Monday, April 14, 2014

The "Trouble" section of the Gospel of Thomas: One-Liners for Meditation

Trouble arises within us when...

39. we begin to understand that what we thought were our primary sources for searching and finding Truth may have their own agendas and immature understandings, and that we must approach the Truth more intuitively and on our own.

40. communities, thinking they have the “only” view of reality, become cut off from their shared and abundant Source.

  1. we are faced with the kenosis that spiritual “finding” demands of us.

  1. we realize that to “be” we have to move into the holy present moment, releasing all the burdens of egoic clinging.

  1. we do not recognize the “fleshy divinity” of each living thing, including our spiritual masters and furthest stranger.

  1. we think by naming something to come into relationship with it, but we find we have only tried to concretize infinity.

  1. we realize that every thought and action adds to the granary of relationship or isolation, each creating its own fruit in time.

46. we understand we are called to live beyond our spiritual teachers by simply being ourselves and fully conscious.

47. we try to hold two competing spiritual paradigms at once—faith as institution and culture or faith as inner experience—and we must choose which path to follow.

  1. even as we hold relative and ultimate reality within ourselves, we doubt the inner strength it gives to us.

  1. we begin to recognize that the Kingdom is not a realm at all, and that any sense of being “chosen” begs the question: “who is the chooser?”

50. we realize we will only be able to comprehend or verbally express to others what we have “found” in the language of process and paradox.

51. 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.

52. we retreat into the dualistic mind of comparison in order to create a safe and familiar sense of ground beneath our feet.

53. we think that by engaging in socially mandated rituals, we will deepen our understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven.

54. we face the very real grace of our “spiritual poverty” rather than the false nature of “spiritual materialism”.

55. we realize that our allegiance to family, tribe, church or nation must be secondary to our inner experience of Truth.

56. when we think our relationship with the cosmos is rational, empirical and fully knowable.

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