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7:21 AM   [02 Jun 2010 | Wednesday]

Lettes to Jesus (Unhelpful Mindsets & Attitudes) -3

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Dear Jesus,

   It strikes me that, over time, we make of our lives a veneer that stands as a barrier against our innate ability to merge our lives with reality. This simmers so gradually and unconsciously over a lifetime as to be almost imperceptible. The ingredients are provided by the world which, with others, we subtly grow to accept as the constituents of genuine reality. That others accept it makes it easier for us. We come to judge by these criteria and thus the material world fortifies its own perception of reality while scoffing at the idea that what it might call “illusion” is real and its reality is illusion. We become covered with this veneer because we are dipped willingly or unwillingly in another coat of it daily.

    The problem is learning to live in the world realizing, in all things, that true reality is contained in the life of the spirit. We cannot avoid our environment. It is the very umbilical which attaches us to mother earth. There is no escape from what surrounds us. Therefore, despite whatever we find difficult in it we are assigned to work “within the system.” The further problem, as with so many avocations, careers, and projects is that the “system” becomes, over time, the veneer. There is something here which seems too complicated to explore and too difficult to fight, but which, nonetheless, seeks to explode through that veneer.  Actually it may be more of an implosion than an explosion, for we break through in an inward direction.

   Beyond the sentient, physical/material attachment to our motherly environment there is an innate and deeply centered inclination toward the interior world of our spirit – that part of reality that is not grounded in our surroundings and never was.

The reality we seek is the essential part of our being, which is spiritual. That which we see, hear, taste, touch and smell is the illusion – the veneer we polish. That which we do not see, hear, taste, touch or smell breaks inwardly through the veneer. Life is the seeking, here, on this planet, to merge reality of our spirit with the illusions of our environment.

   Yet, there is even more to this veneer than what we sense.  It is the person we present to others – our visible aspect which we nurture so as to appear to others as we would wish. We sell ourselves so thoroughly on this image that often it becomes our image of ourselves – our reality!  We become one-dimensional and that dimension becomes our reality – our veneer. Then we are made into the image and likeness of the modern world because that is what the world wants to sell us – image!  Dimensions beyond image must be explored and probed at the same time we explore and probe other aspects of our world. That which makes us more than one-dimensional is the part we have lost. It is the piece needed for the completion of that reality by which we merge ourselves with You.

 

 

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