no one can dam up and no one can stop.
We search and search. We study and pray. We read books and scriptures. We meditate. We question. We doubt. We avoid and negate. We humans are not passive about God, even when we actively deny the existence of some “thing” called God or the Infinite or the Source or the Creator. Most of the greatest minds in the world — from many disciplines including science and philosophy — have pondered the quintessential questions about God. Are we searching for meaning to our own existence, for something more than the mundane birth to death and day-to-day aspects of our life? And for those of us who are seekers on the spiritual path, it may seem surprising to finally come to the conclusion that we, ourselves, turn out to be the destination we seek. That all we had to do was knock on the door and the Light would emerge from within us. Not from outside.
LESSON FIFTY ONE
WHERE IS GOD?
What we seek is seeking us.
So spoke the great Sufi poet/saint, Rumi. He got it. So did Jesus. He said in Luke 17:21 (KJV):
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Yes! Within you right now, just where God has always been. Not in some throne up in the sky, sending out judgements that reflect only our own ego needs about judging and approval and sin and death. After years of separating myself from a God belief that was based on a child’s view of God, I now see only the Eternal Light of Love springing from the one I care to call God. It does not matter whether or not you agree with me. I don’t seek to argue the logic of it. For years, I postured and felt smug in my arguments against God. Now my belief system has left logic behind a long time ago. Why? Because I had the experience of God, and the joy was so immense, there was no turning back. It is odd that it does not matter what you believe. The Divine is within all of us, no matter who we are, whatever our religion or lack of it. That is how immeasurable that Love is.
Swami Vivekananada wrote:
The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body,
the moment I stand before every human being and see God in him —
that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
For those of us who wish to explore and look inward, this becomes both a great freedom and a change that alters our perception of the world. How can we look upon another, seeing God’s Light equally in them, and still practice violence and prejudice and hatred? They are us! And we are all equal in this great Love from God.
We are not some unworthy, soiled piece of cloth. The expectation of all true spiritual paths is that we transform our thinking, that we abandon notions that we are unforgivable and lacking and not the embodiment of love. Most of us have wallowed in the pains of our own constructed world, not realizing that it is nothing more than a “play,” and, we, as actors in this play, still sit in the audience and extend love to our own false identity as the player.
As The 52 draws to a close, I believe that the suggestions in this lesson are among the most valued of all I have learned over twenty-five years of study, teaching, mystical experiences, and communion with the Divine. While it took a little while for me to completely embrace and understand the relevance of what I write here, I can only say that peace has come and fear has diminished. This can be true for you too.
Out beyond the ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
Shall we make it a date? I will look forward to meeting you there.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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