My point is In India I met an old temple painter, who talked in a certain manner about his Christian faith. This is an imitation of his teaching/talking style, applied to various frequent questions.
1. -- Should I pursue my interests and invest my energy in them? -- Why not? Whether you do it or not is not important. Try and see ! My point is that the important thing is only that GodÂ´s Will MY POINT IS
is always the case. Whatever happens to you and your pursuit of your interests, it is constantly God's Will. As long as you witness everything from that attitude you can do whatever you feel like doing. -- That seems so uninteresting ! It makes it irrelevant what we all do or not do. -- Exactly. That is my point. God's Will is the only reality and it does not care whether you find something interesting or not. That is always changing by the way. Have you not noticed that your predilections change? They always change. But God's Will is always continuing to happen. -- But where do all our goals and spiritual amibitons go? -- They can all be laid aside. My point is that God's Will is the only, I repeat, the only thing going on in the universe. The rest is irrelevant selfdelusion. As soon as you learn to love this Will of God, you will be at peace and feel happiness most of the time. -- But then the love of God is the goal and the ambition, is it not? -- My point is that you witness first that everything taking place is God's Will. Then love will arise in you. You never have to form an amibition or intention about it. His Will is always enough. Your own ambition will always bring toil and tears, you will be busy and bitter, just like the allegory of Adam and Eve will tell you. -- Is this really the teaching of the Bible? -- My point is that this is the most important feature of all the various teachings of the texts in the Bible. It is up to you to find
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something better and it is very good if you do. Jesus always points out the Fathers Will. That is what I concentrate upon. I never needed any other Scriptures and I am very comfortable with Jesus way of focusing on the Will and Presence of the Father. -- But what about salvation and experiencing the Holy Ghost and such doctrines of the Christian faith? -- Good question ! God's Will is always taking place and salvation is only this attitude. When you really live according to God's Will you don't need any further enlightenment or salvation. The Will of God is perfect and then you are perfect with God, as Jesus say. My point is that this is the real faith. And that faith saves you, whatever happens to you in this life. -- But it sounds too easy. The people of Israel was supposed to follow the Law of Moses, and still is as far as I know. -- Yes but did they succeed? My point is that the Will of God was that they actually did not have the capacity. And they were not happy. Had they seen the true Will of God in all that is happening in the universe, they would perhaps have been very happy. This is also what Jesus teaches. He said at one point that they were actually following the devils will, not the Fathers. -- So what to do? -- Look at the Will of God in everything that happens. It will not do with a divine being among the clouds or somewhere else. See the Will of God taking place in the very circumstances you experience and everyone is experiencing. Actually some good jews, like Baal Shem Tov, did see this. Don't worry about the teachings. Just do it.
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-- But a theologian pursues his interests in theology, ok? So then it is the Will of God to do that? -- Exactly. If you like theology, go for it. What happens is the Will of God. My point is that if the theologian want to realize happiness he must divert his eyes to what actually happens as being God's Will. Then it is not about one particular theological point but the whole situation in his life, not only his reading and writing, but his wife, his children, his body and mind, everything. But what you find if you go to a theological conference is that there are many unhappy intellectual persons there. Just look at them. God's Will is certainly taking place but do they see it? -- Probably they see only their amibiton to discuss theories. -- Exactly. If you think you are the doer of the actions, then you will harvest fear and irritation and unrest. There is no peace in the private doership. -- But they are not perhaps looking for happiness or peace -- My point is that all human beings are wired for happiness and that this is the Will of God from the beginning. As an old blind monk in Grand Chartreuse said: "When you approach God you become happy. His infinite goodness makes you happy. In everything that happens you can approach God. Then you become happy." -- Maybe not all can have your faith! -- This is a problematic thing to say, actually. Kierkegaard treats this in one of his minor texts. To say that one person is able to have this faith and another not is to take awyay the most obvious fact: that we are one. In God's Will we are one and the same
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thing. A faith that one person has but another not, is a faith in something external only, something artificial. Real life is about what we all are one in, what we all have together. So my point is that seeing God's Will as it actually takes place, is something for all human beings. Jesus never spoke about some people being incapable of faith, only about sins that blocked their faith to come forth. -- So how do you come to the right faith -- By being unhappy. That lack of peace is a pain for you. At a certain point you break and admit it. Then you can see. God's Will is taking place right now! He's got the whole world in His hands, including me. Just like the old song from the 60's. I learned to sing it on my confirmation camp, as I was 14 years old. It was just a first intuition then. Later on I realized the truth of it. 2. -- My problem has often been that I believe in something for a day or two, then it changes. I find some new treatise or point of view and I start believing that until the next day something else turns up. I know that I should stop at one place and dig deeper therre, but I can't do it. -- No, no. You don't have to stop at once place or decide what you believe in. Just consider that God's active Will always taking place, no matter what you do. You can be muslim in the morning and jew in the evening. What does it matter? The Will of God is one and perfect in every manifestation of you seeking life. See this and rest at peace, reading this or that, thinking this or that. -- But all opinions cannot all be true?
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-- My point is that truth belongs to God only and His Will is what is actually taking place. His Will does not bother one bit about what you are deciding to be true. Trust in His Will, because it is done all the same. Enjoy the peace and freedom in that this Will is taking care of everything. -- But when really bad things happen to us? -- Then this is God's will all the same. Look at the Book of Job in the Bible. Whatever miseries fall upon this good man, he realizes after some doubt that the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. That is the Will of God. Listen, I met a woman, dying cancer. She said: "Don't worry, it is not I who am dying, it is only God's Will performing this death of a body. I am comfortable and soon I will meet Him." -- My moral choices must be of considerable importance, though. And they certainly involves a private doership? -- Yes you think and believe that you do theses choices. But actually they are only the Will of God, just as all the bad choices that are made every day on this earth. Terrible choices of action are performed, as you can see in the news everyday. But as you relax this notion of personal private choice and action and only see God's Will in everything, just like the sun shines on good and bad, the saint and the sinner, you and me, then you see how little you need this belief. My point is that God only is what you should be at a disposal for. Then, if you happen to be a great sinner, like many of us, a sweet repentance can start for the rest of you years on earth. Start today ! -- I think much evil takes place in the world. If the whole world is evil, is not Gods will evil too?
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-- My point is God's Will is perfect, both in what we experience as evil and what we experience as good. We always see a mixture and the Will of God is the only good. Jesus said: "Why do you call med good?" He pointed out clearly that only God is good, only God, nothing else. So therefore the Will of God is always good. God cannot lie to his own nature of infinite goodness. His Will, visible to some degree in what is happening, is perfectly good. That, of course, does not stop us from having reactions to the evil things we experience. But reactions fade away and what is constant is the loving Will of God. My point is that if you have this attitude, you will find peace of mind. -- So we should not involve us at all with reactions to evil? -- Why should you break the connection to the peace in His Will? There is no good reason. Jesus said that we should not at all bother about worldly things, not bother about what tomorrow brings. Why? Beacuse any way only the Will of God will manifest, nothing else. Plan all you will, do your best, but do not worry for tomorrow Jesus said. You are as good as God's Will and good grace makes you be. His grace is sufficient for you. -- I wish it worked for me, but I seem to be dominated by my conditioned person and this limited body of mine... -- Your are right ! There is is domination of conditioned persons and bodies. But my point is that the Will of God is manifesting in exactly this way and you can have that attitude, that knowing or "pistis" as the greek term is for it. Do whatever you do and be aware of den Divine Will at actual work. Try that, take that and it will take you. That is Christ in you and as you. But do not think theology, just do it. As St Augustine says, your soul will not find
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peace until it rests in God, and in practical terms that means what is happening according to His Will. -- Does that include love? Our love or God's love? -- Good question. Yes, the Will of God not only is love, but also cannot be anything else. God cannot lie and His nature is infinite love. But the only practical way for you and me to love Him, and so to speak reflect -- respond -- His love is of course in the daily happenings and events. He is the Only Doer and we love Him for that. We can spend hours and days doing this. We love the Act of Love which is the Will of God. And this is actually what we pray for when we say "Thy will be done on earth..." -- Actually that prayer is the Lords prayer, the one that Jesus taught. -- Exactly. Jesus loved the Father this concrete way. The Will of the Father was the life of Jesus, and the love from the Father was reflected in His love for the Father. How did He love the Father? My point is that it was through recognizing how everything that happened to Him was according to the Fathers Will. And the same goes for us if we want to find peace and happiness. -- Is this a form of Christian faith? -- My point is that it is true and that we human beings are meant to be happy through this truth, and as Jesus says: truth will set you free. The happy life is a life when we, as Saint Anthony once discovered, live only with God. To see His Will in everything that happens is that life in a very practical way. -- Saint Anthony went to a cave in the egyptian desert...
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-- Yes but God's Will is taking place everywhere and at all moments in time. In fact your whole life is now such an event i Gods Will. So the cave for contemplation is right in your heart and you can begin this practical path.
3. -- What about finding the good in life? I know it is not the pleasures of gratifying the senses. Is it fulfillment of some sort? -- No, no, there is no such finding the good. Search all you can and you will only find your own ambition with toil and tears. The highest good is already manifesting Itself in the Will of God everywhere in this moment. If you witness this, knowing it is God's Will, all the good in the universe will naturally reveal itself. You are alone with the Divine source, in fact uniting with the Father. So no searching and finding, no fullfilment, simply appreciate that "Thy Will be done on earth..." It is simple, Jesus taught it and manifested it in Himself. - Everyone is looking for the good in their own way, right? - Yes. We humans do everything to find the good, day after day. In what is called sin, the good is also sought. That is, everything actually testifies to God's supreme goodness, including the sins themselves. But salvation is something else. My point is that salvation is simply knowing and witnessing the Will of God in everything that actually takes place. Then all seeking stops. The infinite beauty of the Fathers Will is all for us.
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-- While most men certainly seek fame or praise - how many do even care for the salvation of man? -- Actually in secret lonely moments I think every human being cries for salvation. They may not call it with that term. But they cry for it like a baby. They could learn some from père Jean FontFroide: " I am disturbed and upset on my road through life and my tastes are frustrated. The Divine Master makes me an earthly tour of which I would have a great desire to sulk: but abandonment to his holy will is even better. (January 8, 1885) -- Indeed, many have all the reasons to sulk... -- My point is that everything takes place according to His Will, and so you can use everything as a resting place for adoration and comfort in Him. You don't even judge it, not even involve yourself, since that means loosing your rest in His Will. Jesus actually has one simple admonishment, as N.P. Guigo says: "Fácil precepto el que te impone el Señor: la felicidad, la paz, la ausencia de vanos temores y turbaciones. Es decir, la perfección en el amor a Él." This is illumination, salvation. -- I have noticed that all the good I have found has been rather shadow-like. Indeed, after a day or two, it simply fades away. Then I have to look for it somewhere else. -- That is right, shadow-like and superficial, even things we praise like family relations. My point is that the only thing sustainable is the happiness of the highest good, that is God's Will as it takes place in all things happening to us. When you are lived by this Will then there is the true good in the human life. This is the Good that you cannot lose.
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-- But can I love a will? -- This Will is of course the heart of a Person, actually the only person in the universe, reality itself, which is living love, manifesting in everything that is happening. But you can be in doubt about what or how this Person exists, while the thing that happens are real to you. So by witnessing this loving Will you actually adore the Person. My point is that the is-ness of the loving Will is the Person of reality itself. -- Can you give examples in practical life? -- Take for example you sitting in a cafĂŠ in a big shopping mall. When you witness all the people going around, have the inner attitude of: "This is the Will of the Father that I am looking at !" and you will notice how you love all the others in a very disintered and peaceful way. You really love all these figures old and young. It is about your attitude. I even use to sing a song about every human body, having an eternal soul within that longs for the love of the Father. I sing it while I look at all the individuals coming and going. -- Love at the mall ! -- And another is watching the sky -- this universal manifestation of God's Will and therefore a divine harmoni of heaven and earth. Every single process in this enormous universe is a manifestation of the Will of the Father, a cosmic law of love and wisdom, in which everything that takes place is also meant to take place and nothing can stop it. Conversely everything that is not supposed to happen will never happen, nothing can produce it. This witnessing you can find in Boethius Consolation of Philosophy and later on in Leibniz Monadology. My point is that this attitude of watching God's Will actually taking place is salvation and
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happiness. Try and see ! Or like Jesus said in John 1:39: Come and see ! -- Well my family was methodist so I did not hear such things at home. -- My point is that it does not matter what religion you have, it is all about seeing the Will of God. It is much like the preacher who woke Charles Spurgeon up one day in the Artilley Evangelical Church in Colchester one sunday morning. The preacher repeated the words: "Look, look, look..." and meant that the young boy should look at Jesus. This is also what Jesus did: He looked at the Will of the Father, actually operating in Himself all his life and in His death and resurrection. Whatever you believ or not believe, just look at what is actually happening, the manifestation of God and his Will. -- Is peace the main goal of your teaching? -- No, peace is the foundation for salvation and happiness. My point is that every action is already decided by God's Will. Once you live that attitude peace comes your way. Try and see. Then happiness will be a gift from God. Then you can be condescending and even loving to your adversary while on the road (Mt 5:25). You do everything to achieve peace when God's Will is the center for your witnessing. And my point is that there is no other path to that peace, than that of the truth of the Will of God. -- I have enemies, I know that. But I avoid them as best I can. Like Henry James, the novelist, wrote in a letter, I spend much time avoiding people.
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-- That is the suspicious nature of all human beings. Then they run into all sorts of trouble. Adversity, however, teaches you to desire peace. Where can you find it? Not in external things, not in your own actions. Only by seeing the Will of God operating in every event of the universe, and especially in your family members and friend. -- Why do I allow in myself what I dislike in others - anger? -- My point is that anger arises as a result of "I am the doer of my actions." This attitude brings anger and worry and it destroys peace of heart and mind. When you accept totally that only God is acting, only the Father is the agent, peace will follow. -- But can I choose another attitude? -- If you get angry at one moment that is clearly the Will of God. Then you learn from your anger what peace is. Then you try to accept your own anger as the Will of God. Suddenly no anger arises, because this is a disinterested and true attitude, real faith in the Fathers activities. -- Anger control? -- Not at all. You simply connect to the fountain of living water, which is a metaphor for the Will of God. As Guigo says. "Do not boast the pool of abundance of water: it is from the fountain. The same you of peace. This peace always comes from something foreign to yourself." This "foreign" is the Will of God, always manifesting. -- That would be so secure, to have that totally accepting attitude.
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-- Every man craves security. And the further you will be from security, the more exposed you live to restlessness. Where do you find security? Only in the ongoing Will of God, operating as your reality. The you are ready for total acceptance. -- To me a word, a simple thought of others takes away my peace. How exposed I live to irritation, sadness and embarrassment! -- Yes you are right ! Thoughts of others or of yourself is the root of unrest. But as all temptations this temptation is the Will of God to teach us about peace and compassion. Therefore, my point is, as soon as you accept everything as actions of the One, peace arrives as a receit of this truth of reality. Truth shall set you free, says Jesus, and it is obvious. 4. -- My point is that only total acceptance is faith. No reservation because you see God's Will actually takes place in all things that happen. If you reserve some actions as evil and outside of God's Will you do not have faith any more. The only doer is the One Father, and so nothing can fall outside of His love and action. -- But what about my sister who took her life as a young woman? No one cared about her panic attacks and her deep sadness. -- Good example ! Will you put this event outside of God's love and care? Every day this happens, and much worse thing than suicide. Do you have peace of mind? That is the question. Are you happy in faith? Do you think God's loving Will stops because your sister did that to herself? Maybe He loves her even more now in the next dimension? Will you honour your sister by grieving for years?
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-- So there is no alternative to witness His Will taking place? -- That is my point. Nothing else matters. This is where are still, we are in peace and grace pours in. Thy Will be done ! We all must intermittantly act but rather than react we rest in the very action. That way we don't loose faith and happiness. -- But as soon as we get involved in something, we loose faith. -- Yes but experience tells us now that as soon as the biological reaction is over, for example in heavy traffic and difficult navigation, then we rest and reconnect to the Source. Then we only witness everything happening to us and rest in His Will for us. -- But there is a problem here. If every event automatically is the Will of God, then there is no sense in saying that anything is the Will of God. There must be a difference. In the Bible we read that certain kings in old Israeli times "did not what was good in the eyes of God". So there is the difference. Right? -- No no, you talk about human beins making bad choices, for exampel follow the illusion of being a private doer, separate from God. God's Will remains exactly what it is in every event, but human beings ignore it. Ignoring it means that what happens is the Will of God although we ignore it -- we are supposed to experience good and evil consequenses, the good coming from awareness of the Will of God and the bad generally coming from ignoring it. When we are aware of God's Will in what happens, we unite energy with Him and when we ignore that His Will is the causing factor, then we separate our energy from His. My point is that this separation inevitably brings alienation, fear, difficulties
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of all kinds and this is what we call sinning. Jesus said: "Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more!" It is a very clear admonition. -- It is not easy. It is not easy to live, not easy to die. Don't you agree? We cried when we got born, we cry as we lye dying... -- So my point is that you cannot die. And you did not get born by your own action either. God's Will is taking place in letting your body be born and later on get sick or get old and sick and finally die. Your body is weak and people sit around you. But it is not you doing anything. It takes care of itself as a manifestation of God's Will. Why, therefore, worry about it? Peace means you never worry about being born or dying. You do your best to carry the day, that's all. -- That seems to mean that we are out of control, really. -- That is the point. We do never know what the next thought will be. We never know when we will die, perhaps in an accident. We are not in control. But the Will of the loving God is always in control, no event can take place without it. Seeing this you can rely totally on the Provider of all things, Him through whom everything has its being. When H. Spaffords four daughters all drowned in the Atlantic, he wrote the hymn "All is well with my soul", indicating that indeed Spafford saw the Will of God even in this enormous bereavement. -- So when we do something, it is actually God willing it? -- That is the point, again ! Not only has God's Will the whole world in His hands but also every single moment in your life. When you accept and wonder and profoundly appreciate this, you will discover peace and true happiness. You are also free of all attempts to prove something. Instead of a private energy separate
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from God's, you have synergy with His Will. That is total acceptance. -- And how do I avoid breaking the connection, the synergy? For sometimes I am really enthusiastic about many things and think I am perfectly all right. -- You can detect the brokeness by the sadness within you, the unrest, agitation, the unease. The body shows you, because the psychophysical aspect is used by God to show you His Will. When Saint Anthony had his struggle with demons, a physical pain was the most obvious sign at times. The same for you and me. Something is not right and we feel it clearly. When you see this just say: This is God's Will manifesting. Soon you witness and rely on His Will again. -- What about when we were children? Did we share synery with God's Will then? Jesus said that we should be like children to enter the Kingdom? -- He was right there. A small child is purely objective and lives in a sort of synergy with the total reality. You can see how a child simply put his or her hands over the eyes when it does not like the world as it is. Then everything is ok ! Later on doubt comes into the child and separation, subjectivity enters the mind. You see that when the child realizes other children being better, more skillful, more popular. Competition sets in. The unity is broken. My point is that when we take faith in that all that is taking place is the Will of God manifesting, then this is again pure objectivity and we enter into it, which is synergy. It is union with God's Will and I think Jesus was hinting at that. -- The smallest distraction is felt I suspect. The slightest involvement in something other than His Will?
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-- That is the point. Why should you want to deviate for even a minute of you life? Distraction will occur, of course. Things tat must be attended to, problems to be solved, rather sooner than later. Unforeseeable complications. Temptations to be distracted is always there. But actually there is no good reason to fall for it. Help out as best you can for the moment. But do not get involved and break the conncection to the Will of God, which actually is the essence of sin. Be free and sin no more, says the Saviour. I take him ad notam. -- I guess some jobs really need you to have a lot of biological reactions, like fire-fightning and dangerous rescuing work. And these vigilant reactios also disturb you emotionally. Right? -- Biological reactions to come in harms way are of course necessary for our living safely. But when time for rest comes, even in the middle of danger, intermittantly, then the Will of the Father is recognized. A lot of people in the history of war and periods of crimewaves, can testify to deep confidence to the presence of the Fathers Will. Actually these perils often strengthen their faith and deep joy press through, albeit the miserable circumstances. When practical troubles come my way I often think of all the preachers imprisoned and tortured in modern day Russia and China. -- Often I find that what others are feeling to be troublesome or problematic, directly disturbs me. -- My point is that you are one with others in pain. By connecting to the Source of the Father you help them, not only with words but in your state of peace and happiness. We are all together in this so your peace is important to others. Therefore, to help others, develop you love to peace. The highest object to love is
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whithout the shadow of doubt, the very loving Will of God. As you see it happen in every experience you have, you will grow to love it, prefer it to anything else in the world. Then you help others. You love God and help everyone you meet.
5. -- "Thy will be done..." is from a prayer that Jesus gave us. Is that the most important prayer, the Lord's prayer? -- Actually I have my favourite verse in another place: "Let not your heart be troubled." That is in my view the most central admonition of the Saviour. That is John 14:1. My point is that if you have this as a central focus, you will find that only when you are not the doer, the heart will at last rest from trouble. You see, as long as there is the least notion of a self as doer, unrest will follow. There is only one way, as I have found, to an untroubled heart: seeing that God's Will is the only doer of everything that takes place. -- The Lord's prayer is of course directed to the Father. -- Quite so. But among the many prayers, seven of them, that you find in The Lord's prayer, the one about the Fathers Will I find the most pertinent in my life. That is all. It is really the most practical way to peace and happiness, once you begin to apply it. It also connects to the prologue of Johns gospel: "In the beginning was the Word...." Now this "word" is actually a verb, like "action" or "Being done". The latin word "nomen" was earlier "Gnomen" which is a knowing and acting at the same time. The Word is in concrete reality the Will of God in action and operation, for us to see that.
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-- So is this the truth that Jesus said will liberate us? The truth about the active God? Is he not talking about the truth of himself as the Saviour? That he is the Messiah? -- My point is that you will not experience freedom and a restful heart unless you see everything that happens as the Will of the Father. So I think this is the spirit of truth, whom the world of separate doers cannot recieve, as Jesus says in John 14:17. When people of the world fail to recognize God's Will in continous action in everything you see, then they become impotent of recieving the peaceful, restful heart. They have the presumtion of controlling what will happen and acting as the doers of reality. Jesus says of Himself that He is visible in the Will of the Fathers, and bccause He is eternally living, we shall also be. We shall overcome by resting in the Will of God. -- And who is Jesus himself? -- The most lovely expression of who He is comes from Himself: "I am in my Father". And as we have a tranquil heart in the Will of the Father, we can trust Jesus when He says that we are in Jesus and He in us.(John 14:20) This union life is clearly the highest manifestation of the Fathers Will. Jesus Himself manifest Himself in us and to the Father. -- A wonderful faith ! -- Yes, but a warning here ! It is not metaphysics or greek philosophy. My point is: this is very practical and day to day business. With love for Jesus, with humility and care you have to accept totally all that come your way as the Will of God. And when distraction and false involvement comes, just go back to the Father's Will in what actually takes place. The Spirit will help you if you have that intention. You don't have to do anything. Just
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have the intention to accept His Will, and the Spirit will help you with it. -- And Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you...." -- That is my point.
6. -- As a boy I had a friend from whom I bought an airgun rifle and at the first shooting the bullet ricocheted to almost destroying my right eye. My friends mother saw this and exclaimed: "God helped you there ! You still have your eyes boy !" That even made me think of how God knows everything beforehand. For example in this moment you do not know what you will think of in five minutes. But God does, being the only actor he already know, the film is in the can so to speak, -- But how can this speculation be a personal practise? I know how to do meditation, but this is not like that. -- Meditation is good for us, but it is an arrangement. You arrange how to sit, breathe, say in your mind and so on. My point is that reality as it reveals itself in your live is the center. You do not produce the thoughts and feelings coming along. They just come by the Will of God. So already as a boy I felt this when my friends mother reacted to my almost destroying my eye by careless shooting. I realized I had no control, ultimately, of what is coming my way. -- But what is the practical and personal practise out of this?
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-- My point is that the reality of God's Will taking place within us and whithout us is to be considered and even loved at all times. That is a very practical thing to do. Only that way are we settled in the peace that Jesus Christ wanted to give us by union with Him. At the same time your are not doing anything because the Doer Himself is doing all of it. Only thing for you is witnessing in thankfulness and wonder. -- Like the birds and the flowers that the Gospel talks about. -- That is the point. Our true attitude is that of wonderous gratefulness for the gift of being, of ocurring in the Will of the Father, the Supreme Person, willing us. -- But when life is difficult or dangerous even, it is hard to remember this. -- Yes of course. But I will tell you about a person. So I had this friends son who was an infantry soldier, stationed in Syria. As he was lying down, shooting, he realized he could lose his life any minute. He did not have much fear, it was not compatible with being alert. Instead there was a remarkable freedom. He said to God, because he was a believer, "Father you can have me killed any second now. You have it your way, I praise Thee Lord." And some days later he was shot in both shoulders, carried away to the field hospital, where he wrote a letter to me. In it he told me about this strange peace of having totally accepted a bullet in his head. No judgement of anyone or anything. Just the Will of God. In a way we are all in his situation, although most of us would not be so efficient soldiers. We have no control, as best we can we take care, but no ultimate control. -- From another view it is always about not getting involved in thoughts, is it not? Do what you can but never get involved !
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-- Yes, in a way the peace of accepting God's Will is about not protesting or reacting, but rathe act according to circumstances, whichever they happen to be. My friends son, the infantry soldier, did not judge anyone or anything, just accepted what was happening and making the best of it. Of course, he can be convinced of pacifism later on. But that is purely intellectual and moral. The peace we are talking about is witnessing God's Will actually taking place. Then you do not get involved as if you were doing anything. -- What is a thought? -- It is either a memory, pointing past or pointing future, or it is a fresh thought of a need, an operational mode of thinking "this has to be done", for exampel "I am thirsty, I will go to the fridge and get some cool youghurt drink. Operationel thoughts are quickly resolved into an action. That's the end of it. No more involvement. But memory thought tend to stick and produce more of the same kind. For example resentments or missing something that were experienced yesterday or way back. These thought projects themselves into the future and get you involved in long dramas. -- They involve you and you loose your being in touch with the Source of the Father. -- That is my point. The operational thoughts are expedient and will not generally involve you after the action is taken care of. But memory thinking hypnotizes you and put you in prison. The prison is the illusion "I am the only doer". So not getting involved is a very simple procedure when you witness the flow of events as actually coming from the Will of the Father. It is also a very intimate relationship with God because there is synergy. Lifetime
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contemplatives sometimes find this relationship and live anonymous lives in great happiness. -- But why do certain persons become contemplatives and not involved, and others suffer from so many worldly involvements? -- We don't know, but certainly it is the Will of God acting out and manifesting this ignorance of happiness and love. Of course by manifesting this ignorance we have clear demonstrations from God of how not to live, very clear instructions on what to change and find peace instead. But still, many people get wasted on all sorts of painful involvements in thoughts. -- It is their destiny? -- Maybe, but they clearly have a free will to stop involving themselves and just witness the flow of events and thank God like Job did many ages ago. "The Lord brings, the Lord takes away. Blessed is His Name!" Alternatively, if you get involved in bitterness over the loss, you have to carry more and more burdens and you ignore totally that Jesus Christ died for the release of these burdens, and accepting peace. -- "Accepting peace" is interesting. Many would be surprised because is not peace a wonderful thing to have? But you emphazise the very accepting of it.
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Practical help to accept peace and happiness in life