If you come to know it all,
and yet you yourself are lacking,
you have missed everything.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
When books become a conversation for you,
one wholeness listening to another;
when you can watch a horse run
small bucks in a too-tight pasture,
and not evaluate it;
when you can look out over the
and see how beautifully
the deep brown shines in the sun;
when you understand
the fire and pressure and kneading
the clay of your body has withstood
and find you are not lacking,
then the empty spaces in you
will become useful and
Journey through Logos:
Our culture is one that values “knowledge” in the form of facts, figures, information and how information exchanges work. It’s sort of like saying a dollar bill is something important when really, it is a piece of paper and ink. The value we give it is from our minds, from crafting ideas about its meaning. We might command a great deal of philosophical or theological knowledge, but again, these things are ephemeral and all facts, knowledge and learning can be taken from us. We are something more than those things.
We gather money, knowledge, facts and ideologies out of a sense of lack sometimes. But it is not enough to see the whole world alight and then picture yourself in darkness, as less-than, as anything other than part of am amazing living system. To do so, to make yourself as other than the “good” of creation, is to create separation within yourself and to subtly separate yourself from the blessings of that life.
There is a deeper movement in all things, including ourselves and that cannot be weighed, measured or sometimes even spoken about. And unless we touch that wonder, we have missed the essential holiness of everything.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
Today, whenever a sense of superiority arises because you think you know something, or if you find yourself born down with a sense of lack of any kind, shut your eyes and breathe into your belly. Reconnect with what is real, what God created and called “good”.
We are filled with Wonder when we see we don’t need to know it all because we are already that ALL.
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