Originally Posted by u-dog
Definitely ever-present. There is never a moment when the Spirit is absent. Ever-perceptible? no... but that has more to do with our openess to perceive than with any characteristic of the Spirit him/her/itself.
Can you say more about what you mean by cyclic?
The metaphor of "wave" sounds right in my experience. I have never surfed (other than body surfing) but I often think when I'm preaching that this must be what surfing is like. It feels like the Spirit comes up behind and lifts me. There is an element of skill in lining yourself up with the wave and letting it have you at just the right moment but all of the power and energy belong to the wave. Also, if you miss the wave ... there is another one right behind it that offers another new opportunity to ride. Is that what you mean by "cyclic?"
Hmm. Not sure. Though I think my meaning of cyclic or phasic includes that sense of being in the zone WITH the force that is acting through you.
By cyclic, or phasic, I mean rather: does it manifest in annual cycles, or seasonal cycles? Does this spirit make you energized in one cycle and consume your energy so you have none available during the other? Does it have you reaching out towards the world in one phase and curling inwardly during the other?
That is what I mean by the nature of a wave. Alternating phases: in then out, high then low. That sort of alternation.