Deep Within

Another Journey Lies Ahead, this time  …    Deep Within   ...


So far, our explorations examined what we are, where we are and where we came from - investigations outside ourselves. Now another journey lies ahead. This time we look within, deep - deep within our hearts. Here  I like the terminology of the Bahai to describe what we seek:

A Radiant Heart

A saying of Baha’i founder Bahá'u'lláh:

"O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: 
Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, 
that thine may be a sovereignty 
ancient, imperishable and everlasting”

Seeking our innermost self is the first step to freedom, spiritual strength and maturity - 
    - One of those valuables we want to rescue from religion as it fades.

Sometimes I tell this story from my own childhood:

It reminds me of when my father taught me to ride a bike and then a horse
              or first handed me the car keys and told me to drive.  
And so, trusting him, shaky at first, I began to pedal, then I took the reins  
              and later I began to drive, cautiously.
But then I set the course and the further I went, the steadier I became. 
        And then one day I noticed that he was not guiding the bike any more - I was.

The lesson ? :
Guiding yourself is the first step to knowing yourself,
becoming self directed  from within - proactive and in control 
instead of being reactive and directed by people, society and religion - from outside us.

Jesus and my grandfather were two backwoods carpenters that were recognized for their radiant hearts, guiding themselves and those around them with strength and calm, independent of life’s storms and society’s bribes. That is what I think Jesus meant when he said his "kingdom was not of this world" and taught us to recognize that we are in society’s world, but can be “not of it." 

Thinking back, I don’t think I ever saw my grandfather lose his temper or become impatient with me, across all our years, even though people tell me that I was pretty hyper as a boy. What strength, as I put him to the test !  We, you and I, can do that too. Just like my carpenter grandfather, shaping a young boy just like a piece of wood, preparing the surface, strengthening the joints, testing with a touch.

This strength of which we speak comes from inside, deep within. The terms we use to describe our issues might be the carpenter metaphors that we just used, terms about seeds and growing that Jesus liked to use, or modern terms - thinking, feeling and belonging - that a moden atheist like me wants to use. 

I really like the Bahai terminology, describing our healthy emotional inner feelings as having a radiant heart. I have seen such strength up close, in my grandfather and read about it in Jesus. Now I want to develop it in myself and you. There’s an ember in there that we can develop into a flame. Just as stars ignite their hearts of fire, so can we. Being self guided is a choice, like happiness. Using this strength, making this choice to build our own worldview, we soon learn:

Each of us makes our own worldview, as unique as our fingerprints.

Repeating — this leads us to another journey  …    Deep Within   ...


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