“Someone was asking me some questions the other day-including some of the basics
that maybe we don’t think about enough. I think I wanted, like a day, to think about each one
and come up with the perfect answers: you know- things like what makes you unhappy and
what brings you joy.
Part of the conversation we had was about the choice to be happy or not. We can all
look at just about anything and find either something in it to be unhappy about or something to
be grateful about or something to be joyous about.
I love this time of year because the reminders are all around us. I was at my sisters
the other day and all of her tulips are starting to come up. Simply unfolding, in their slow and
steady way. We can think about all of the laws of nature that have come in to play to make
that happen. Or we can call it a miracle.
Miracle or Law? I don’t know. But I do know that when I start to get all in my head in
the analyzing of it I remind myself that if it wasn’t a little bit miraculous, I could make it.
So this is the last couple of weeks of Lent: this year I am borrowing a new acronym from
my friend Rev. Edward in No Calif. Lent-Living Enthusiastically with New Thinking.
His idea is that rather than giving up things like chocolate for Lent, as many of us grew
up doing, we give up thoughts and ways of being that no longer serve us. I liked this one for
“”Today I give up the idea that my thoughts are different from my words. I give up
the idea that things are independent from my ideas. I embrace the mystery of oneness and
diligently look for the signs of connectedness in everything that appears before me.”
What would you do if you believed that anything was possible?
I would snap my fingers and change the “system” so that no one was ever without
enough to eat again. I don’t know how to do that, but I can hold the vision and I can know that
the miracle is possible.
Why that? A lot of reasons, many of them having to do with numbers and facts about
food production and things that aren’t for this morning. But the biggest reason?
When I embrace the mystery of Oneness, when I truly remember and know that there is
no separation between myself and God and therefor there can be no separation between me
and you, then I know there is no they, there is no you, there is no me and. And when I really
get that, I know that allowing others to be hungry leaves us all hungry. Allowing others to be
poor, or mistreated, or harmed, leaves us all poor and mistreated and harmed.
We just might not see it right away. We might refuse to see it at all.
But here’s the thing I know today: when I refuse to see, when I walk by the hungry man
on the side of the road and I feel nothing, or I show contempt or disrespect. When I refuse to
feel, then I am keeping myself separate. And when I keep myself separate from you, I keep
myself separate from God.
And I no longer want to be separate.
Rumi said: Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers
within yourself that you have built against it.
That seems like a good assignment for this week.”
Above is an excerpt from a talk with Reverend Barbara Bue on 3-17-2013.