A voicehearer’s path ~

Posts tagged ‘grace’

Ladders ~

171712911_c4eec580a3The concept of the ladder of deeds by which one climbs to heaven is interesting to say the least. It never seems to occur to those who feel that one must climb this ladder that it is not a matter of how much you do, but how you do it that matters to the One.

I rejected the “Grace only” doctrine of the Church not because I do not see it’s merit, but because I do not believe that the doctrinal stance actually explains the concept clearly enough for adaptation into one’s practice as a believer.  However, to claim that a “deeds only” doctrine could get you home would be just as false. I personally believe that the door to heaven is through the Heart of the believer, and can only be opened from inside, i.e. attitudinally, not physically.

Yes, most certainly the deeds one does, even amounting to a smile when it is difficult to do heartwdoorso, are reflective of the heart that is right before G-d, deeds are still only a reflection. The reason for my attitude regarding the Grace stance of the church is that it most often leaves open this attitude that one can lead as selfish a life as one desires, and pray for forgiveness in the end and be allowed into the Gates no questions asked. Remember, it was Y’shua himself that said one must obey the commands for the Spirit of G-d to dwell with us and within us. But, then, I believe in reincarnation, and suspect that such a soul could be sincere, and will be sent back to test that sincerity the kindergarten_team_picnext time around, try two or three lifetimes doing that, and you get sent back to kindergarten.

One of my difficulties with the idea that it takes knowing Y’shua as the person Jesus of the Christian interpretation is that this perception takes on an “It’s not what you know or practice, it’s who ya know.” (attitude),  sorry, that’s an earthly and unpleasant concept at best. Not my cuppa tea, and if that’s what the One wants, I think I’d rather be in Hell for eternity, for Heaven is not heavenly if it has adopted that particularly earthy pattern of thought.

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No. 12, spirals and lines ~

12) Harmony is attained through the Sacred Spiral. Linear thinking cannot achieve balance.

I thought at one time that I understood this principle clearly, though I am not so certain now, that I do. The Sacred Spiral has come to mean so many things to me, not all of them having to do with our journey through this life. The DNA comes to mind, first of all when one thinks of the Sacred Spiral, also the Fibonacci Spiral which expands in “squares” of the number, so prevalent in nature. The spiral is how our planets move through space, and our galaxies. So the principle may have more to do with how the Creator put us all in motion than how we will get to a place of harmony, except that, moving at all in this universe is sort of by spiral, when you think of the planet’s movement as you cross the street. Be careful, the very thought can make a person dizzy.

When contemplating the Circle of 5ths in music, the means whereby harmony is part of the entire composition, it is not difficult to grasp that the spiral is needed to create harmony, but then, that would mean that we would need to understand ourselves more completely as musical instruments being constantly tuned, than even as humans. I wonder, though, if that, indeed, is what we are; Instruments with free will, able to play whatever music we choose, and only really sounding “good” when we sing the song we were designed to sing. I don’t know, but that would mean that we would need to treat ourselves much differently from birth to death, would it not? The body is a musical instrument, and we need to keep it clean and practice the music often. Hm.

Yet, when one thinks of linear thinkers, one is put in mind of soldiers or mathematicians, who must think in terms of events and causation. Superb quality to have, linear thought, in context. Then why would it not lead to harmony? Mm, perhaps this addresses, then, the flexibility of musical improv as opposed to the regimentation of an entire flank of soldiers. That would make a bit more sense. One can be fully improvisational in music and remain in harmony, “key” with the piece one is playing, yet, if one attempted that kind of improvisation with most mathematical equations, I cannot perceive of anything other than gobbledegook.

OK, I can see that, we must remain flexible and able to move lightly and with grace if we are to remain in harmony with the whole. One soldier, given the music and a pretty girl, can dance rather well, if given the right circumstance, but it is not easy for an entire regiment to dance to the music, eh? (but, even in math, there is room for harmony, look at that spiral, knowing that what fibonacci used to explain it was indeed mathematical in nature.) This will take some more thought. Please add yours if you wish!

Balance and Beauty ~

Buddha taught that life led in moderation, called the Middle Way, was a life of balance. Most Native American tribes, and the Kaballists teach that beauty and balance are the way to live. They are the same teaching, from different perspectives. Our little Kung Fu master demonstrates the beautiful sense of balance gained from working with Tai Chi, a form of martial art developed for meditation and control rather than combat.

Part of the deeper beauty of all of these paths is that they do not teach a static balance, as though one were standing in one spot, never to move again, but a  dynamic balance that prepares one for the changes and jostling that are a part of everyday life. I love the path of mysticism, though could never truly enjoy life on a mountain top, living as a recluse. I like people, flawed, imperfect, warts and all, I love to be in the midst of things. I do not have to be the center of attention, in fact prefer to be a bit on the side, but I definitely like to be part of an interactive show.

I think the reason I was drawn to mystic spirituality was that there was always room for me to be an individual. I am just as flawed as anyone else, maybe even a bit more. I am not going to achieve perfection in this lifetime. But, though it has been a bit of a bumpy ride, I’ve had a lot of fun!

One of the most important tools in learning to walk that balanced path is the sense of humor, and here I am not talking of laughing at others, but learning to laugh at ourselves and our foolishness. Besides, if I hadn’t been kicked out of the Lutheran church for thinking in circles, life would have been incredibly boring! Garrison Keillor says Lut’rans can’t have any fun! I love the Prairie Home Companion, with Mr. Keillor’s dry wit and sense of the ridiculous. His entire discourse is a sort of gentle, laugh at oneself, lesson in living. One of my favorite characters of his was Guy Noir. Or was that Guy Noarr?

I was listening to the “tube”, (don’t often watch, but sometimes you see some worthwhile stuff on there,) and Professor Randy Pausch was mentioned. His sense of balance in the act of living and dying was probably as profound as any I have ever seen in action. Having every reason to be angry with G-d, having a young family and a wife with whom he shared a loving relationship, he died with grace and humor, leaving a wonderful legacy for his children.

Among the things most memorable was a comment of his that “Right up there next to being responsible and doing the right thing . . . . .this close,” and he held the thumb and forefinger apart for us to see, perhaps an eigth of an inch “Is having fun.” It would certainly be no shame to have seen this man angry and in tears, as the pain of parting from such a full life would be immense.

That statement is as close as one can come to expressing the concept of walking in beauty and balance. May he be blessed on his journey.

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