Is the abode of God anywhere but in the earth, the sea, and sky, and air, and virtue? Why do we seek the heavenly ones beyond? Whatever you see, and whatever you touch, that is God. - Lucan
We are like any
other mammal, giving live birth and loving our offspring. Our cognitive power
is what separates us from the rest of the mammals. Unfortunately this cognitive
power has the ability to crush us with significant trauma. What you need to
do is to clear your mind of all that is preventing you from seeing God. This
is a huge task. From the moment of birth you begin to accumulate experiences
that can help, but mostly hinder your insight to God.
Jesus said, according
to the Gospel of Thomas, "When you strip without being ashamed, and you
take your clothes and put them under your feet like little children and trample
them, then [you] will see the son of the living one and you will not be afraid."
Jesus was telling these people to drop their inhibitions, remove the crust of
learned behaviors and responses.
When we conjure
up an image of small children dancing naked around a sprinkler on a hot summer
day, we can easily marvel at how free they must feel. They can feel the joy
and bliss of freedom without the weight of emotional burdens.
As we journey through
life we accumulate instinctive responses to hurts or fears. These responses
become second nature and become painful to explore. Then we shut down that emotional
freedom and become trapped in our own minds. Oftentimes "demons" prey
on us. These are the demons we read about so often in religious texts. We read
that Jesus went off into the desert for forty days and was tempted by the devil
during this time. Was this a real desert or a desert of the mind where his internal
demons fought for control?
We reflect back
to these previous experiences in the present moment. We may have previous relationships
that were painful. For example, suppose you had a relationship with someone
who was an alcoholic. You would become upset each time they drank to excess.
After that relationship ends you start a relationship with someone else who
isnt an alcoholic. Each time this new person has a drink of alcohol your
mind immediately jumps to the unlikely conclusion that this new person is also
This same transference
can happen with your friends. Suppose your relationship with your spouse is
very bad and that you are staying with your spouse only because of your children.
You are talking to a friend and she is describing a few instances where her
spouse hurt her. You immediately draw the conclusion that her spouse is just
as bad as yours. You have transferred this feeling from your spouse to hers.
Recognizing these experiences, feeling them in our bodies and preventing them from clouding our moment of reality should be our goal. They keep us from experiencing the present moment with a clean sheet of paper. Instead of immersing yourself in the present moment, you are replaying tapes from old relationships. You are doing this without any conscious recognition of it. Your mind is on autopilot.
Joel DiGirolamo, All material copyright PranaPower, LLC