What your own eyes cannot see,
your human ears
do not hear,
your physical hands cannot touch,
and what is inconceivable to the human
mind—that I will give to you.
Translation: Lynn Bauman
in The Gospel of Thomas:
Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
Let the out-breath go,
pushing your skin large,
breaking the connection between
where the tangle of the blackberry bush,
finally loses its thorns,
where the water warms then dissipates at your touch,
where even the swirl of galaxies cannot hold you
and yet, you can still dwell
as a small brilliant flame
in your sweet beating heart.
Journey through Logos:
Yeshua relentlessly calls us throughout this Gospel to be bigger than our own precious skins, to transcend the grasping and often fallible ownership of our senses, to begin to find a touchstone in the metaphoric and spacious world. Other logion will balance this seeming other worldliness, though, asking us to begin to recognize that peace of heart and mind will require of us an ability to bring together both relative and ultimate reality. In other words, we will be challenged to move in this world, but with the understanding that there is a deeper layer providing its foundation and ultimately, its meaning.
This logion, too, might be looked at as a call into a different kind of relationship with not just our bodies and world, but with the other beings who we “interpenetrate” with every act of breathing, seeing, touching. We are so much larger that our own skins, and often it is in community that we begin to practice the skills of compassion and empathy—of recognizing the oneness beneath the many-ness and the unity beneath seeming duality. Watch for other logion that will begin to soon expand upon this theme.
When we get beyond “our” bodies and minds, we will encounter a spaciousness that can definitely inform the way we approach problems, interactions with others and with the many faces of our inner world. In a sense it is the ultimate way to put all the challenges and joys of life into perspective, catching the silence between the in-breath of self and the out-breath of expansion and eventual annihilation. This is the very home of the still small voice, reconciling opposites into union and yet always dynamic.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
Know the Self to be sitting in the chariot, the body to be the chariot, the intellect (buddhi) the charioteer, and the mind the reins. The senses they call the horses, the objects of the senses their roads. When he (the Highest Self) is in union with the body, the senses, and the mind, then wise people call him the Enjoyer.
· Katha Upanishad, 1.3.3-4
As large as this ether (all space) is, so large is that ether within the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained within it, both fire and air, both sun and moon, both lightning and stars; and whatever there is of him (the Self) here in the world, and whatever is not (i. e. whatever has been or will be), all that is contained within it.
· Chandogya Upanishad, 8.1.3
That which is not uttered by speech, that by which the word is expressed, know That alone to be Brahman, and not this (non-Brahman) which is being worshipped. That which one does not think with the mind, that by which, they say, the mind is thought, know That alone to be Brahman, and not this (non-Brahman) which is being worshipped. That which man does not see with the eye, that by which man sees the activities of the eye, know That alone to be Brahman, and not this (non-Brahman) which is being worshipped. That which man does not hear with the ear, that by which man hears the ear’s hearing, know That alone to be Brahman, and not this (non-Brahman) which is being worshipped. That which man does not smell with the organ of smell, that by which the organ of smell is attracted towards its objects, know That alone to be Brahman, and not this (non-Brahman) which is being worshipped.
Sit for a time, breathing deeply in and out. Then, on a mindful exhale, imagine yourself expanding out to the limits of your imagination. Hold there and inhale, then exhale and make yourself bigger still. Continue this until you feel impossibly large. Then, out-breath by out-breath, bring yourself back and back until your mind can rest in the center of your heart like a small flame of consciousness. Feel what it is like to be both vast and small, bound by senses and then unbound even by this earth. How will this kind of “knowing” affect your relationship with yourself and others?
To Search means to begin to be willing to explore the intuitive realms that our senses and dualistically conditioned thought processes cannot perceive on their own.
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