Heaven and earth
will completely disappear
in your presence,
and the one who lives by means
of the Living One
will not see death,
because, as Yeshua says,
“The cosmos is not worthy of the one
who discovers the Self.”
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
Oh, my friend,
it’s never this or that,
and saying the right thing
must include the wrong by design.
Musical notes hang on their lines
but the melody evoked, where does it rest?
The brush strokes are but sea-foam to the ocean
of the artist’s vision,
and when I tuck my child in,
even though he’s 14 and resistant to such things,
it is the silence after the light is switched out,
that he nestles into
because of the fragile presence that has made it
loving and safe.
Journey through Logos:
This logion is about as close as you can come to articulating non-dual consciousness using largely Christian language. Heaven and earth are brought together in a single point, and living out of that singleness death is also transcended with the rest of the paradoxes of our journey. The fear that motivates our greed, our violence, our neediness is all incorporated within this larger Self, the True Self, as Thomas Merton called it.
The rest comes as a direct energy of this transformation; all the things we struggle with in life are unified and made whole within us. Nothing is neglected or rejected, nothing held up as a trophy or award. This leveling is not about losing anything that makes us juicy human being, though! It simply means that the shadows of our lives are now soaked in light and we have become steady, conscious and awake.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“We realize--often quite suddenly--that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn't define us, it has no center.”
“The way they perceive the world suddenly changes, and they find themselves without any sense of separation between themselves and the rest of the world.”
How do you react when you think of heaven and earth and death all passing away? What does this mean in your own words?
We enter into rest when all the parts of ourselves come together in wholeness, allowing heaven and earth and death to all pass away.
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