Wretched is the flesh
that is dependent upon the soul,
and the soul that is
dependent upon the flesh.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
If our hand never stroked
the imperfect skin of our lover,
looked into gray eyes
and watched, later
the sod fall on the coffin,
a lifetime flashed and glimmered and gone,
what use the soul then?
If we had never paused,
picnic spread out in the graveyard,
and wondered, wandered
out beyond such things
as beginnings and endings
this and that,
never learned to pray and BE
what use this body then?
Do not be so quick to stop living a full life;
do not be so satisfied to ignore the
urge to search
and be troubled
and to wonder
so one day, you will rest
in dynamic fullness
Journey through Logos:
Yeshua is trying very hard to show in this Logion the power that he himself represents, the fully embodied human who is fully in union with God. Humankind errs on either side, falling into pure body consciousness or trying to ignore the body wholly in favor of the “spirit”. Neither works quite simply because neither is reality. We are embodied. We are Spirit. And until those two pieces slide together seamlessly, there will always be struggle, confusion, anger and loneliness. Truly, Yeshua is giving us the very recipe for rest.
The impulse to move either way, more toward the body or more toward the spirit should alert us to a wound we are carrying within us, an inability to be vulnerable to some part of ourselves. Yeshua is as much healer as wisdom teacher, or prophet or “savior”. We are given such a great opportunity here to re-find the natural balance of body and spirit that God intended for us.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and human beings is thus bridged. Thus we find how, by knowing God, we find the kingdom of heaven within us.
As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid? As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.
Do you feel you err one way or the other, more toward spirit or more toward body? Why do you think this might be so? Is there a wound you can point to that makes this more understandable to you?
We enter into rest when we function out of the place that is equally of spirit and embodied being.
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