- February 19th, 2015
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Evening is a “quiet time”.
Most people have settled slowly into the refuge of the night: reading, knitting, digesting, TV, dreams, sex, sleep.
The sun and moon hold the earth in their cradle and light slowly fades on the horizon of time. Other countries light up. Other people awake. Clusters and groups and families all seek their fame and fortune. Accomplishment. Survival. Enjoyment. Giving and Taking. Buying and Selling. The Market. The Temple. A bath in the Holy River.
There are “them” out there. This we know. A wild series of “them”. Legions of “them”. Unidentified scores and throngs of “them”. And who are they? They are a lot like you. And me. They are humans – going through the same routines, same dances, same prayers and celebrations as you and me.
Perception. We isolate ourselves and hide in the small caves allotted by our fears, our distrust, our acquired kingdoms, our well-financed sense of separation. These humans we see, we perceive, we visualize… are not only a lot like us, they are intricately connected to us.
This is where the “us and them” gimmick falls apart. We have two “monarchs” of perception that fight for the throne inside of us – our hearts and our minds. They mind is allied with ‘ego’, and perceives its kingdom as “owned”, separate, justified. The mind-ego is the King of Attachment and despite the ludicrousness of the whole affair – after all, we’re not taking this ‘stuff’ with us when we go – the mind views itself and it’s Kingdom as eternal, immortal and untouchable.
And then – the Heart. The heart does not “fight” for the throne, the heart ascends to the throne when the Mind/ego has finally understood its frailty, its stupidity and its ignorance and has surrendered its position because it can’t hold the house of Mortality together any more. The Heart is the Silent Partner that awaits in all of us – the center of sweetness. The innocent part of us that understands its true role as Speck of Dust in the hands of the Immortal. Out of our control. Gratitude. Oneness. Bliss.
The Heart also understands this foundation-point of “connection” between sentient beings. We humans – if we look at one another with the eyes of the heart – can immediately recognize our union and unity with all mankind. We are made of the same ‘stuff’. The Divine is visible – shining! – in each and every one of us. This is truly what unites us in its magnificence, its compassion, it’s deep love and understanding. And we each claim and own this light of the divine in our deepest hearts.
The Throne of Understanding.
It never left. It is us who left. And it is us who must find our way back.