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

Thursday, May 28, 2020

crisis is revelatory

When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn't work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form -- or a species -- will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.”
                                         Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

“Crisis is what suppressed pain looks like; it always comes to the surface.
                                         Bryant McGill

there is one thing we can insist on

a crisis is revelatory

there are many ways of thinking about crisis
John F Kennedy
Grabbing hold of somewhat a creative interpretation
of the Chinese word for crisis

an interpretation probably first found
in a journal for missionaries in China in the 1930s,

framed crisis as opportunity plus threat

the actual meaning of the word is
“danger at the point where things meet”

perhaps we could better say, danger at the point where things collide

we are at a moment where “things” are meeting
where they collide

the past and the future
old ways and new

but more profoundly
at the point where Covid 19 collides with our lives
we are finding other powerful collisions!
between individual rights and freedoms and the common good
between selfishness and selflessness
between compassionate concern for all and a focus on one’s own individual want and needs, with a disregard for others mixed in

and it is at this point that things get revealed

it seems to me that in a crisis, what is at a person’s core
what is in a person’s heart
the health of a person’s soul
the depth of a person’s spiritual
comes to the surface

for good or for ill

we are seeing people make amazing sacrifices for others
being amazingly generous

we see people putting their lives on the line for others
their businesses on the line

we see people accepting, finding peace
and living lives of compassion and calm

and we see people
in whom hate an anger have bubbled to the surface

we see the faces of hate screaming into the faces of the police
and into the faces of masked healthcare workers

we see people waving the flags of racism and hate
and carrying instruments of death

it’s a hot mess

what makes the difference?

I think it is what is in the heart
Whatever is in the heart gets released
As crisis breaks the heart open

If a person has compassion and love at their core
If they have allowed the God who is love

Then what comes for in this time
Is compassion and love
A concern for others

If not
If what is at the core is fear
Or hate
Or racism
Or anger

Then what comes to the surface
Is angry tweets
And destructive behaviors
and pain and violence
and intimidation

we important lessons in such times
about ourselves
and about God

One thing I have learned during this time is why Jesus so frequently
told people they had to die to the self
and become people willing to be radically

I know, for myself,
that it is when I can let go of “me”
however imperfectly,
things change

it is when I let go of me
and cling to the Sacred
(as a child clings to a parent during a thunder storm)

That I find peace
That I find calm

and it is then that good things surface it my life
and kindness
and a willingness
to work for the common good

so my hope
in this time crisis
is simply this

that what will be revealed in me
is a little sacred presence
and a lot of love

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