Friday, November 29, 2013

DISABUSE


It takes a lot of courage....and trust...sometimes even in the reality you are having to abandon your views of.

Disabuse: to free from error, fallacy, or misconception

Too often, the religious narratives that get built upon over time around experiences human individuals and communities have with Divine Presence, end up being like a deep falsifying fog that shrouds the truth from us and serves as a wall keeping us out instead of a bridge that assists us in crossing over into new life. All we end up seeing are distortions of something that is far more beautiful then we are allowed to believe...imagine.

When fear enters (and fear is like a deep fog) and when freedom to explore is sealed off from us by the fear that religion usually promotes as a way of controlling people.....even if the people using it think they are doing it as a way of helping others, the result is the same. People get stuck in these famished fields that are so void of any real encounter, any real experience.

So then, the religious gig just ends up being a set of beliefs people aspire to reach some day, as well as a set of beliefs they cling to tenaciously, even when the beliefs aren't translating into reality.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

AWAKENING AND SURRENDER


We all accept a narrative/or narratives that shape our thinking. And then it is our thinking that shapes how we live and act in this world. Too often these narratives cause us and others unnecessary pain and cause great damage.

 And then there exists those narratives that inspire us and shape a kind of thinking within us that leads us to a way of being in this place that can heal instead of harm....can set free instead of enslave and control and force...can assist us and others in seeing with more clarity instead of doubly blinding us.

 The act of awakening and surrender is everything.

 "We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more. At birth we were awakened and emerged to become visible in the world. At death we will surrender again to the dark to become invisible. Awakening and surrender: they frame each day and each life; between them the journey where anything can happen, the beauty and the frailty. When the Celtic Imagination searched for the structures of shelter and meaning, it raised its eyes to the mountains and heavens and put its trust in the faithful patterns of the sun, stars, moon and seasons. Long before them the Greeks too had raised their eye beyond the horizon and recognized the heavenly patterns of the cosmos. There they glimpsed a vision of order which was to become the heart of their understanding of beauty. All the frailty and uncertainty was seen to be ultimately sheltered by the eternal beauty which presides over all the journeys between awakening and surrender, the visible and invisible, the light and the darkness."  ~ BEAUTY...The Invisible Embrace

Thursday, November 14, 2013

RETRIEVING WHAT WE'VE LOST



We've caused great damage to ourselves and others, and to the world, as we have severely neglected the inner life. Modern culture has left most people addicted to the external and haunted by a kind of belonging that can never care for the heart nor the soul. It's a way of being that actually causes a crust to form to where after awhile people fall completely out of rhythm with who they are, and oblivious of the immensity that dwells inside them, and inside the others around them, as well as inside all created things. Living in abusive exploitative ways of others becomes the norm and people end up thinking it's normal. When this happens, we are then just left wandering around, unable to sense the very wonder and beauty that is necessary for this life to make any sense and to carry any real meaning. When marooned in such a barren wasteland it becomes impossible to maintain any sense of graciousness and gentleness. It leaves people full of such devastating frustration that leads to a self absorption/self-preservation and produces a pain that can't help but go shooting out in all directions in all kinds of destructive/unhelpful ways.

 What will it take for transforming beauty to come back into focus? Do many even have any inkling as to what real beauty is anymore? Has it been so marginalized now in our fast paced modern culture to where most minds find the nature of real beauty too boring? Has the quick titillating surface hit, and the corresponding response it seeks, that is produced by a perversion of beauty that dominates our culture and becomes so ingrained in the psyche, left people stuck in the equivalent of a drug induced stupor? It certainly seems this is the situation many have settled for. Beautiful people, lost in false belonging that is constantly sold to them as the real deal.

 Until we as individuals make the personal choice to step out of the misdirection, nothing will change. We'll just go on and on feeling frustrated and empty and eventually hopeless and blaming everything external for our problems, when it was ourselves that made the choice to focus on the external, thinking that arranging it all in a way that we thought would make us happy, would make us happy. This script has always failed. It has never made people happy nor produced peace in one's life.

 One thing I have come to believe is that beauty has never left us. We left beauty by running off from where life is found and settled for something that promises us something it can never deliver. And in that space we lost touch with our native ability to recognize beauty and to live well. Each of us, ourselves, are the only ones that can change this situation for ourselves. Until we return to a way of being that nourishes our inner life we will remain confused and blind and will live like we are paupers, when in reality, we are surrounded by astonishing abundance. It is the eye graced by an awakened inner life that can pick up the Beautiful everywhere and then sustain it in a way to where beauty and peace and joy and rest become constant traveling companions.

Monday, November 11, 2013

KNOWING

Knowing, is the beginning point. It's a shining of a gracious light upon a threshold that lies before us we are in need of crossing.





One's presence really is what speaks ever so loudly about the healthy or unhealthy reality of their inner world.

 And with regard to these things, too many have forgotten that there is no condemnation in regards to it. Knowing what it is is a beautiful thing.

 If we become aware and we find healthy stuff going on there...that is good.

 If we become aware and we find that it is unhealthy stuff that fills up that space.....that is good too. At least we know..