You poor are blessed,
for the realm of heaven
is already yours.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
used to mean
whole and ripe,
rich or endowed or happy even,
but that deep-in-the bones
everything is fair in the end
and in the middle
and at the beginning point—
a belief in a kind of foundation
that will never be
Journey through Logos:
Whole and ripe, that’s what blessed means to me. And poor here? It’s something beyond merely the material. It’s like the space that creates meaning within the walls of a jar, or the space between the spokes that forms the wheel as the Tao te Ching points out. It means being willing to let go of the branch because there is nothing material to cling to anymore, no false self to work so hard to maintain. Being poor is being exquisitely in free fall—no ground, no stored up grace, just the very face of being.
The word poor might also refer to the dark night of the soul, when we are stripped of meaning, consolation and ego. To be poor mean to be ever awake; each penny is meaningful, each mouthful of bread meaning-filled for eating is more than just satisfying our taste buds. It is a state that we can experience even if our bank account is very full, our job secure, our life deeply abundant in the ways of the world. We call it mindfulness, but it is very, very empty of expectation and evaluation.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“Remain still, with the conviction that the Self shines as everything yet nothing, within, without, and everywhere.”
“Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage”
What kinds of “positive poverty” are present within yourself? Draw them or write about them today, bringing them into a grateful consciousness.
Trouble arises within us when we face the very real grace of our “spiritual poverty” rather than our “spiritual materialism”.
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