His students asked him,
When does “rest” for
the dead begin
and when will the new
“What you are looking for is already here.
You simply have not recognized it.”
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
I dare you—
ask a question that isn’t about the past
or anticipating the future, and every time
I bet you’ll find
you’ve entered into relationship.
No, I don’t just mean
the question itself,
a bridge of words
trying to straddle the gulf
of who we are, what we knew and will come to know,
notice how it feels,
asking with the mind rooted in the now.
Because it’s never the question itself,
but rather, the open-eared intent
any specific answer
that will hear
Journey through Logos:
It’s already here, right now, this moment. The Kingdom (or Queendom) is blooming with every breath we take if we make the choice to see. Yeshua’s been saying that, over and over, parable after parable, answering questions that touch its edges, living it for his disciples to see and still they are asking the words and not listening to his responses in a deep way.
This is the trouble with finding what we did not expect to find. Our whole lives, many of us have been told religion is about behaviors, prophecies, creeds, dogmas, realms that are concrete and somehow other than the lands and lives we now inhabit. The disciples wanted concrete answers that fit in what they understood the religious path to be. Until we comprehend the deep divide between the paradigm of the questions asked by the disciples and the answers that Yeshua provides them, we miss the entire point. The shift of mind and heart or lens as I have sometimes said, that moment when images become icons or signs become symbols once grasped is then always there, a light tucked into our shirt pocket that can be shined on the material world and make it come alive.
My father used to tell me that to learn something, we must hear it 17 times and better yet, 17 different ways. (He was an educator—can you tell?) If there are times when we become impatient with the disciples, perhaps we should remember my father’s teaching as well as the incredibly difficult message Yeshua was trying to convey.
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 realise that they know nothing.”
“As long as I live, so long do I learn.”
Today, you might try to draw a picture that illustrates the difference between an “idea” and a “paradigm” (how an idea is framed in its larger sense) or between an image and an icon. What did you learn from this work?
Trouble arises within us when we realize that the new paradigm we are asked to adopt is not what most people expect to find when they begin the spiritual search.
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