If your spiritual guides say to you,
“Look, the divine Realm is
in the sky,”
well, then, the birds
will get there ahead of you.
If they say,
“It is in the sea,”
then the fish will preceded you.
No, divine Reality exists
inside and all around you.
Only when you have come to know
your true Self will you be fully known—
realizing at last that you
are a child of the Living One.
If however you never come to know who you
you are a poverty-stricken being
and it is your “self”
which lies impoverished.
The First Response:
Wisdom has no single place in sky or sea,
no place to rest its head on the earth
all places vibrate with it,
a spinning yin-yang
we can only glimpse,
when we begin to
lifeless blacks and whites.
But I challenge you:
Lean toward the gray,
toward the dust of the caravan ahead of you,
and feel the wind of process and paradox.
We are not called to merely sit,
but to dance.
Journey through Logos:
“If your spiritual guides say to you” is an immediate wake up call to us. This phrase points to the incompleteness of knowledge that is only heard, not experienced or lived from within ourselves. The danger of such things it that we might look to where such teachers point, thinking that is the whole answer; or worse, we may believe that by watching their proverbial finger, we can somehow participate in their experience. In truth, such knowledge will never equal our own breathing and experiential approach to the Mystery.
The inner teacher, the still small voice within us, is also the note that rings through all creation. So to see the state of sovereignty located somewhere above or below us, outside of us in other words, is not wrong per se, simply incomplete. It needs to ripen further. As our own senses begin to resonate with the presence of the divine both around us as well as within us, we come to a much clear understanding of who we really are.
And that self/Self understanding is a movement that is filled with everything, with all possibilities, with that very first creative energy that still illuminates matter. It is the opposite of poverty, because it is every fullness. In this sense, our union with the divine may begin with a sense of lack, but will blossom into a gratitude-filled acknowledgement that we are already the fullness we seek.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
Om purnam-adah purnam-idam
Translation: You are the fullness. There is fullness, here is fullness. From the fullness, the fullness is born. Remove the fullness from the fullness and the fullness alone remains.
Union: Breathe in, with compassion, that part of you that feels its poverty, its separateness. Really acknowledge and feel it, the poignant alone-ness that echoes there at times. Breathe out to that density and loneliness a sense of spacious connection, the small I-am ever held by the larger I AM.
To search means to unite and trust inner and outer experience as lamps along the pathway to our already-present connection with God.
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