Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Is that all there is?

“Everything the ego tells you that you need, will hurt you. For although the ego urges you again and again to get, it leaves you nothing, for what you get, it will demand of you. And even from the very hands that grasped it, it will be wrenched and hurled into dust.” This is about, noticing how often things seem hollow after you get them, and after you get what you want, you don’t want it, and is that all there is? “For where the ego sees salvation it sees separation, and so you lose whatever you have gotten in its name.

“Therefore, ask not of yourself what you need, for you do not know, and your advice to yourself will hurt you. [Resign as your own teacher.] For what you think you need will merely serve to tighten up your world against the light, and render you unwilling to question the value that this world can really hold for you.

“Only the Holy Spirit knows what you need. For He [this pronoun could be gender neutral. I prefer, ‘It’.] will give you all things that do not block the way to light. And what else could you need? [Sounds like my grandma, there] In time, [this does not mean ‘after awhile,’ it means in this world, time-bound and illusory] He gives you all the things that you need have, and will renew them as long as you have need of them. He will take nothing from you as long as you have any need of it. [We need not sacrifice anything] And yet He knows that everything you need is temporary, and will but last until you step aside [get your bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine circuits] from all your needs and realize that all of them have been fulfilled. Therefore, He has no investment in the things that He supplies, except to make certain that you will not use them on behalf of lingering in time. He knows that you are not at home, and He wills no delay to wait upon your joyous homecoming.

“Leave, then, your needs to Him. He will supply them with no emphasis at all upon them.” Consider then, the lilies of the field, they neither toil nor strive and yet they are fed.

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