Blessed are those who are aware
of the approach of thieves,
who know when and where they will enter
even before they appear,
for then they can arise and prepare
by gathering their sovereignty
binding to themselves
that which was there from the beginning.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
She walks into the church
finds a seat in the midst of the chairs,
neither back nor front,
the middle of the scale
the note anyone can sing.
She arrives early,
closes her eyes,
even as the choir practices—
their imperfection is the best part,
the stops and starts
as the director hears something off
in that gathering of voices.
She can’t hear anything wrong,
and that makes her smile
at the Mystery.
Journey through Logos:
This is the antidote to logion 102—the way to not be driven away from your feed bin in a sense. By living out of the sovereignty realized in the experiences of non-dual awareness, those who would try to steal from you—who try to take your creativity, your love, your individual expression of the Divine—are seen for what they are. Ironically this allows us to love the thieves in their own brokenness, even as we do not allow them to bear us to the ground with them. Like the way we love and yet see our parents for what they are, Yeshua is applying the same Aikido to the religious thieves of our world.
This is restful because there is no longer a struggle in the dark, no longer a flash of daggers cutting us nor is anything able to be taken from us. We see and can avoid that struggle, even as we stay engaged with the relative world.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“Watch the too indignantly righteous. Before long you will find them committing or condoning the very offence which they have so fiercely censured.”
“I swore that I would not suffer from the world's grief and the world's stupidity and cruelty and injustice and I made my heart as hard in endurance as the nether millstone and my mind as a polished surface of steel. I no longer suffered, but enjoyment had passed away from me.”
How do you find that place that is between hyper vigilance and calm and abiding awareness? What do you need to do for yourself to enter and maintain that sense of sovereignty?
We enter into rest when we are able to see the world accurately from our sovereign seat of deep awareness, even as the actions of that world continue around us.
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