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Freedom in the Divine Awareness
April 2, 2012
In a previous essay here (“Slavery and Spiritual Freedom,” March 12, 2012), we examined the nature of spiritual freedom. Spiritual freedom occurs when we give up our dependence on the voice of our ego within us—when we free ourselves from our self-imposed addiction to that voice within us that constantly constructs for us the story of ourselves and of our interactions with the world beyond us. When we silence that ego-voice and then cross the divide which separates the interior world of our self from the exterior world beyond our self, we find ourselves in a serene and quiet place, uncluttered by the noise of our ego-voice. . . .
This new clear and vivid experience of existing things depends entirely on our deliberate use of our faculty of awareness. We silence everything else within us, and in that silence, we find ourselves aware of a world of clear and beautiful existing things—we find ourselves perceiving the beauty and intimacy of the things and people around us—simply, without words, just being aware of them—of them and ourselves—of our intimate relationship or fellowship with these people and these things—all of us existing together. We allow ourselves to be simply conscious, and what we are conscious of fills our perception with the sweet and lovely truth of being.
When we are in this state of pure perception, awareness is all that matters. There is nowhere else that we desire to be. And because we enter this pure state through the gate of silence, we question nothing while we are there. It is only afterward, when our interior voice starts up again, that we think, and therefore, that we think about and question the experience we had had. We try to make meaning out of our pure experience, and we try to verbalize that meaning in words and sentences, as I have tried to do here.
It’s at that point that we can ask, “What is this awareness which is who we are?” The whole article….
Slavery and Spiritual Freedom
March 14, 2012
There are two main prerequisites to acquiring spiritual freedom. One is our willingness to receive it, to enter into spiritual freedom. The other is the crucial aspect—the necessary preliminary to our being willing to accept freedom. And that is that we must relinquish enslavement. Indeed, as a beginning definition, we can say that spiritual freedom is abandoning enslavement. More . . .
Where Is God?
March 3, 2012
Once while I was a college student in New York City, my roommate and I went up to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear Michael Ramsey, then Archbishop of Canterbury. More than forty years later, I still remember the question he posed—“Where is heaven?”—and the way he posed this question. He said simply that people say heaven is above us, “up there,” that when we pray we look up toward heaven, and when we reflect on Jesus, we say that he “came down from” heaven. But, the Archbishop said, when we look through telescopes up into the sky and out into space, what we see are other planets and other stars. What we don’t see, of course, is heaven. More . . .
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