If flesh came into existence
for the sake of spirit,
it is a wonder.
But if spirit exists for the sake of flesh,
it is a wonder of wonders.
I am truly astonished
at how such richnss
came to dwell in such poverty.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
Season of Lent,
Gregorian chant resonating, as always, when I write,
skies gray, same with my shirt,
deep forest views so
just birds practicing meditative hops
beneath their half-stocked feeder.
Pile of tenacious vines heaped by one fence,
St. Francis statue finally turning a little mossy
standing, as he does, in a pile of found shells.
Munching hot wasabi peas,
now and again glancing at the cover of a book—
something about Icon writing.
I don’t think I need to open it just yet.
Journey through Logos:
Such a small turn of mind—not a spiritual being having a human experience, but a human opening to the vast richness of the world around us that is spirit-filled. And in that turning, we finally touch with humbleness and delight, the same play of spirit within. It’s like being lifted by a wave, like finally understanding the taste of really excellent dark chocolate, feeling like Mozart did when he said the universe had left music for him to find.
I find nothing in this that calls us to poverty, or subservient bowing but I do recognize humor, a child-like interest, and the textures of relationship in Yeshua’s gentle turn-around of how many of us understand indwelling spirit. Any lack of wealth is simply bound to an inability to open the senses and catch the icons all around us, all the time, and by that seeing, acknowledge the wealth that is in ourselves and everything else. It is a unified spirit, a relational spirit, whistling up attention and intention.
Flesh is not something secondary; it is the vehicle through which we awaken. Spirit serves us by enlivening us, calling us out to be bigger, more sensitive, more engaged by the millions of daily recognitions of spirit calling us to spirit. Rather than the model of “in” to the heart, then “up to heaven” and “out of the cyclic nature of existence (the daily grind?)”, Yeshua calls us out into the world to recognize our own heart and then understand that there never was an up or down, an in or an out. Or even real poverty and wealth.
God became man so man could become god.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.”
“When divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.”
“Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say 'I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me' free you shall be.”
First, bow deeply and think to yourself, I exist for the spirit. Now, bow deeply and think to yourself, the spirit exists for me. Stand and feel the reality of both states—can you feel how you are in relationship, not one idea of yourself or the divine above the other?
To Find means to be willing to acknowledge with each breath we do not exist for spirit—spirit also exists for us.
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