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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let go, and FLOAT!

This past week Richard Rohr has been focusing on the concept of
“letting go”

He references the following things we would do better without
along with some passages that remind us that this is indeed
what the Sacred suggests we do

To Wit

    Letting go of control (the faith theme throughout the Bible):
    “The Lord will deliver you, and you have only to be still.”
    – Exodus 14:14

    Letting go of fear (the most frequent line in the Bible):
    “Do not be afraid.” – John 6:20, Mark 6:50, Matthew 14:27,
    to name a few

    Letting go of the small self:
    “Yahweh my Lord is my strength.” – Habakkuk 3:19
    “Cut off from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

    Letting go of hurts (most of Jesus’ teaching is about forgiveness):
    “If you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours.” – Matthew 6:14

I approve this message!
Not that God needs my approval

And to the phrase “let go” I would add

I remember as a child learning to swim
we were small little creatures
splashing around in the shallow end of the swimming pool in
Lakeview, Oregon

I was not yet 5
and as we splashed, big people stood next to us
supporting us, encouraging us

and to those big people we clung
afraid that if we let go we would sink
ker-plunk, to the bottom of the pool

and they would gently remind us that we needed to let go
they would be their
they would make sure we would not sink

and at some point we would let go
and lightly support begin to relax
and let the water envelop us
and then, at some point
we discovered, to our amazement, we were floating

supported mysteriously by that we feared

we need to let go
as long as we cling and frantically splash
our lives will be tiring and fearful
angry and limited

but if we can let go
and then, relax into the enveloping
presence of the sacred
and float…..


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