Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Friday, December 28, 2012
The ego will question even the idea that a universal
experience of love is possible, never mind the experience itself. But it is the
experience that counts. It is the experience of love and ‘unearned’ grace where
it shouldn’t be--in the midst of a traffic jam, or a radiation treatment, in a
grocery store line or at a funeral, the experience that the brain denies, but
is nonetheless there, that makes the ego a liar.
The ego will demand many answers that cannot be given. It
will ask: if God is Love, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?
How could a part of perfect Oneness be separate from Itself? How can
individuals exist? Though these are in the form of questions, they are really
statements, actually one statement:I
believe the ego, separation and individual consciousness are real, and I want
you to explain how they happened.
The seeming question is an attempt to seduce us into the
questioner’s web of separation. To attempt to answer the question, affirms the
underlying statement. The only way to truly answer the question is to come from
love. That means not letting the obvious differences in form keep us from
experiencing the less obvious oneness of content—either a call for love or an
expression of love.
Underlying the ego’s questions, doubts, fears and constant
shrieking is a call for love, a fervent plea: ‘Please help me realize that the
separation is not real and I am wrong. Help me shift and choose again.’ The
only way I can hear this call for love and respond appropriately, in a way the
questioner can hear and accept, is if I realize I am and want to be an
expression of love and want to answer without judgment, fear, anger or
impatience, as love would answer.
“The ego may ask,” The
Course says, “‘How did the impossible occur?’, ‘To what did the impossible
happen?’ and may ask this in many forms. Yet there is no answer; only an experience.
Seek only this and do not let theology delay you.”