If the blind are leading the blind
they will topple together
into a pit.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
In darkness, better to take that sliding step,
let your toes grow eyes,
learning how to sink and anchor;
don’t worry how long it takes—
what is time in this place where you
cannot see the clock?
What sounds and sensations now
in ways once easily ignored,
so driven were you,
your right arm hitched up,
your shoulder pushed to your ear
by the blind rush along
Choose to not be pushed or led,
and your path will smooth out in time,
a dancing beneath a wide and brilliant sky.
Journey through Logos:
Yeshua adds to his wisdom teaching about the process of searching with this simple admonition—chose not to be led or pushed, even when it seems dark and you feel blind. Trust your own process, your own discernment and only then can you enter into the fortified city on the hill or become a lamp that spreads its light and a voice that calls out from the rooftops.
He seems to understand that we so easily give our trust to others, give up our ability to walk a path at our own pace and in our own time. As a model, we can see he embodied this idea of fearlessness, teaching in cities and in the wilds, in places of worship and at the wedding feast. He was able to tread in places that were darkened to the priests and teachers of his day, trusting in the light within him to illuminate those liminal cliff edges. That is the deeper message of this logion and it is one that resonates through the whole text: stand fearlessly and own the wisdom you find—you will not fall then, even when the whole world is dark.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realize that they know nothing.”
“If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.”
If you have been deeply immersed in the Christian tradition, do you find it more difficult to hear the “inner” message these logion may be trying to disclose to you? Similar to naming something and thinking that we know it, sometimes when we hear familiar words with a different ear, a listening ear, we find fresh meanings. What has been the experience of this deep listening for you so far?
To Find means to decline being pushed or led by others or tradition into the darkness of your spiritual path.
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