Sunday we explored the idea that we are already in union with God and not separated from Him- already in the flow of God.
God taking on the human physical form of Jesus (aka the incarnation of Christ) reveals to us that the human nature and the divine nature are not incompatible. Rather than being incompatible, we are designed in our humanity to participate with and reveal the divine. Our lives are an opportunity to show God's divinity in and through ourhumanness. Unfortunately, the illusion that we buy into, is that we are separate from God. Not to say that we are God, but we have been made and contain His image in our very being. When we can let go of the illusion of our separateness, we will begin to find that we can have life beyond our wildest dreams. Labels of good or bad, in or out, fade as we embrace the union that is found in God. We begin to walk in the source of relationship which is God- in love and grace first toward ourselves and then toward others.
Letting go of the illusion that we are separated from God is the work of a lifetime. Our "get ahead at all costs" culture and our egos fight for first place in our thoughts and hearts. We also have been conditioned and, if we are honest- have nurtured, the habit of separateness for a variety of reasons/motives- pride, selfishness, fear, ego, self-will, approval, etc. It is in being honest about our motives, open to God, and willing to let go of our illusion of separateness (badness) that we can begin to heal. If we start with the illusion of separateness, rather than the "sin" (selfishness, self-will, etc) we find that the "sin" takes care of itself.
One of the primary ways God breaks down our illusion of separateness is by inviting us into a journey of silence and solitude. Anthony DeMello says, "silence is not the absence of sound, rather the absence of self." When we say yes to God's invitation to experience silence and solitude we embark on a lifetime journey of our ego or false selves becoming less, so that our true selves (our lives in Christ) can flourish (see Colosians 3). Silence invites us into, as Thomas Keating says, "God's first language." Everything else is a poor translation. Silence creates in us a receptivity to God, and if we stick with it, a journey with God that will transform our lives, as well as overflow into the lives of those around us.
Reflect this Week:
How can I practice silence this week?
By Babs May-Clark