Sunday, September 23, 2012

PEACE, TRANQUILITY, AND HARMONY

We live in anxious times. People look around them, and they need not look far, and they find challenges in their own lives and in the lives of others, big challenges, and it has a way of leaving them living scared. Uncertainty can be disconcerting. But uncertainty is just a part of this life as we live in these fragile clay tents in a world that leaves us vulnerable to all the things that can come at us at any given moment. Everything is transient. We can't control that or change it. But there is a way of being that we can slip right down into that can settle us down. Part of the process of slipping in is accepting the uncertainty and our inability to control it in hopes of creating certainty. Learning to respond to all that is happening becomes so very important. As long as people live in the delusion that they can control it and control other people's actions, they will find themselves reacting instead of responding. Reaction is a presence that travels alongside people who are not at peace and have not learned how to rest, and respond out of a place of trust. The ability to respond is a presence that travels with the pilgrim who is learning to embrace the uncertainty and the transient nature of this life, and is coming to know and trust that secret life behind it all.

It is what it is. What am I going to be in it? Or maybe it's better expressed this way....How am I going to be in it?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

WHAT PROJECT HAVE YOU GIVEN YOURSELF TO?

It's a photo I took early this week. And the more I see it and get pulled deeper into it along with the bird, I can't help but think of the countless ways in which we all have been caged. And how that caging keeps us from going deeper. Keeps us from exploring out beyond the boundaries that have been placed around us. And how most of that is caused by our minds being caged. This life, our very being, is way bigger than culture and religion has allowed us to believe. There is way more waiting for us if we can break free from the domestication and all the mistaken notions that have dulled our senses in regards to the wild freedom we were meant for. No boundaries. Just wide open spaces for us to explore and soar into possibilities we can't even yet see from where we are now standing.

We all are a part of  New Creation unfolding and we have been invited to join in. But too often we are completely consumed with the projects that have been given some life by the culture we live in. Projects that do more to serve the survival of a system that most often never even begins to understand the project of New Creation. These projects do more to oppose it then advance it. Often times their very nature is the very opposite of the nature of New Creation. Nasty means will never lead to good ends. And the nature of New Creation looks too weak in the realm dominated by nasty means, and that leaves the masses rejecting it....even the part of the masses that says it's the mouth piece for New Creation. That mouthpiece usually can be found acting out in even more arrogant and aggressive ways than the dominant culture.

Going deeper has never been easy. Stepping out of the masses can be costly. It certainly opens you up to being misunderstood. It even might get you accused of not caring...of being passive.

Going deeper has nothing to do with not caring or being passive. It's actually an expression of caring more deeply than you ever had before while caught up in the projects of the out of sync systems and the troubling adventure of justifying nasty means for some good ends you might have been convinced of. This new path will most likely leave people thinking you have checked out because they can't possibly see how your new way of being in the world could change the world. And the accusations and misunderstandings are okay. It should be expected. When you step into the project of New Creation you will receive a new way of seeing.....it all looks so different from here.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

WE RUSH THROUGH AND MISS THE MIRACLE OF BEING HERE

Pascal said that it was important for us to always keep something beautiful in our mind. He said that a long time ago in a time I would assume was far less visually aggressive with things that aren't beautiful, as are the times we live. Try to not allow the soul diminishing out of sync stuff to come on top of you today.....everyday. Always keep something beautiful in your mind. Visit such things often and slow down enough so you don't pass by them having missed them all together. I'm crazy enough to even suggest that it might even be wise to spend more time caught up in the BEAUTIFUL and the mysterious and healing creation that surrounds us than the time we have to spend in the oftentimes brutal realm of necessity we all must engage in.