Mystery

Faith stripped down
to its essentials
is Mystery;
Doing so is Mysticism.

God is Infinite Holy Mystery
that draws near
through Incarnation.

You and I 
are called into God.

When I accepted
the silent immensity
that surrounds us,
infinitely distant,
yet infinitely near;
When I received it
as a 
Sheltering Nearness
and
Tender Love;
When I accepted my own life
in all its consciousness,
in all its humanity,
with all its yearning,
(only possible with Grace)
I trust
I have attained
A Mystical Experience of
Faith.

In accepting my life,
I fall into the unfathomable mystery
at the heart of my existence,
requiring loving self-surrender.

It has NOT made everything clear;
(very little, in fact)
God does not spare me
Bewilderment.

But I know
God is Present
where my life is lived
Honestly,
Bravely,
Eagerly,
Responsibly,
Lovingly,
Compassionately,
even without any reference to
religion.

This, indeed, is my Faith.



Being Closed

When I was rigid
and prejudiced,
thinking I knew the right answers
to life’s Questions,
I was unable to
change my mind
and accept something
completely new.

Accepting all the answers
taught and preached me,
I could not receive
the Intuition of
a supreme and transcendent Reality
all about
and
within me.

Convinced of my own wisdom,
proud of my own capabilities and achievements,
committed to personal ambition,
I was not Free
for the experience
of Transcendent Reality.

Not through any of my actions
did an awareness of
the Divine Within arise,
almost unobserved.

An Awareness of the Divine Within
was growing in me
before I even had any idea of it.

By simply
Being in Love,
I was growing in awareness of
and becoming One with
the Divine,
BEING-in-Love.

Detection

I try to make
a deliberate and sustained effort
to detect the Will of God
in the events in my life
and
to bring my whole Being
into harmony with that Will.

To do so,
I find I need to relax the tensions
of my exterior Self
in order to move in a mode
that escapes my understanding
and overflows in all directions
beyond my capacity to plan.

I try to identify
the real direction
events are taking me,
based on my own background and traditions,
not on dead conventional wisdom, doctrine, and dogma,
but instead on dynamic growth and movement.

Though I continue to learn
from various organized movements,
I do not associate too firmly with any of them,
not because of differing views,
but simply because
I have found I can grow more
by myself.

Nonetheless,
I feel
an intuitive grasp
and even an empathy for
what is most genuine
in the characteristic movements
of the day.

Connection

I find
a subtle, yet inescapable,
connection
between the Sacred
and an acceptance of
my innermost Self.

Recognizing
my obscure and unknown Self
I sense
a Presence
within.

This awe
which seems Sacred,
is not some magic illusion,
but a release of
Spiritual Energy
re-uniting
that which is deepest in me
with the transcendent power
of the Divine.

Doing so
seems to require
a deep humility,
an acceptance of all
that I may have rejected
or ignored
in myself.

There is something purifying
about acknowledging
my dark side,
bringing my inner Self
back to the Light.

I do not need to
hate, nor condemn, myself,
finding the peace I need
in this connection with
the Divine Presence
within.

All the Wrong Places

When I Looked for Happiness
outside myself,
my Quest, in fact,
became a flight
from the Divine and from myself,
a flight that took me
farther and farther away
from
Reality.

In seeking Joy
outside myself,
I gave up my freedom
to enter my own Home,
a sanctuary
of
God.

I needed to
recover
myself,
salvage my dignity,
recollect my wits,
and return to my
True Identity,
One with my Creator.

I needed to
Be in Love,
to Be Love,
as
God is BEING-in-Love.


Truth

Truth

is not something
forced upon life
by way of dogma and doctrine,
but something which
life, itself, provides
for any disposed to receive it.

Our task in life
is to dissociate ourselves
from hierarchies
that provide clear-cut infallible dogmas,
and to distrust such doctrines,
not in a spirit of negativism and rejection,
but rather by
trusting life, itself,
nature,
and the Divine
about and within us.

Those that claim to occupy
the place of God
have shown themselves to be
the blindest,
cruelest,
pettiest,
and most ridiculous
of all the false gods.

God
is
BEING-in-Love
and
I am one with God
by
Being in Love.

I am
because
LOVE IS.