Held within the unknown, people voyage through a shifting world; right here are god, person and world. Living these three central principles, we can confidently steer through the choppy waters.
When we experience God, in its formlessness, its presentness, its peacefulness, its loving kindness, we learn the most important thing about spiritual living.
In our sufferings, we can't understand: Is God crazy? Does God even exist? At least these fears are muted when God seems remote from our work-a-day self. This separation is something felt on our part. Really, God is always here. It's the center of our own being, It's the life and consciousness which makes us alive and conscious, the infinite "part" of ourselves.
The thing about God is, that it Is. God is. When God is, that means it does, indeed, exist. It also means that God is in the present; all time unfolds and stays presently available within this is-ness. Events aren't predetermined, but the great ascension we're seeking already Is. Also, God is not running around trying to do things. It doesn't make decisions such as, "I'll help this person," then, "not that one." And it never punishes anyone. Yet when we open to God, this infinite ocean of peace, any problem can be dissolved, instantly or in good timing, revealing the perfection which always Is.
So when we say "person," God is the center, the substance of every struggling being. To say "I am God and you are God," is the opposite of egotism. My ego, my longings, my very identity hit dead ends. This isn't defeat, but my choiceless choice, my bliss that calls. So I am impelled to start asking: Who am I? I turn: Whatever flows from this, flows joyously from this. We don't experience it every hour of the day, but increasingly we recognize the place whereon I stand is holy ground.
The story of this world, too, is to veer away from knowing our divine being, and then consciously to return. Prince Siddhartha had to leave his charmed life to begin his arduous journey to Buddhahood. The sage Yogi Berra said: "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be." If we never forgot that our self is the one life, how could we be many lives? Then we sink into troughs, only to stand up, and humbly accept our unique missions.
We need to face these problems, to feel that appearances are solidly real; then problems herd us home. The paradox: A holy vision is no less real. Because of the visionary nature of this world, there's nothing that can truly go against us or harm us. When the God experience raises our awareness, we realize our constant security; miracles always follow, according to divine purposes, whether we detect them or not.
If we're mountain climbing, and decide that every step must go upward, we wouldn't reach the summit. We have to cut sideways and sometimes descend, as we seek the way to ascend. Beloved, there are joyous days, which sing in their traces, their harness. "My yoke is easy, my burden is light." Our load enwraps bright illumination, so it lifts us.
Again, God is. And God creates everything out of itself, appearing as each one of us, both our core nature and our surface. Just as the substance of God is love, the substance of this world is love. We're unfolding the kernel of love interweaving us all. We reconcile this world unto love, and here we find sacred relationship within oneness.
To enter and reenter contact with our great self, this is the priceless treasure. Every effort in life prepares us to awaken to this sacred communion, the trinity of God, person, and world. The holy one.
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