False gods are a dime a dozen these days, including leaders who promise to fix everything that troubles us.
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Get out the popcorn; it’s going to be quite a show!
Who could dispute that these are not fascinating times that we live in? Regardless of what Hollywood comes up with for our entertainment, life is where the real adventure is. Of course, it seems safer to sit in a darkened theater knowing that in a couple of hours the lights will come back on and all those challenges will go away, but we also have to return to life and those challenges don’t vanish when the projector shuts down.
The movie of life is as difficult to predict as a blockbuster film. What we do know is that there is no all-powerful leader who can fix things. Think about it, even Jesus failed. We can invent other reasons for His life, including the belief that He came here to die for our sins, but the fact of the matter is that even this extraordinary individual did not bring salvation in an immediate sense.
Salvation after we die might be comforting to believers but what about right now?
We may cling to hope that what has never happened before might just happen. Well, it won’t. Deliverance is an illusion, simply because there’s nothing wrong with what’s going on. Now, there’s a leap of faith!
Consciousness is intelligent. Consciousness does not make mistakes. Consciousness is ever evolving and at any moment this is the direction things are meant to be going. This is not fatalism; it’s realism. When we know and trust this, then we automatically find ourselves sitting on the edge of our seats and enjoying the show.
This is hardly the attitude of most people when confronting a crisis. It’s all about taking action. We may know the phrase, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” but that doesn’t stop the rush!
What should we do? Witness. Enjoy. Attend to the moment. Feel life. Experience consciousness, which is always a delightful thing. When this becomes our priority—and this is where meditation is so helpful, as training wheels for the sustained experience of contentment with life it puts everything into perspective.
We learn to keep our focus on the truth of the moment. Being present and living an awakened life, giving and receiving love, is our priority. Urgent challenges may test our faith but we’re strengthened when we persevere and spurn the substitutes competing for our allegiance.
Leaders have become the great promisers. They will fix the world, just vote them into power, give them your trust and your money. No, they are false gods, all of them, because they are obscuring the truth of sovereignty.
You are responsible for your own life choices, we all are; that’s the message that is blatantly missing. True leaders would exemplify this, instead of blaming others and braying about their superiority.
You are not a victim and “they” are not your savior. We must save ourselves. Ironically, isn’t that the theme of the stories and films we love? The challenges are always both visible and invisible. Yes, the hero must face and slay a dragon. But to do that she must connect with her courage, overcome her fear, and do what she has not dared to do before.
It’s this inner journey to authentic accountability that matters. But it will be a futile effort if we draw only on our own personal resources. We are not disconnected from each other nor from the entire web of life. And we are not disconnected from Divine intelligence. What did you think was beating your heart?
The truth of God is not a belief. It is not a person; it is not a practice. Its an experience and it begins with acceptance. The moment we cease resisting the reality of what is, we find ourselves in alignment with the truth and—contrary to cynical fears—we are motivated, not to rush in with sword drawn to lop off the head of our many foes, but to provide exactly what is needed in each moment.
We can’t do that if we&re not paying attention.
So, in this world in upheaval, surrounded by panicking sleep walkers, we can choose to wake up to the truth of the moment and do what’s right, an attitude beautifully articulated in this magnificent poem from D.H. Lawrence:
As we live, we are transmitters of life. And when we fail to transmit life, life fails to flow through us.
That is part of the mystery of sex, it is a flow onwards. Sexless people transmit nothing.
And if, as we work, we can transmit life into our work, life, still more life, rushes into us to compensate, to be ready and
we ripple with life through the days.
Even if it is a woman making an apple dumpling, or a man a stool, if life goes into the pudding, good is the
pudding good is the stool, content is the woman, with fresh life rippling in to her, content is the man.
Give, and it shall be given unto you is still the truth about life. But giving life is not so easy. It doesn't
mean handing it out to some mean fool, or letting the living dead eat you up. It means
kindling the life-quality where it was not, even if it's only in the whiteness of a washed pocket-handkerchief.
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