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

Monday, July 9, 2018

Step away from the ego

“The ego hates losing – even to God.”     
               Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

I wonder sometimes
As I watch the wreckage created those
Who would grasp and horde
Use and abuse

I wonder at those who would crush children for a wall
Oppress people to the degree that they cannot rise up,
And then call them lazy
Facilitate injustice
Legislate inequity

I wonder about those who call others names
Who lie
And ridicule
Whose only real gift seems to be the marginalization of others

How can they be so careless about other human beings?
How can they gorge themselves on wealth,
And simply shrug at the struggles of the working poor?

Perhaps the problem is, as both those religious and those psychological will insist


That part of our being that focus on us
Who we are, what we are, how good we are, what we need
That part of our self that separates itself from all other selves

This is me
Which then turns into
This is mine

The part of us that wants to stand apart, and thus is fiercely protective,
Often aggressive, and frequently selfish, willing to sacrifice others for its own benefit

Is powerful

But sadly it is not always kind, either to ourselves, or to others
Most religions suggest that we must “die” “de-fuse”, “let go” of the self,
At least to some degree
If we are to connect meaningfully to God

For the Sacred call calls us out of isolation into communion
Our of separation into union

And the sacred knows that unless we can be one among many
We will move to places that are dark
Greedy, grasping

But our egos are strong
We resist the Sacred call
And thus we end up encapsulated
Striving against the world, working against others

Thus Trump
Thus America First
Thus racism
Thus the lure of fascism

It is ego, strutting down the street in
a white power uniform, with a shield and a swastika
It is ego clamoring for a wall, and imprisoning children
Ego, shaming the poor
Ego, driving the rich to accumulate more and more, dooming others to poverty

Do we really have to deny ourselves?
Jesus would say yes

I would suggest we at least should take to heart
In this time of division, the words of Abraham Lincoln
Who also spoke in a time of division, discord, even hate

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Let us find our “better angels”

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