Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mixing it up.


We’re a curious species. Being human puts us at the top of the food chain. It also puts us at the top of other chains such as the chain of creativity. No other life form (at least none that we know about) can imagine and solve problems as we do. Unfortunately this seems to be a two edged sword. One way cuts in the way of creation and the other way cuts in the way of destruction. We are masters of both.

Awhile back I wrote an article called a “Bird in hand” and spoke about compounds that result from mixing different things together. The point of that article was that once mixed, an entirely new compound results. The separate ingredients can then no longer be detected but something new has been created.

I’m an old man now and have been kicking around spiritual conclaves for quite some time and I’ve noticed a meaningful thing about compounds. People show up in a wide variety of such places for a host of reasons but the alleged reason is they go there seeking God. After a time, most stay for other reasons and they forget about why they came in the first place. A rare few figure out an essential truth: God doesn’t live in churches, synagogues or temples. God lives in people.

Many people pay lip service to what their own scriptures tell them. For example Christian scriptures say that “You are the body of Christ” or if you happen to be Buddhist you’re taught that everyone contains the enlivening essence of The Buddha. But too few seem able to accept the resulting compound and just go ahead and act like God is absent from the true temple: themselves.

Have you ever wondered what our world would be like if everyone conducted themselves by embracing this fundamental principle? If you really want to make the world a better place, begin to see yourself and others as a compound container of divinity. Oh I know, most of us exhibit some less than ideal nastiness but it’s also mixed together with genuine love and compassion. Adversity seems to bring out the goodness that is always there. And even if you don’t accept the idea that we are the resulting compound mixture of spirit and matter, it never hurts to pretend that we are.
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