Come into being
as you pass
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
What editors of life we tend to be,
adding the brush of highlights to good memories,
squirreling away the shadows at the back of closets,
giving the bad experience the sanctifying spin of lessons learned,
everything piled up on the shoulders of a weighty
Editors are experiencers of an experiencer’s experience.
What, then, is being?
Take ten breaths
Journey through Logos:
This logion tends to clarify the one that came before—that Yeshua is much more about taking things, ideas and self concepts out of our hands, rather than adding to them, much more concerned with the act of kenosis or self-emptying than beefing up the ego. I find myself actually writing this during the season of Lent, and the words go very well with the mood and temper of this liturgical time.
The trouble we encounter here is all about the practice of getting out of the way of ourselves. This sort of deep surrender to “nothing” at all, in other words, to practice surrendering for surrendering’s sake, is very foreign to most of us. Yeshua is in fact waiting for us to make the leap that the nothing we find is a great and brilliant fullness. We come into true “being” even as our past and future slip away. We find, in the parlance of the last few years, our Everpresent Now. In that place we realize that even our spiritual beliefs and practices must be seen through, regarded as the metaphors they are before a nameless and vast Mystery.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
Even as fire finds peace in its resting place without fuel, when thoughts become silence the soul finds peace in its own source. When the mind is silent, then it can enter into a world which is far beyond the mind: the highest End. The mind should be kept in the heart as long as it has not reached the highest End. This is wisdom, and this is liberation.
Knowledge of the Divine dissolves all bonds, and gives freedom from every kind of misery including birth and death.
Today, simply following your breath in and out, allowing it to find its own rhythm as you track it with your mind. When your mind is more quiet, simply sit and accept what your senses bring you without labeling or judging. Allow yourself to feel the spaciousness of simply being.
Trouble arises when we realize that to “be” we have to move into the holy present moment, releasing all the burdens of egoic clinging.
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