Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"In Your Body is That Garden" - Kabir

Hope's Garden: "Faith Is the Substance of Things Imaged... The Evidence of Things Not Seen."- Hebrews 11:1

Journal Entry February 6, 2013

There are no words of comfort when a loved one is hurting, only gentle sounds, tender understanding and a feeling of supporting.  Such tremendous losses we go through in this life.  How do we navigate through the notions of helplessness, the fear of loneliness and the tremendous avoidance of wanting to feel pain in the first place?  Many years ago my Teacher said these words:

You can not solve a problem at the same level it comes to you.  You have to go higher."

I had no idea at the time what that really meant.  Go higher how?  Once, a few years ago, I sat in a plane and watched the world below me become smaller and smaller.  Is this what it meant to go higher and see a bigger perspective?  I've read too many stories of war and loss.  I've heard endless sagas of loss to disease and illness.  How do we solve these at a higher level?

Halfway through a conversation last night, it dawned on me that what it means is to see at a higher level.  Every day, in every moment, Consciousness permeates in and around us.  It is the substance of all things.  My Consciousness creates and therefore, we are always surrounded by and in a state of constant Creation.  I've seen it in my life over and over.  Always, new and challenging people, events, places have appeared in my life.  Why?  How? A few days ago, I met someone who had actually experienced events that I was reading about in a book.  "Going higher" means to see beyond what the senses are telling me is real. 

In a world where so many people feel anxious about things that we are told may happen, we forget there is another Source to draw from.  We experience this connection in unique and powerful ways.  Where does hope come from?  Where do we find the trust to let go of the moment and allow the garden of our Consciousness to fulfill our deepest desires?  A great poet once said:

"Do not go to the garden of flowers, oh friend, go not there.
In your body is the garden of flowers..." - Kabir

In that Garden, life flourishes and offers an endless supply.  There is Joy.  Friendship. Plenty. Unity.  When someone feels the pain of loss, there is a comfort  I have always found in the words:

"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not Want." - Psalm 23

Any great man or woman who has overcome tremendous obstacles has cried out to that great Mystery of Creation and found solace in ways only their own heart can comprehend.  Each of us reaches in a unique way.  Our asking is a part of the shaping of this Garden of Life.  It is a place of reaching higher beyond the challenges of this world.  It holds the key for new solutions.  It vibrates within each of us ready to take shape.    

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