Sharing in the divine life of the Creator

According to an old European mystery tradition that goes back to Plato, all created things share in the divine life of the Creator. In fact it was the Creator’s desire to share and expand that divene life that resulted in in creation. In a sense, by creating the planets, stars, elements, animals, human beings, all wildlife, and all the spiritual entities that exist, the Creator multiplied the forms, shapes, and possibilities for divine ife to manifest and experience itself.

Another way to put it is that divine life is such a good thing that even the Creator yearns for it, yearns to have it more abundantly, and so allows it to spill over and flow out and reshape itself in the varied forms of physical life that make up our universe. And the result is that the Creator finds all things not only good but also lovable.

God yearns for the goodness in us, in nature, and in all things, and loves it.
-tom cowan, Yearning for the Wind

Advertisements

Suffering… when you are not in control and you know it!

How difficult it is to be a man and know that I am not in control. I want to fix so badly. In these days when Kat and I are really trying to learn about self-care and staying healthy for the baby, and struggling in our attempts, this lesson of control is so real. To be with my wife while she is in the throes of coughing or the agony of a clenched up back, and feeling as though there is nothing I can do, is emotionally and even physically disorienting.

It is such an effort for me to call on that place of love and acceptance, of calm, patience, and breath. Presence remains… personal, loving, healing. And my prayers go there, and go there, and go there, and go there. Breathe, breathe, breathe… remember. And then of course, I call the “village” mothers and my own mother… HELP!

These words I recently read from Richard Rohr (The Naked Now) have been so encouraging… It is what it is. I have said it myself many times.

When you are inside great love and great suffering, you have a much stronger possibility of surrendering your ego controls and opening up to the whole field of life.

[In suffering], things happen against your will… you are not in control – which is what makes it suffering. And over time, you can learn to give up your defended state, again because you have no choice. The situation is what it is… The suffering might feel wrong, terminal, absurd, unjust, impossible, physically painful, or just outside of your comfort zone. So you see why we must have a proper attitude towards suffering, because many things every day leave us out of control – even if just a long stoplight. Remember, always, however, that if you do not transform your pain, you will surely transmit it to those around you and even to the next generation.

Suffering can lead you in either of two directions: It can make you very bitter and close you down, or it can make you wise, compassionate, and utterly open, either because your heart has been softened, or perhaps because suffering makes you feel like you have nothing more to lose.