Spirituality and Religion – September 17 2018

Spirituality and Religion – September 17 2018

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
Anaïs Nin
 
Once self-awareness dawns in you, the questions you can ask about yourself, about how you think and feel, have no limit. Self-aware questions are the keys that make consciousness expand, and when that happens, the possibilities are infinite.
Deepak Chopra
 
When we live identified as our ego self, we are prone to fear. We are at the mercy of the things around us, everything separate, everything potentially dangerous. We find ourselves continually in judgment, for that is the ego’s job: to parse out what is dangerous from what is not dangerous. The result? We live continually in a state of dis-ease. Never quite happy, never quite feeling safe. So we look for something to hang onto. Something solid. Unfortunately, though, we are looking in the relative world wherein the only constant is change. Nothing stays the same. Ever. 
 
Religion offers a solution. Religion will tell us what is. Religion will provide us with answers, based in their dogma and in the writings of the prophets and teachers recognized by that religion.
 
This can lend comfort to some. But what we find is that, even though answers are given, questions continue to arise within. For whatever reason, some questions seem unanswerable by religion, and some answers are unsatisfactory. So questions continue to arise.
 
In truth, it is our nature to question. It is built into the fabric of our being. From our perspective as humans, it is part of our continued evolution. The need continually to solve the ‘problems’ of life in order to progress, in order to evolve. 
 
But even more to the point, it is the nature of our identity as Spirit to question. For as Spirit, we are here having this human experience for the sole purpose of remembering what we truly are. We are here in order continually to be given opportunity to ask of ourselves, who am I? I have a body, but I am not this body. Who am I? I have sorrow, but I am not this sorrow? Who am I? I have thoughts, but I am not these thoughts. Who am I? I have fear but I know I am not this fear. Then who am I?
 
This is spirituality. Rather than to find someone or something to give us answers, we find ourselves asking questions. We intuit deeply that our world can be bigger, more full, more alive, more fulfilling. We know that there must be more to life than what we have experienced so far. We recognize that in an infinite universe, the part of it I have yet to experience must, by definition, be infinitely greater than what I already have experienced.
 
And as we live this life of spirituality, as we continue to open ourselves to new questions, we find ourselves coming to rest upon that which never changes. The essence of what we are. The inner truth of what we are, which is our connection to that which always is, always was and always will be. Our connection to the whole of life. To Totality Itself. The more we can allow ourselves to rest in this truth, and stand upon this truth, the less we will need to grasp at those things outside ourselves. The less we will need to seek safety where safety cannot be found. From this perspective, we can begin to see the relative world as what it is: a playground. A field of opportunity. A realm of infinite possibilities. A place in which to experience what we truly are at the core of our being: happy, joyous, loving and free expressions of the Divine oneness.
 
Today I will let go of my ideas of who and what I am in order to discover something new about myself. I will assume the good will of the universe and let go of my need to find safety. I will try out a smile on someone just to see what happens.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Easter Sunday Morning, Park City, Montana
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