Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What feeds me?



From an email between friends yesterday, on the subject of what feeds us.

D:

So is it fair to say that since the Sun offers us something for inner life and the air we breath has the same possibility that everything in nature has something to offer? Of course one would have to know how to receive it - not automatic?

Me: 

I think one would say it is the entirety of life that can feed us. 


That entirety is comprised of many different elements, each one a different kind of food — in the same way that we might set a table with a dozen dishes and 40 or 50 ingredients in them. Not only is each meal of this kind of different, but throughout life, we sit down to the table of impressions and are continually fed with these rich variations. All of them are exactly like food; composed from the same ingredients, but creating an extraordinary variety of flavors and energizing us in different ways.

Every day is like that. As time dilates and we see the extended length of our being as it moves through each moment of the day, we continually encounter new kinds of food: our emotional impressions of our inner selves and our outer conditions, the sensory pleasures of real ordinary food, sacred impulses, and interactions and relationships. All of those foods help to grow being; and being is comprehensive.

 I never know what is going to provide the best kind of food in a moment. Sometimes the least expected things become a higher kind of spiritual food. At other times angelic energies are sent. One just doesn't know what will come next; and hence, perhaps, the phrase, "my cup runneth over." That phrase is not just an analogy, but a real description of how generously we can be fed if we become more open to the inward flow of the divine intelligence.

There are times when the inflow is less available, when my being has a low state of energy and not much is being sent. 

But then there are many times when it is much more powerful; and I understand that as Grace, because it is always sent, never anything I do.

Every time I try to force myself to see some higher purpose or ingest some higher food, it's an empty action. I always have to wait with my lamp lit.

Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.Praise the Lord with the harp;    make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.3 Sing to him a new song;    play skillfully, and shout for joy.
For the word of the Lord is right and true;    he is faithful in all he does.The Lord loves righteousness and justice;    the earth is full of his unfailing love.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,    their starry host by the breath of his mouth.He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;    he puts the deep into storehouses.Let all the earth fear the Lord;    let all the people of the world revere him.For he spoke, and it came to be;    he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations;    he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,    the purposes of his heart through all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,    the people he chose for his inheritance.13 From heaven the Lord looks down    and sees all mankind;14 from his dwelling place he watches    all who live on earth—15 he who forms the hearts of all,    who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;    no warrior escapes by his great strength.17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;    despite all its great strength it cannot save.18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,19 to deliver them from death    and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;    he is our help and our shield.21 In him our hearts rejoice,    for we trust in his holy name.22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,    even as we put our hope in you.

Hosanna.




Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.

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