cannot think of any
reason to die
The Christian vision is that the world is a temple. If that is true, then our enemies are sacred, too. Who else created them but God? The ability to respect the outsider is probably the litmus test of true seeing. And it doesn't stop with human beings and enemies and the least of the brothers and sisters. It moves to frogs and pansies and weeds. Everything becomes enchanting with true sight. One God, one world, one truth, one suffering, and one love. All we can do is participate. I hope you enter the New Year with this awareness and an intention to join in with all your heart, mind, and body!
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=e7e97dca-aa8c-4586-b50d-5f9ee522f462&c=4d6fbfb0-7972-11e5-9400-d4ae529ce120&ch=4d742c80-7972-11e5-9400-d4ae529ce120Perhaps the "image of God" is the form, semblance, appearance that we blithely call the world, or existence, or this reality.
I long for people --
Then again I loath them:
End of autumn.
Hito koi she / hito mutsukashishi / aki no kure
(--death poem, by Chogo, died 3sept1806, age 45; in Japanese Death Poems, c.1986, Charles E Tuttle Company, p.153)
Mind as Water, Mind as IceFind yourself there wherever you lose yourself.
The Right Mind is the mind that does not remain in one place. It is the mind that stretches throughout the entire body and self. The Confused Mind is the mind that, thinking something over, congeals in one place.
(—Takuan Soho, "The Right Mind and the Confused Mind")
We have heard this phrase so often that we don't get the existential shock of what "created in the image and likeness of God" is saying about us. If we could believe it, we would save ourselves ten thousand dollars in therapy! If this is true--and I believe it is--our family of origin is divine. It is saying that we were created by a loving God to be love in the world. Our core is original blessing, not original sin. Our starting point is positive and, as it is written in the first chapter of the Bible, it is "very good" (Genesis 1:31). We do have a good place to go home. If the beginning is right, the rest is made considerably easier, because we know and can trust the clear direction of our life's tangent.
The great illusion we must all overcome is the illusion of separateness. It is the primary task of religion to communicate not worthiness but union, to reconnect people to their original identity "hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). The Bible calls this state of separateness "sin." God's job description is to draw us back into this primal and intimate relationship. "My dear people, we are already children of God; what we will be in the future has not yet been fully revealed, and all I do know is that we shall be like God" (1 John 3:2).
(--Richard Rohr OFM) http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=2a176d2f-7dd7-4ad8-9c30-9945fe81e555&c=4d6fbfb0-7972-11e5-9400-d4ae529ce120&ch=4d742c80-7972-11e5-9400-d4ae529ce120It's not what "I" have to reveal, but what "it" has to reveal.
MR. MULDOON: At least they weren’t speaking French
when my father sat with his brothers and sisters, two of each, on a ramshackle bench
at the end of a lane marked by two white stonesand made mouth music as they waited, chilled to the bone
Fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol-di-oh
for the bus meant to bring their parents back from town.
It came and went. Nothing. One sister was weighed down
By the youngest child. A grocery bag from a town more distant still, in troth.What started as a cough
Fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol-di-oh
would briefly push him forward to some minor renown
then shove him back, oddly summery, down
along the trench
to that far-flung realm where, at least, they weren’t speaking French.
(--from poem by Paul Muldoon, "At least they weren't speaking French", from transcript to "on being" with Krista Tippet) http://www.onbeing.org/program/paul-muldoon-a-conversation-with-verse/transcript/8282It rains in Maine this morning. We've gotten through Christmas -- the culture of creating a dimension unseen but in fantasmic making -- time without appearance.