Monday, April 18, 2011

Returning to One

Transformation is more about unlearning than learning, which is why religious traditions call it "conversion" or "repentance." It is about maturing the soul in a way that reveals and prioritizes "we" within the "me." There is nothing to join, only something to recognize, suffer and enjoy as participant. Richard Rohr (and me=:)

Life is a journey to oneness. You are born into form (incarnated) and at an early age you begin to understand yourself as separate from all else: other people, the planet, the cosmos, your source; like a droplet of water would feel apart from the sea, and upon seeing other droplets, think that it was discrete and separate. But in the end, the droplet would realize that it is part of the vast ocean or it would be taken into the embrace of the atmosphere and become part of the vast sky. And don't the sky and ocean share precipitation and evaporation in an eternal coming and going from one to the other and the other to the one? While a droplet you are unique and beautiful. Your form reflects the light of the cosmos, your essence is that which sustains life, every other can see their own beautiful reflection in you and you in them. But there is something else, a feeling that your home is not in droplet form, but in union with something bigger - something more eternal. Something inside of you bulges and wobbles and, while contained in a neat droplet "package," your inner essence seeks to break through the very surface structure that maintains your droplet form. You must give up your beautiful unique dropletness to return to this place. You must shed the exterior forces that hold your true substance as droplet and see yourself as beautifully integrated rather than separate. The ocean calls to you. The sky embraces you. Ultimately, you will surrender yourself to the place from which you came. You will join the life force that brings forth an eternal supply of droplets and you can do this with awareness of it or wait until it takes you unaware...

© Peggy Beatty 2011

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