Should we think that Buddhists don’t believe in God we also must think about whether we Christans believe in God, as we so fervently proclaim. For we have made, not a God who is by nature One And Every Being: in whom we are and as Love. In fact God is Our Love as It is and forever encompassed in His. But in our dream here we believe in His Love not at all, if we consider Its eternal existence. The God we Christians form is but a mirror of who we think we are: false. Just the thing the Commandments guard wisely against. Only a God of Love would make what we do in this world in the name of God impossible. Put false gods in front of this belief and God sort of disappears. A false God is a separation. We can’t keep some of God and expect a part of Him. For when we try that, everything becomes false and a we enter a dream like state where everything becomes an illusion. Our separateness is an illusory dream, a seeming decided self, while God remains indivisible. Our natural state is oneness, unity, with the Christ within us. Where Christ is God is.

The world we made in a dualistic thought system that is is a separated world, in fact a world that can’t exist, except in our minds. No matter how we may try, this ego thought system, or false god, has no meaning, nor does it ever intend to ever restore our unity with God. It does not know how, nor does it ever want to know. God has other plans, however. She recovers Her children through the work of the Holy Spirit, Who know us and completely knows God.

“The contemplative’s inner stance is not one of being swept downriver along with everything else. The contemplative’s repose is not a passive state but an engaged, silent receptivity, ‘an ever moving repose,’ as St. Maximus the Confessor calls it. [2] Like a riverbed, which is constantly receiving and letting go in the very same moment. Vigilant receptivity and nonclinging release are one and the same for this riverbed awareness as it constantly receives all coming from upstream while at the very same moment releasing all downstream. [3] from Richard Rohr. Sep. 4, 2016.

1] Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2013), 23.
[2] St. Maximus the Confessor, Quaestionis ad Thalassium 64, in Patrologia Graeca 90.760A, Martin Laird’s translation. See also Augustine, Confessions 1.4 (trans. Chadwick, 5).
[3] Martin Laird, A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation (Oxford University Press: 2011), 79.
Adapted from Richard Rohr, Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi (Franciscan Media: 2014), 191-192.

Somatostatin, each note in a musical piece ends the very moment the next begins seeming serially, yet always in the previous and next moment together. Thus music provides a wonderful reflection of the flow that holds the rhythm of Gods world together. Nothing stops. There is no ending.

Love has no opposite. Oneness is its time and place. “Now” is its expression of peace, the peace of God. I need not go anywhere. As I am there. Forgiveness reflects in this moment. I need not search any longer, or farther. Be here now, I’m told. “Forgiveness is the only way to God here.” Certainly Jesus’ only teaching.

Bob Pajer

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