GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#108 — April 1, 2021

The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two,
really one, seek unity and that is love.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj

Welcome, Inspired Seekers:

Here in the Northeast we are being teased by spring weather – a lovely foreshadowing of days to come, a time where life, renewed, blossoms and we can return to the great outdoors to experience creation more fully.

This “return to nature” and the following of the seasons reminds me of the unitive nature of all spiritual traditions. While there are differences, the mystical perspective, especially, challenges us to live into the non-dualism of faith and Spirit.

While we are teased by spring, we still live in late winter. While we are not God, we are not separate from God. While we are holders of our traditions, we are also the embodiment of them – or at least we try to be! There is much less separation than we, at first, perceive.

Native American traditions teach that we are not the Earth yet we hold the Earth and she holds us. There is an important symbiotic relationship that is necessary for life. No conflict.

Practices in Buddhism such as mindfulness and meditation reflect the mysticism that is echoed in Christian contemplative prayer and inner reflection. While Christ-nature and Buddha-nature are different, they share the same mystical space of connection and inter-being. Both traditions demand and understand that we are connected to that which is greater than the self. Again, no conflict. A non-dual approach to life and Spirit.

In a world that appears to be so divided, what can we do, as people of many faiths and traditions, to unify our days upon the Earth? It is a question that deserves to be contemplated on a spring day, in the sunshine, with the wafts of gentle winds teasing us as the new blossoms open and begin to bud. Joyous spring!

Grace, Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: I am one with all sentient beings.

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