November 14, 2012
Rise And Soul
We were only ever here right now and can only ever be here right now. Have you noticed? Even thoughts of a past and future can only happen right now. There is no other place. So freely shed or question all that you thought you were or even what you think you will be, and know this moment–for you are that, and there is nothing else.
November 12, 2012
Rise And Soul
Most of us grow up and develop a very vivid picture of God–made up of numerous concepts and beliefs about what God looks like, how he acts, where he lives. Even the common identification of God as a “he” comes from our beliefs. It’s quite funny really because the same approach we use to comprehend God is the same approach we use to know human beings. The irony is that, in endeavoring to know God, most of us understand that we are setting out to know something beyond our humanness, yet still we rely solely upon our human mind and faculties to get us there.
Knowing that God is beyond our humanness, we must also know that God is beyond any word or thought that our human mind could have about it. One spiritual teacher has stated how absurd it would be to think we could know God with just a few vowels and consonants. Indeed it is, but that absurdity is a familiar path for many of us.
It can take time to release the images and beliefs we have of God, to release an infinite God from our finite human concepts. But the effort is more than worthwhile, it is essential to our growth. These images can be incredibly debilitating to a direct knowing and understanding of God, as our concepts and beliefs act as a wall to the direct experience of the fullness of God. If however you have understood on some level that God is all, then it shouldn’t take you too long to know that God can be experienced everywhere at all times, including right here and including both within and outside of you.
So what is the value of words or thoughts? Take even the statement above “God is all”. It points to a truth, but it is not itself the truth. That statement points to a reality and experience that goes beyond the words. That experience can be realized in silent prayer, communion–beyond words and thoughts. However, the truth the words point to can be an entry point into that silent contemplation, where God can be experienced and sensed directly.
November 10, 2012
Rise And Soul
As we project our beliefs onto Life’s (God’s) canvas, we cease to experience God and instead experience a world created by our belief—a world that is often fraught and contradictory. In the realm of our belief, one circumstance is good, another is bad. One person is good, another is bad. One body is well, another is sick and diseased. One path is right, and another is wrong.
We quite literally take the world around us and color it with the values contained in our beliefs, be they good or bad or somewhere in between. Despite our tireless efforts at assigning those values, there still remains only one true value, and that is God.
In our self-created world of beliefs, we come to know all evils and their so called good counterparts. For example, we know losing as we come to vest our belief in winning, we know death as we establish our belief of birth as a beginning and death as an ending, we know sickness as we compare our condition to our beliefs of what it is like to be well. Without such opposites, the innocent and pure canvas of life, God’s canvas, would be revealed–white as snow. A canvas that forever remains unchanged, forming the essence and core of every aspect of life appearing upon it.
As we contemplate, question, and release the beliefs that assign our value to the world around us, we begin our journey toward realizing the value of God in what we see. We return to knowing the life appearing on the canvas as an extension of God. We then offer less and less resistance to life circumstances, and instead rest in the God nature that we have come to know inside and can now increasingly see outside in people, places, and events. That nature is forever giving—bestowing every experience and form of life necessary at each moment. It is boundless and fully active in Love. Only as we project our belief onto it can it become something other to us in our experience. So let us question and allow our beliefs to be released, so that we may know the truth and benevolence given by the only one capable of truly giving, the only value: God.
October 21, 2012
Rise And Soul
In any seeming ending or beginning,
Love is the power.
October 19, 2012
Rise And Soul
It seems there is a body that has taken its last breath. But is this death that I see? Please shut my eyes, so that I can know the truth with my heart.
This my friend was not death at all. It may seem that we danced here in this physical world together for a time, as these bodies we often think we are. But the body is only the surface of a reality that can’t be seen or heard with physical sense. The dance was and always has been in heaven–shapeless, formless, eternal.
The love and warmth in our hearts is the closest I can come to describing this reality in words. But words are far too limited to hold its perfect and joyous splendor.
So I beg you to look past my body now as it appears to stand, lie,or even die. Rest beyond all physical sense, beyond all words and thoughts. Rest deep, rest gently, to find the place of the infinite and eternal Soul, whose only activity is Love.
Find me there, and know me in Truth–not as a name, a body, or any life circumstance, but know me as Love. When you find me, you have also found you. In reality, in Love, we were always One–and never were nor could ever be two.
As the Soul extends its activity of Love beyond this physical body, rejoice, for it is truly a glorious day. It may not seem so to the human mind, with its interpretations and physical senses. But keep looking beyond and you will know the perfect truth of our dance in heaven, for which gratitude is all that can remain.