will be liberated. As soon as there is someone who can have dominion over Satan, then the liberation of the spirit world as well as the liberation of the physical world will take place. (161-243)

2) Unification Will Take Place First in the Spirit World

Listening to all the words that I have been saying up to now, you might be thinking, "That is probably true," but you have to understand that the earth is following after me who has already learned this in the spirit world and has already flipped over the decisive page. Originally, if there had been no fall, the physical world would have stood before the spirit world, but because of the fall, the order has been switched around. (131-40)

For this reason, without making the spirit world united, it is impossible to bring unity on the earth. If unity is not attained in the spirit world, oneness will also not be found in the spirit world. They share a common fate. Look now. The phenomena wherein the Western people want to marry with the Asians, and the Asians want to marry with the Westerners are very good.

When the spirit world looks down, think about how happy your ancestors will be. Think about how great it would be for the people of the five races to . . . "Ha!" (Laughter) Think about it. In the spirit world, white people are clustered only among white people, and black people stay by themselves; the spirit world is all divided up. People with yellow skin stick to themselves. Races are always in conflict. Because these things are happening on the earth now, those in the spirit world will be softened up and become one, all of them. Unification will take place. Accordingly, it will become one world, one world. Just like the prayer, "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven" because this is what is happening in the spirit world, similar things will happen on the earth. You have to understand this. So, have I accomplished great works? How about it? [You have accomplished great works.] (Applause) (90-188)

Without uniting the spirit world, the earth will not be united. At the very least, I who stand here have the ability to unite the spirit world. Not only do I have the ability, I have already accomplished it. Jesus, Confucius, Buddha, regardless of who one is, everyone must cooperate with me. For this reason, a person who is faithful and is open to the spirit world . . . Even yesterday, a Buddhist devotee came to bow before me three times. He said, "My parents ordered me to pray for teacher Moon twenty-four hours a day, so I had no other choice but to obey."

Buddha also has to cooperate with me. If there is someone who does not cooperate, then I will use the heavenly law to make public accusations. I am one with such capabilities. Do you understand?

Confucius, head of Islam, or whoever it is, they will all melt before me. You have to understand that even the communist world is all eroding in the spiritual realm right now. Do you understand what this means? (82-309)

3) Teacher is the Expert on Spirit World

Isn't Moon so-and-so the world's best expert on the spirit world in the world? Isn't this true? [Yes] In that regard, I am not the recipient of the Nobel prizes, but the head of the judges who choose the candidates for the prize. No matter how well someone communicates with the spirit world, he does not understand the content. People have to learn this from Rev. Moon. Isn't this so? Accordingly, all the spiritual mediums are my inferiors.

According to the science of spiritualism of today, it is believed that for every person on the earth three thousand three hundred and twenty spirits are mobilized, and sticking around each person, they try to help them. How many billions of people must be in the spirit world? If you multiply the number by four billion, then how many trillion is that? Such numerous spirits are the subordinates of this Moon so-and-so. Does this feel good or bad? [It feels good.] That is how it is. Do you understand? [Yes]

Therefore, the president of the Shin-Do sect of Buddhism comes to visit me every day, and bowing before me, he says, "Buddha has ordered me to serve you." They also have to go through me to be liberated.

How about Jesus? Even for Jesus to realize his dreams, I have to lay down the bridge. If I say these kinds of things, then the four limbs of Christians will stiffen up. They will stiffen up. I will receive the punishment of heaven if I lie. I know this very well. I am telling you the truth.

When this happens, spiritual phenomena and communication will take place all over the place. Even without receiving education about God, everyone will have to say that God exists, even as they are trying to deny His existence. This is what will happen. Do you understand what this means? If you continue to say, "God does not exist, God does not exist. God does not exist then your mouth will be sealed shut.

Such times are coming. Such times should be called an era of urgent emergency, or, what should it be called? Such a time will dawn upon us.

Two hundred years ago if you had told someone that a huge chunk of metal could carry five hundred people and fly in the air, who would have believed you? Would people have believed you or not? What kind of crazy person would try to make others believe it? They would say that the person is without a brain, without a mind. How about now? Do people believe it or not? [They believe it] One hundred years ago if you told someone, "This metal object can swim inside water freely just like a fish," then would anyone have believed you? Would people have believed it or not? [They wouldn't] Look. If you told someone about the satellites 30 years ago; "People can fly to the stars from earth in some ship that flies," then do you think people would have believed you? Do you think that they would have believed you or not? [They would not have believed it] They wouldn't have believed it.

So, do you think that people would believe what I am saying now or not? [They won't be able to believe it.] Just as people could not believe thirty years ago, who can confidently say that such things will not be possible thirty years later? Who can confidently say it? You professors here? It is nonsense. My antenna is higher than theirs and my eyes of observation are more keen . . . Because I have the qualities and ability to become world famous, I have become famous.

So, in short you should believe me. You should believe me and see what happens. If it is difficult to believe then let's believe it and see if it can be proven. Isn't this so? What would you lose by believing? This should be like this, but it is said that it is like that, and although you can walk around upside down, it is said that it cannot be done . . . (83-116)

In the past, there were many saints and sages, but I am the only one who is trying to engage a lonely battle in this world stage full of opposition. (Applause) For this reason, the spirit world cheers me on, "Do well, victory, victory, Rev. Moon." Look. Is Yankee Stadium bigger or is the spirit world bigger? [The spirit world] Have you ever thought about how many people there are in the spirit world? According to the spiritual mediums, they calculate that there are about three thousand three hundred and twenty spirits following around each person. Considering that they are all on our side, do you think we will be defeated by the world or win over it? Think about it.

Are spirits scared of nuclear bombs or cannons? [They are not scared] Similarly, you will never know defeat if you are not scared of bullets, nuclear bombs, and the nation. (Laughter) You will surely win the victory. You have to transcend it. You may oppose but I tell you to move forward, and jumping over you and following behind you, I am going to close the door behind you and play the role of the master. (Laughter) When all of you pass through the door, I am going to lock it. So, you have to understand that I am fighting with such a mentality.

When the spirits in the spirit world see that Rev. Moon is thinking this way, do you think that they would judge me as a small-minded person or feel very content? They will open their mouth and eyes wide and in great delight say, "Ha!" This is how the spirit world must be. When God looks at such things, He will say, "There is something exciting to watch. " Wouldn't He have to do that? So, God, spirit world, and the angels, and then those on the earth who are reflective and love the world will say, "Good job, Rev. Moon. Good job, good job!" In the near future, the nation will rush toward us and the world will be moved. (86-193)

4) Many Spirits Follow the Members of the Church

How many spirits are there in the spirit world? What do you think the number is approximately? Yes? [Some say that there are about seventy billion] Seventy billion? [Yes] That whole spirit world is on our side. They are on our side. Do you understand what I am saying? [Yes] (167-37)

Therefore, the work that you are doing now is not your own accomplishment. Behind you there are countless spirits who are connected to you. Of course your ancestors are connected to you, but if there is a religion that you especially believe in, centering on that religion, they will focus completely on the direction that you are moving toward. Accordingly, if you believe and launch the attack, there will be a breakthrough. So, you should not think that you are alone. There are many tens of thousands, many millions of spirits who are mobilized.

So, forty million will not be a problem. Billions of spirits are trying to cut furrows to cultivate history. So, in order to dig the furrows . . . In order to till the hard land, then the plow has to be firm. Then, the ox has to be strong, and then the tiller has to press it down hard. No matter how strong the plow is, the person in the back has to press it down with a lot of force.

However, the ox and the plow are already prepared. The spirit world is pulling you just like oxen. You have to dig in the plow centering on our truth. Then, who is to press it down? Your leader is supposed to press it down. This is the only way that the land will be cut deeply. This will be influenced by the state of your faith. You have to understand this. (164-169)

God and spirit world understands my purpose. They are watching you. So how can you stop? How can you rest comfortably with your two legs stretched out? You have to keep in mind that God is watching over all the situations. Your mind understands it but your physical body does not comply with it. It is moving in the opposite direction. All of the environment will tempt you. You will be able to see such environment. Now, our time has come. You have to move forward. You have to progress on. You can conquer every place. God is always protecting you by your side. Even in such an environment, God is protecting us. You have to think about this. How much did God wait for such times? Such times have come to us. You have to march forward. You have to continue to move forward until the day of victory, until the final destination. Do you understand? [Yes] This is our mission. This is our responsibility, us humans. You have to bear such responsibility in all the domains of the individual, family, tribe, nation, and the world. On that foundation, God's love will be materialized. Moreover, the spirit world is ceaselessly helping you wherever you are. Do you understand clearly? [Yes] You have to be clear about this. This is your problem. (162-94)

The only people who can understand this are the true members of the Unification Church, those who believe sincerely. In the physical world one can live on as is, but in the spirit world, the bridge has to be laid down. There has to be someone who is helping you. Helping you on the individual level, on the family level, on the tribal level . . . You have to understand that because the Unification Church group can represent such love and represent it world wide, behind us there are many spirits who are following us.

Among your ancestors, according to the level of their goodness, the better ancestors stand in the front . . . If among the descendants of that ancestor if the one who joined the Unification Church just looks similar to him, how flabbergasted would he be, just by that fact alone? "Wow, he took after me!" The better the ancestor is, the happier he would be to find out that they look similar.

If at some point one gets linked up to the Unification Church, then the spirit world and the physical world will make a lot of fuss over it. On that side, they will support and follow the person around trying their best to provide assistance. While on the earth, people create an environment of opposition to prevent him; such phenomena will take place. (92-212)

You might think that the number of people in the Unification Church is small, and receiving opposition, they are lonely. But while you are not aware of it, we have placed fences all over the world and people are rushing in like a flood. When the big flood takes place, as long as there is a small hole or crack, through that crack the flood will break out. Similarly, this is what is going to happen to us. Although we have left open a small side road that leads to it, something similar to a flood is flowing over it.

Now, think about it. God has been concerned about the restoration of the earth until now, and all the good spirits who had once lived on the earth and all those who have sacrificed their lives for God desire the completion of the resurrection on the earth. So, when God begins his march, would He come down with all the spirits or not? [We will take them along.] In order to take them along, first, there has to be the fulfillment of the condition of the bond through which people of the world can love each other. Because the Unification Church today has already set the conditions, which will make it possible to love all the brothers of the world, they will come down at once. (90-198)

Ultimately, the purpose of the whole spirit world is making Rev. Moon succeed . . . The way that the field of spiritualism judges is that there are three thousand and three hundred spirits per person on the earth. In the future, will those spirits come down and cooperate? Billions of spirits are gathered in the spirit world, and regardless of one's ability and character, they are fully mobilized to make Teacher Moon, this one man, succeed. Do you understand what I mean?

Look. Bring my name to some spiritual medium that is in communication with the high spirit world and tell him to pray about me. As they pray, they will realize who I am, and then go down. They will call out, "Teacher!" Do you understand? [Yes] Those who are neurotic and whose nerves are numb will not be able to understand. I know this very clearly because I am an expert. (82-308)

5) My Spiritual Experiences

You have to begin making an earnest effort to educate yourself about the unity of the mind and body. You have to listen to the voice of your heart, the sound of your mind. The more you suffer, the closer you can hear that sound. In this way, you have to feel that you have become a resonant body. After that when you see your hand, you can see light radiating out of your hand. You will undergo such three-dimensional mysterious experiences. Do you understand? It will become like that for sure.

For this reason, you are not to complain. Jesus did not complain even as he was bearing the cross. It is the same thing. There are also the same ironclad rules that apply to your life today. The stronger such a mind is and the more assertive such actions are the more your mind and body will become one resonant body, a resonant body. When this process unfolds, what happens is that you will realize that at night you have slept embracing someone, but as you look closely, you will find that the person is none other than yourself. You will find your spirit self sleeping embracing you. You will come to realize that it is your spirit man. Do you understand what this means? [Yes]

This is how man is. You have to have such experiences. In order to experience this, you must go through a process of sacrifice. What had been most impressionable during my life in the prison is the difficult course of suffering I went through. I found that the more one has such experiences, the more one becomes sensitive toward resonance with your mind. Although I was doing physical labor that a normal person could not endure, and even though the body was doing the labor the mind was not. When you do such things, your spiritual experiences will take big steps forward.

When you experience them through this, your body will not know exhaustion. You have to experience this no matter what. Do you under stand? Without such experience, you cannot become a resonant body after you go to the spirit world. You have to make an effort to have this kind of experiences. Then, the times that you experience me spiritually and meet me in the half-awake half-asleep state will increase.

The more you do so, the more your spiritual vision will widen. Then, you will be able to know just while sitting down what I am doing. Moreover, although it is in your house, you will enter the realm where you can live with and attend your parents. You will see it, you will see that they really come and live with you. When that happens, then the door to the spirit world will open automatically. That is how it is. This is a practical problem, a practical problem. It is not some nonsense, but a substantial problem. Only when you do this, as you do your mission the whole spirit world will help you. Because they help you freely, all the things that you do will expand horizontally. (102-48)

Religion tells people to throw away and give up. Do you understand? [Yes] By denying in this manner, what is the one thing that is being sought after? By denying, you are not trying to destroy yourself, but are trying to resurrect yourself; this is the ideology, the ideology calling for resurrection. Do you understand what this means? [Yes] So, you have to have conviction about yourself, a conviction that surpasses the universe. I represent God and the universe from the position of goodness, and under any circumstance, I will remain unchanged . . . Do you understand what this means! [Yes]

Then, the phenomena that take place next are attacks from the spirit world. There will come spiritual attacks. There will be physical and spiritual tests. Do you know this? Have you ever gone through such spiritual or physical tests while you were in the Unification Church? [Yes] How does a man come to be recognized as one who has won victory as a man? Is he to win by fighting with a man? [No] It is woman who is supposed to carry on the test. You have to mercilessly defeat this test by a woman. No matter how beautiful a woman appears to tempt you, you have to remain unwavering. (95-88)

What "Experiencing the spirit world" means is that you are being connected up to the higher dimensional world. Moreover, when this takes place, you of today can have a relationship and conversations with saints and sages who have lived thousands of years ago and you can even confer with them. In other words, within this time frame of substantial life of today, you can have an experience and feel it with your senses. (4-225)

We are talking about the heart of God. When we consider the question of where the heart of God is, if you listen to the voice during your prayer, it will say, "You should listen closely to the words of the teacher. You should never make him sad. You have to make him happy"; this is the only thing that matters. This is what it will teach you. Moreover, when someone could not sleep because he missed me, the spirit world was opened up to him. This is the fastest way. The spirit world will be opened up. You will see what I am doing in America. This kind of things will occur. This shows that on the horizontal stage, you have created the realm in which you can experience with me, who has been the subject of faith, as the practical and substantial subject. You have to understand that this is a great revolution in the religious world. Accordingly, you must have such concrete experiences. (76-152)

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