Friday, April 4, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Hallmarks of Searching and Finding

These are the "one-liners" that I have distilled from each logion from the Gospel of Thomas...they give a pithy synopsis of the Way Yeshua is laying out in this important early Christian document.  Now on to the "trouble" section...tomorrow, maybe. :-)

To Search means:
1.     to prepare to enter into relationship.
2.     to be actively open to a transformation of consciousness.
3.     to unite and trust inner and outer experience as light along the pathway to our already-present union with God.
4.     we must be willing to transcend, with the vehicle of simple awareness, the vagaries of words, roles, age, gender and culture in order to see the Beginning Point of our journey.
5.     we know we will be successful in our attempt.  Indeed, it is inevitable that we shall find because nothing is truly hidden.
6.     we cease the endless examination of outward “spiritual” behaviors but rather, focus on an inward change of consciousness.
7.     all the pieces of ourselves must come to the Holy Communion table within.
8.     we must enter into  a process of discernment, ordering our lives around the big and possibly paradigm-changing intuition that arises in the dance between ourselves and our lives.
9.     we must nurture what we are able, both the seeds of wisdom we receive and those we pass on.
10. to look directly into the fire of the cosmos—the movement, transformation, and process that is I AM.
11. to pay attention to the breath-like dance of the two and the one, finally asking what is the movement of those distinctions in Itself?
12. we must stand not for institutions, teachers or books, but for the fire of the cosmos within us.
13. we must leave our comfortable words, concepts and personal mythologies behind so we are open enough to find.
14. to be courageous enough to shake off the dust of traditional or expected actions in favor of entering into a loving relationship with the world.
15. finding the bravery to look into the vast Reality that is the womb from which we've truly sprung.
16. to listen for the still, small voice of a greater unity beneath the cacophony of imposed opinions, rules and institutions.
17. to begin to be willing to explore the intuitive realms that our senses and dualistically conditioned thought processes cannot perceive on their own.
18. to become conscious of the breaking down of opposites, even the great “opposites” of life and death.

Transition Logion:  19.  The Search ends when we allow our senses to serve as open gates to pure awareness, which is both the Kingdom within and the Garden of Paradise without, the very process and state of Finding.

To Find means:

20   to allow ourselves to be gifted with the smallest seeds of the great Tree of Life.
21   to be willing to see the ripening happening within ourselves that cannot be hurried or pressed into a human sense of completion.
22   to use the gifts of attention, creativity and will with a child’s sense of belonging and place.
23   to fully recognize your unique sovereignty and utter interdependency with all of life.
24   to accept with full awareness that we are not called to worship, but rather, to Stand and shine forth who we were all created to be.
25   to preserve and cherish the larger community that helps us discern light. 
26   to open to all of ourselves, including our shadows, so that we might be of discerning service to others.
27   to begin to suspect the division between the sacred and the profane, between the acts and concepts of religion and the life of the spirit.
28   to be willing to throw off our inebriation and stand up into both relative and ultimate reality.
29   to be willing to acknowledge with each breath we do not exist for spirit—spirit also exists for us.
30   to be willing to find the unifying divinity that undergirds the many and varied individuals.
31   to truly see the divinity in all those around you, transcending your own tendency to mask and objectify them.
32   to move beyond only observing life and into the pulsing energy of participation.
33   to be willing to share our discoveries, helping to create the bonds of relationship.
34   to be willing to be ousted from “house” of our small egoic self so that we have room to “find” the spaciousness that is our truer Self.
35   to decline being pushed or led by others or tradition into the darkness of your spiritual path.
36   to be willing to be ousted from “house” of our small egoic self so that we have room to “find” the spaciousness that is our truer Self.
37   to brave enough to see our spiritual teachers without bias or artifice, freely seeing as they see us.
Transition (Logion 38):  The work of Finding ripens still more when we encounter trouble; finding fulfills the deep mission of the spiritual guide, which is to create students who no longer need him or her as simply someone to follow, but who begin to come to their own feet and stand—but this can be deeply troubling to us.

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