Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Empty hands, open mind and heart

“This is difficult to believe,” Devorah said. “And it’s similar to the radical shift in belief and perspective I shared a few posts ago. But Heaven itself is reached with empty hands and open minds, which come with nothing to find everything. This means holding everything lightly even our most sacred laws, cherished beliefs and ideals.

“To do violence in God’s name and in the name of your most cherished beliefs and ideals is not only hypocritical and absurd, it is to do violence not only to those cherished ideals, but to ourselves and our reality as one with the power we call ‘God.’ God does not require us to defend him or worship him in certain arcane ways. God is not Zeus. God is an invisible power within us, reflected in our desire for love, compassion, peace, mercy, inclusion and joy.

“The fear of God is in truth the fear of ourselves and our constant misuse of the power we call ‘God.’ Heaven itself is real and within each of us right now, even within the sinners, perverts and evil-doers, and is reached by releasing the interferences to Its presence within us, judging not, and remembering Its benign and loving reality. Release the ego thought system you clutch so tightly and your empty hands become free to receive Heaven’s gifts.”


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