From the Book of Psalms: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Is there a soul among us that would doubt this truth? And yet, all my life, I’ve had questions about the Bible. I’ve encountered many contradictions; and these fueled contrary views on evolution. There came a point though, when it all became clear to me. As I see it, there are many gems of wisdom in the Bible, and indeed most religious text; but they are scattered like shells along the seashore. As I view them I find some to be no more significant to me than a grain of sand on the beach. But ever so often one catches my eye. Something about it touches me, resonates with me. I pick it up and make it my own. Such has been my spiritual journey in this lifetime, with all religious and spiritual text, taking what I can use, and leaving the rest, with the understanding that what I leave behind is still there for a reason, there for someone.
I believe the Great Soul saw fit to sprinkle ITs spiritual wealth among all of its creations, that wealth becoming evident only to those who have prepared themselves to receive it. But I can never know how the Light of God will strike the eye of another, nor how another’s mind will perceive it. Hence, I never question the spiritual view of another, nor cease in my own yearning for greater spiritual understanding.
Life is generally lived in two ways, from the outside-in, and from the inside-out. Life lived from the outside-in is life focused on self; and self is, well to be honest, selfish. Surely there are times when I must focus on self; but that could easily become a distortion, which interrupts the natural flow of unconditional love, which always flows from the inside-out. When the flow is impeded, the clog manifests in feelings of anxiety, confusion, exhaustion, stress, and other feelings. Those living life from the inside-out know that joy begins within. They can give tirelessly, unceasingly, knowing that within, they draw from an eternal fountain...
I recently retired from what I had to do for nearly 40 years, and now I get to do what I've always wanted to do - write. I've always been a poet at heart. I recently published my first book and am working on more. But I've always been a conscious being; life has been and continues to be a real experience for me. Nothing commands more of my attention than the plight of this world that I live in, and the humanity that I am a part of. I've just finished a poem, "Ode to the One Percent." It was inspired by frustration I felt with the current political circus, with its billionaire performances. But as I began to write, I felt the need to pour out all of my concerns. What started out as a few pages resulted in a 20 page plea to the One Percent. I would love to hear your comments. And if you like it, share this site with your friends. I'm wondering just how many others in the world feel the way I do.