One of the great blessings of this site is that we are able to immediately share with other like minded souls insights that have 'stretched us' helping us to see more clearly into the future and our present---though the present and future could be the same with an understanding of eternity as beginning now and going on forever!
Only NOW, the ever-PRESENT...
...I love that. I love the truth for me that whenever I encounter the Spirit's presence (however we understand that) there is no time, only now...and often that presence is deeply loving and forgiving and reminds me that I am forgiven and deeply loved.....
This mornings reflection by Mark Nepo ('The Book of Awakening') was one of those moments for me. And, like a beggar sharing bread with another, I pass along a little of that living bread to you........Peace and Presence, Ken. _________________________________
January 12 __________________________
"Seeing into Darkness"
Seeing into darkness is clarity... This is called practicing eternity...
Fear gets its power from our not looking, at either the fear or what we're afraid of. Remember that attic or closet door behind which something terrifying waited, and the longer we didn't look, the harder it was to open that door?
As a boy this obsessed me until I would avoid that part of the house. But, finally, when no one was home, I felt compelled to face the unknown. I stood before that attic door for the longest time, my heart pounding. It took all my small inner boy strength to open it.
I waited at the threshold, and nothing happened. I inched my way in and stood in the dark, even longer, until my breathing slowed, and to my surprise, my eyes grew accustomed to the dark. Pretty soon, I was able to explore th old musty boxes, and found pictures of my grandfather, my father's father, the only one in the family that I am like. Seeing those pictures opened me to aspects of my spirit.
It seems whatever the door, whatever our fear--be it love or truth or even the prospect of death--we all have this choice, again and again: avoiding that part of our house, or opening the door and finding out more about ourselves by waiting until what is dark becomes seeable.