Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Deeper than the bones

God isn't a thought.

I think I've tried to make this point enough times in this space, but we persist in thinking with the mind as though God were a thought, and this is where our understanding fails. "Scientific" thinkers (incl.  our dear misguided friends, the atheists) think everything is of the mind—and how could they help it? They know nothing else. But God is Nothing; and although I know this seems like a peculiar form of sophistry to those who use their mind alone to understand, it isn't. The inner eye is not of the mind; not of this one, anyway, and anyone whose inner eye is opened will understand this immediately.

Once in a while, during the course of a lifetime, an individual who thinks only with the mind may have the inner eye open briefly; yet few know what this is when it happens. It is described in various ways, but always by the mind that does not know. Because we're dominated by the intellectual mind, we have no real way of becoming free enough to understand with the faculties which are God-given and designed to sense and perceive without the intellect. They lie in the realm of Nothing; and they are Nothing, for they are not of this mind which makes everything a thing.

This is the conceptual mind that Ta Hui warned of: poisonous snakes and fierce tigers.

I can’t express enough this grave danger of believing everything from the mind. The intellectual mind has no actual idea of what life is; and unless the heart opens and the inflow begins, everything that one thinks one understands is inaccurate. Even the most esoteric or miraculous understanding means nothing without the inflow; even the highest form of knowledge cannot prepare a man or woman for what it means to have the inner eye opened and receive love.

The whole point I am trying to make is that life is fundamentally different than what one thinks it is as one reads this. It doesn’t consist of the things one thinks it consists of; the capacities one has for Being are not what one thinks one has. The miraculous qualities of the inner flow of an inward life exceed one's capacity for imagination to a greater measure than they exceed one's capacity for description.

Now, some people may think that the opening of the heart and the inner eye, and the receiving of  inflow of divine love, takes one away from the cares and responsibilities of this world, but it is quite the opposite. All that this action does is take away all of one’s "special" qualities—all those lovely aspects of one’s being that one held so dear and precious and thought were important and significant—and thrust oneself deep into the real world of care and responsibility. In other words, it does not take away the world, but puts one into it.

All of the characteristics and aspects that one thinks one has, that one "owns," good or bad, are outgrowths of selfishness, because to the extent that one thinks one has anything of one’s own, one is already selfish. Through the action of the opening heart and the seeing eye, through the action of the inward flow, one sees that one’s own self ought to be taken away, because it is not of the good

One sees that one ought to be filled with an entirely different impulse that comes from another level, and express that impulse, rather than one’s own impulses. 

And one sees, irrevocably, that Grace goes much deeper than the bones, and exceeds the understanding.

So if one wants to be in life, to live, one opens the heart, one opens the inner eye, and one says yes

In this saying yes, one receives; and in receiving, one learns a little bit how to love.

Hosannah.

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