Monday, May 23, 2005

The Experiment

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"Humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one millionth of reality."
(from Incubus' song "Redefine")

One of the things I love about meditation teachers is that they do not ask you to believe anything. You are not asked to accept something just because it is said to be true. Instead, they invite you to perform the experiment. "See for yourself," they say. "Dive into the depths and see what is found there."

And one of the things I have been finding there lately is that the external world - this universal playground in which we find ourselves - is simply the crust, or outer layer, of reality. It is the surface of an ocean, within which is an all-embracing abyss - the Unmanifest - the Ground of Being.

And when that place is known and experienced, anything that happens out here on the crust just doesn't carry all that much weight anymore. Yes, this outer life can be experienced and enjoyed, but now with the understanding that no matter what happens on this plane ("where moth and rust destroy"), nothing can touch those depths where our souls dance with the Divine.

3 comments:

kev said...

the main idea that has been keeping me going on this plane while beloved brother mankind is building a four lane expressway 1/2 mile from my center of peace, our farm. thank you for the thoughts. as more share this with each other, there is more inner peace, as long as we don't underestimate the enticement of become lax in our part of taking care of this place we've been given to experience.

Meredith said...

You, dear friend, are very wise.

isaiah said...

Trev,

It is a position of grace and suspended belief...the depths where our souls are always dancing with the Divine. Thank you for your voice.

Namaste-