They say to him,
Tell us who you
really are so we
may believe in you.
He said to them,
“You have learned to read
the face of earth and sky,
but you do not yet recognize
the one standing in your presence,
nor can you make sense of
the present moment.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
How do you control the present moment?
By laying over it
call it a bias—
that folds the senses like a baby blanket
so the predictability is comforting.
If I told you
the person you see day after day
is never the same,
the road you walked before lunch,
the soup you lift on the battered silver spoon,
shivering and shifting,
some part of you might not sleep.
You will listen too deeply to the night.
Journey through Logos:
Yeshua captures here an important element of our daily consciousness, what we might call an overlay of expectation. That’s what belief does—creates a script that effectively frames the way we interact with reality. His disciples want him to author it for them, the way he should be seen and addressed and understood.
But one of the most important reasons Yeshua taught at all was to call attention to this energy of belief, particularly as it masks the present moment and our ability to see into reality. Belief allows the manipulation of people, of nations. Belief is almost always verbal, a layer between what is actually felt or experienced and what is expected. As long as we lean on belief, we will never be free.
Understand that I am not talking about faith, which is experiential, pre-verbal, whole-body and cannot be taken from you or bent to use by ill-meaning professional religious or political entities. The truth Yeshua is showing us is how little faith we actually have, and how difficult it is to come by when blocked by our “usual” way of mentally operating in the world. If we would honestly “see” our teacher and call him by name, we can only do that in the unguarded and spacious present moment. And once seen there, it will be evident everywhere and always.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. ”
“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your
Read a piece of poetry to yourself. Take a few moments of silence, and then read it out-loud. Did anything change in that experience for you? Sometimes, when reading out loud, we don’t have our “blinders” on quite so tightly, and new meaning and tones will creep into the experience. In what other ways could you interact with reality so that you are wholly and completely present?
We reign when we come into the present moment without the bias of belief nor the comfortable constructs that keep ground beneath our feet.
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