Thursday, July 1, 2010

Brian’s Reflection: Friday, July 2, 2010

Nothing can ever happen twice. In consequence, the sorry fact is
that we arrive here improvised and leave without the chance to practice.

You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects.

Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet, Nobel laureate, born on thus date, 1923

“Sorry fact”?? I don’t think so!

It is indeed true ( I think; I choose not to believe in pre-lives) that we “arrive here improvised “. This is good, to my thinking. And I have thought about this. It is certainly possible that we have been reincarnated from some previous life; a lot of people in this World believe this. I don’t. Though I must admit that regardless of what people think, the End seems to be the same. We arrive fresh in this Earthly life, without baggage, ready to make a unique go of it. And we have one Journey in this earthly, bodily existence. Do I know that this is the case. No. I don’t think anyone of us does. There are just various possibilities – and we can choose any one of them, depending on how they resonate with what our Intuition and our careful listening to religion and philosophy and our amazing Mind offer us. But: the choice is ours, to use as we choose.

“Arriving Improvised” and “Leaving Without the Chance to Practice” can be seen as the glory of human life! It’s a grand Adventure – as it should be. There is nothing before that hinders us, nothing about “what comes after” that constrains us from Going For It! So much of Religion has tried to distract us from really living this Life we have here on Earth enthusiastically and joyously and with Abandonment! “Be hesitant” it often says; don’t take risks; avoid making “mistakes” lest you screw up your chances; deny the challenges and the wonders and the leaps Life offers.

No thanks. Many religions have tried to bind us, in an attempt to control us and bend us in their desire for power. (Oh, I’m willing to concede that perhaps religions started out with some spiritual integrity, desiring to forward the human community towards the recognition of our divine nature. But once institutionalized, they were easily corrupted.)

We are born free. Free to take every step to create a Life that, each in our own unique way, reflects the Compassion, Love, Kindness, Peacefulness of that God of Love Whom we have created (well, some of us!) out of the magical Imagination that resides at our Core.

Given the Immensity of the Universe, of Being, it would be easy to think that our part in realizing It is negligible.

The “entire Cosmos” lurks in You and in Me.