Simple Truth: Simple Reality

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASimple truth has been abandoned, forgotten… lost. The art of Science teaches us to dissect everything to reveal its underlying complexity, so simple truths are no longer trusted. Even precepts of the world’s great religions are granted only duplicitous regard on holy days, while otherwise ignored. However, simple truths haunt our dreams because of their strong roots.

Peace is found at the midpoint between extremes where things are balanced. This is the root supporting, “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Psalm 37:11 KJV). The meaning here is often lost because the modern usage of “meek” confuses humble and gentle people with those who are spineless and spiritless. Regardless of usage, we can be certain that the meek do not subscribe to extreme beliefs, though.

Prosperity is found where where the waters of Life gather. There are three essential material requirements (needs) for human life: food, shelter, and clothing. These things are most abundant in places where water collects. However, modern people complicate their lives with desires that far outweigh their needs. This is often taken to extremes; they spend more than they have, then cry poverty. (This should not be confused with real poverty.)

machupichuWisdom is found in high places where greater vision is gained; mountains, hills and monoliths no longer obstruct the view. These are also quiet places where the voice of Spirit can be heard, rather than the cacophony of human voices marketing their profane opinions. Here the horizon inscribes a much larger circle of Life where lucid perception is permitted.

The Sun rises in the morning to reveal clouds nestled in the valleys below. As the Sun warms the day, the clouds are lifted up. The day is quite hot by the time the Sun hits its zenith, but the clouds gather to provide shade in the afternoon. Soon a gentle rain begins to fall that is welcomed by the parched earth and yourself. The falling rain runs down your body in the same way it runs down the slopes of the high place to the valleys below. Water always seeks the lowest places. It is an element of humility, although it is important to Life on Earth. It is a simple element, but it is also a great blessing. We can learn much about Life from Water.

stream5a.jpgWater teaches that we can be a blessing to others from a place of personal simplicity and humility. In contrast, we can see how complexity and arrogance has cursed this world with conflict, disease and death in the pursuit of wealth and power. This lesson is confirmed by ancient wisdoms that are ignored, forgotten or lost. It is also confirmed by the sense of clarity and peaced gained in this high place, separated from the business below. However, Water also teaches that we must leave the high place to return to our people.

An unprecedented seven billion plus people now inhabit the Earth. How long can we prosper if we cannot live where water gathers? How long can we live burdened with desires that outweigh our needs? Is virtual reality a viable alternative? What paths will we choose from here?

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A Divine Sigh

spiritBlessed be the eternal breath that set Time in motion.

Our understanding of Time and Eternity should not be taken lightly or for granted. Our understanding of these two things are essential to understanding the realities of Life.

Time does not exist without movement; without change. Without movement/change of some type, it would be impossible to measure Time because it simply would not exist. In comparison, eternal things are unchanging, and therefore, last forever. The eternal contrasts the temporal.

There are things in the human world that seem eternal because they last for a very long time. However, pyramids crumble, continents shift and stars eventually burn out. It has been said that the only constant in our world is Change. This is supported by scientific evidence.

Ironically, people consistently demonstrate resistance to Change. This may be linked to an instinct for survival and a corresponding fear of Death. Much industry is engaged in fighting physical deterioration, both cosmetic and medical. Desires for everlasting peace and prosperity are proclaimed as these conditions also affect their longevity.

Periods of stability, peace and prosperity tend to reveal an incongruity in human nature, though. People are also easily susceptible to boredom. This usually leads to actions intended to make things interesting, but often disrupt the conditions originally deemed desirable; stability, peace and prosperity.

The contradictions of human behavior are easily understood by examining the human spirit. Much spiritual lore attributes the creation of our world, universe or multiverse to divine and eternal beings. As a product of divine creation, humankind usually have characteristics of their Creator(s). The Children of Abraham believe that people were created in the divine image. Consider the relationship between divine eternity and temporal reality.

The human spirit dreams of a realm that is eternal and unchanging because it is perfect, holy and sacred. Paradise, Heaven, Elysium, et al are spiritual concepts of perfection that are desirable because of the trials and tribulations of temporal existence. In turn, the trials and tribulations of temporal life prevent people from recognizing the boredom they would experience in places of such perfection. Few truly understand why the first man and woman were ejected from the garden of paradise in Judeo-Christian lore.

Few truly understand the human likeness of their divine images. They fail to recognize that creativity is a common solution to human boredom, or that the boredom of divine perfection could be an obvious cause for divine creation. The Children of Abraham portray creation beginning with the spoken word, but it seems more likely that it began with a divine sigh.

Peace to You

Peace to you. Those who know hunger do not know peace. May you not know hunger. Greed is an insatiable hunger. May you also not know greed.

Peace to you. Those who know cold do not know peace. May you always know a warm hearthfire. Cold is also a lack of companionship. May you never be lonely.

Peace to you. Those who know injustice do not know peace. May you not know injustice. Justice is a delicate balance, though. May you always know balance.

Peace to you. Those who know fear do not know peace. May you be safe from harm. Some fears lack wisdom, though. Save yourself from ignorance.

Peace to you. These three words hold a rich blessing that is rarely given these days. In a world where ideology is sufficient justification to harm strangers, it may seem an empty sentiment.

Peace to you. Those whose words hold no meaning do not know peace; they are a source of turmoil. May you discern truth from deception.

Peace to you.