COURAGE IN THE FLOW

We earn the title of “human being” when we’re able to live out values
Higher than our everyday concerns –

Some examples are:
Love, truth, justice, beauty,
And “Good” – an alternative word for “God.”

Before enlightment, if and when that ever happens,
Each choice we make will be determined by our earlier unconscious choices –
Made without self-reflective thinking –

But to live “in the moment” – like God does –
We need the same inner freedom that God exhibits.

In order to accomplish that, however – we’ll need to shake off our elaborate egos
And ersatz societal roles –
And become free enough to resurrect our original true self.

It’s not sexuality that our predecessors, Adam and Eve, wanted to cover up –
It was their “self-made” artificial reality –
Which can only be changed by gaining the ability to see the world through God’s eyes.

Christianity, in order to justify itself, has promoted a misleading standard for all humanity –
“Perfection” –
But, after all, even God isn’t perfect in a mathematical or abstract sense –
Because God is alive

Like nature – just on a higher level.

So, to condemn ourselves as sinful because we haven’t achieved “perfection”
Is irrational
Because we aren’t –
And never will be.

One day, however, we might decide to be “born again” – like Jesus recommended –
And, as a consequence, be able to experience full reality –

The same as God –

After which, hopefully, we’ll start making intelligent-loving decisions,
Discovering all it took was

Courage in the flow –

That’s all –

Just a little courage
In the flow.

THE PALE BLUE DOT

3.7 billion miles distant and still moving – on its way out of the solar system –

It’s 1990, and Carl Sagan has requested one last photograph from the Voyager 1 space probe –
So the camera turns and takes one final image of earth –
A “pale blue dot” from that distance – smaller than a pixel –

“Click.”

Think about “time” – how little is taken up by a single human life –
By humanity as a whole –
Or even by “life on earth.”

Given this, shouldn’t we be thinking about God’s perspective on things more
Than our individual egos?

After all, human beings were created by God
While egos are self-constructed –
Shadows, really, of our true selves.

Oops, that pale blue dot just got lost in the sunlight –
But there’s no “word” for the kind of world that’s no longer able to see itself.

Nothing’s ever lost, however,
No matter how large or small –
Size doesn’t matter to God
Only “reality” does.

That pale blue dot is loved by God beyond all human fathoming
Carrying the potential of an intelligent-loving, self-conscious form of life –
And, it’s a fact that a small number of these have already appeared –
But God has promised that more are on the way – and, one day, will include everyone.

Later on, when God gets in a much better mood,
God intends to place this beautiful blue planet on her ring finger –
Like a “blue-water” jewel –
Radiating light and life and literally infinite quantities of love –

Nothing will ever be discovered as valuable as this in any other universe!

Yes, it’s true our blue/green earth constitutes a jewel
God’s gaze has been centered upon –
Proof that God has decided to “marry” this tiny world that
One day, could be filled to overflowing with intelligent/loving human lives –
Innumerable “Friends of God”.

If you want to see our “pale blue dot”:

THE FUNNY THING IS

The funny thing is –
When you start moving closer to God
You also begin losing pieces of yourself –

And when your goal is reached
You’ll be completely gone –

Gone,
But still there.

It’s only your artificiality that’ll really be gone.

At that point, you’ll be free enough –
To stand in front of God – face to face –

You won’t be able to see yourself though –
Even though others still will.

Yes, it’s true, once you finally let go –
And are no longer there –
You’ll actually be more there than you ever were before.

FRIENDS AT LAST

Here’s how God “works” –

Just when everything’s looking good
And our humility’s decided to take a hike –
God will place a few unexpected obstacles in our path
To trip us up.

Isn’t it obvious that the more humility we’re able to retain –
The more our capacity for love can grow –
Which is why God wants us to experience a few failures.

God encourages greater humility to accompany increasing success
So we can continue experiencing our vulnerability.

It’s like riding a bike – the faster we go –
The less thought we need to give to what we’re doing.

This is what God wants
And what Jesus gave his life demonstrating:

“One eye on ourselves
And the other on God” –

If we can live this way
We’ll find God and ourselves
Becoming friends, at last.

DOWN HERE ON EARTH

If “life” after life were guaranteed
It might be easier to accept wasting this one.

But are we really so different from the leaves
Which bud, sway awhile in the wind,
And, eventually, join an autumnal heap –

Are they also going to heaven?

Or, rocks, which we know eventually turn into dust –
Will they one day find themselves reconstituted as “heavenly” rocks?

Paul tells us that we’ll have a resurrected body, just not our own flesh and bones –
But imperishable, perhaps hard as emerald.

Other people believe they can go on living – at least in memory –
Which is why they spend so much time building monuments to themselves.

But aren’t we all going to “drop” – eventually – just like the leaves?

And should we complain about this –
Given a lifetime of free activity,
And, hopefully, love –
Hasn’t that been a terrific bargain?

If death is real –
Then, logically, each passing moment is a unique miracle –
With the love we experience constituting our only “true heaven” –
And what we should be praying for –

Especially since – after we pass over –
Love will probably be the only gift we’re permitted to retain.