Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When Good Religions go BAD

Those Muslims!
They are all hateful 
They are killers
They are evil
so the voices cry out
Those Christians!
They are hateful
They oppress and judge people
they are killers
so the voices cry out
how do great faiths
the sources
of judgmentalism
and yes, death
It seems that the hateful visages we see on TV
the hateful and 
deadly actions come from those
who think it is all about them
they must protect the faith
they must keep others in line
they must be the keepers of the TRUTH
(whatever that is)
they must be 
warriors for God
their God
the one they have created in their own image
 if I understand anything
about God
not saying that I understand much
but if I understand anything about 
the Sacred 
the Divine

it is that God
is self sufficient

to be spiritual
to follow God
is not to take things into our own hands
it is not
no it is not
to decide what is right and what is wrong
who is in and who is out
on our own

and then live hate
legislate hate
share hate

to be spiritual is to go deep into our self
to that deepest place where
the sacred dwells
and listen carefully
to the voice of the divine

to feel the stirring of the Spirit

and grab hold of
however tenuously 
what it is God wants
and has
in love begun to do

and "second the motion!"  (Rohr)


We are always and forever the conduits, the instruments,
the tuning forks, the receiver stations (Romans8:22-27).  We slowly learn
the right frequencies that pick up the signal.
The core task of all spirituality is to teach us to "cooperate' with what 
God wants to do and has already begun to do (Romans 8:28).  
In fact nothing good could even enter our minds unless the previous moment God
had not already 'moved' within us.   We are always and forever  Merely seconding the motion.
Richard Rohr, "The Naked Now"  p.23

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