June 28, 2017
Is our distorted view of time the culprit in our culture of dis-ease? Do we feel bound by time, locked in its grasp, unaware of the natural flow of life? One of the great benefits of meditation is a release of our usual time-sense. In non-doing we have a more realistic experience of Be-ing. Time is not a factor when the mind is not engaged with the outer world. We are simply present in the timeless field of awareness. This is beneficial to both mind and body. It is a refreshing suspension of stimuli, rather like floating in the womb before entering the world of the “other.”
It is not easy for an infinite spiritual being to take on physical form and to be caught up in the appearance of limitation. The great spiritual teachers of the ages have, in one way or another, taught us how to be human. They were not giving lessons in how to become spiritual, rather the emphasis was always on how to bring our spiritual nature into our human life. “Be in the world but not of it” is a prime example. How is that possible unless we are indeed, something more than physical?
They asked us to humanize spiritual qualities, such as love and joy, peace and grace. Compassion is only possible when we know there is more to us than the experience we are having. Compassion is a spiritual experience of seeing through the appearance to the inner presence that is greater than the experience. It is a recognition of the pain of human life and the co-existent true self. It is acknowledging the difficulty in reconciling the two. The wonderful Joseph Campbell summed it up perfectly; “Life is wonderful, except it hurts.” We are all in this together. Our personal effort to retain some semblance of our spiritual nature is a powerful contribution to the awakening of humanity.