The Fellowship of Awakening April 6, 2016
Salvation comes from my one Self.
Although you are one Self, you experience yourself as two; as both good and evil, loving and hating, mind and body. This sense of being split into opposites induces feelings of acute and constant conflict, and leads to frantic attempts to reconcile the contradictory aspects of this self-perception. You have sought many such solutions, and none of them has worked. The opposites you see in you will never be compatible. But one exists.
Image One: Nun with ruler: stock photo
Image Two: Scarecrow, Tinman, Dorothy & Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Explanation of Images: Paying attention to what other people are doing is a pastime and habit that we need to learn to look beyond. When we get caught up in monitoring other people’s lives and actions we lose sight of what we’re supposed to be doing. It’s not a good use of our time. We see our errors in others, after all, remember. We’re being asked to look beyond our past and our misunderstandings and mistakes, and we practice that idea by looking at the sanity and loveliness of our brothers. We’re here to support each other and lift eachother up. When we punish and compare and monitor we create resentments. We aren’t seeing him how he truly is. And we aren’t seeing ourselves as sane, loving and lovable either. We need each other in ways we cannot even fathom at this time. Can we make it a practice to give each other a break?