I read this post the other day on the blog Lead Our lives. It resonated with me.
When I see myself as somehow separate and distinct from the universe that envelops me, I mistake my place in the universe as that of an outsider, a visitor, and spectator.
When I think of myself in that way, I allow myself to believe and shape a universe I can somehow master. This is unrealistic and sets me up for failure.
Alan Watts and Parker Palmer write about faith and fidelity as opposed to belief. When I have faith and trust in what is to come, I set aside the idea that life is plannable. Yes, I need plans, but they are in flux, open to improvisation in each ensuing moment. When I form a rigid set of beliefs, I end up in a binary and polarizing place, where only my answers are right and certain. When I am follow with faith and fidelity, I seek answers in the diversity and flux of the universe.
In the post, there is a reference to Father Richard Rohr who used the quote from Rabbi Rami Shapiro in one of his daily meditations, which I also receive. Whatever I call God, it is intriguing how much diversity and beauty in that name.
Mount Robson is a place I drive by frequently on trips to and from British Columbia. It is magnificent and is a symbol of uncertainty. As often as I drive by it, I cannot know it completely. It stands as a deep mystery. Having said this, I have faith each time I drive in this direction it will be there. Its majesty is grounded in both mystery and certainty that come together.
Ivon, I love what you wrote and am honored that you included my post. Somehow, I’m not at all surprised that we read some of the same authors, poets, etc. Thank you.
You are welcome Carrie. It did not surprise me either. I enjoy reading your writing.
Thank you, Ivon. I enjoy yours as well.
So often I forget that I am not the one in control and try to manage life myself. But when I remember to turn it over to Spirit, things work themselves out beautifully.
To just be is a challenging proposition.
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