In search of … what?

Posted: June 12, 2011 in Emerson Challenge

Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


To look squarely in the eye that which cannot hold the gaze!

To hold firmly that which should not be held!

The Divine … … … is what? We all know, or have an idea of what. We all have an experience of what we mean by the Beloved, the Divine. We can all point to areas in our lives where this Divine is present or has been present, and our trust of the same can of course give us great comfort in our lives. Succour, as a best selling book has it. And of course what works is what works. We can entertain our own truth as long as it works for us, and when it doesn’t something usually crashes and after a brief period of doubt, the world spins around, rights itself and we breathe on. Divine. We know this!

But do we? How sure are we that we can point to this Divine, that we can comfortably rest in the security of this knowing. Can we, for certain know anything? Sure we can convince ourselves that we do, we can rest comfortably in our reasoning of our knowing, our defense of it. But can we surely know!

The Divine is of course unknowable for a reason. This reason being that all here is in flow, a continuous motion, a maelstrom of combined history, present and potential. And this cloud is the world, it is the creating and unfolding. In a greyhound race, the moment the dog catches the rabbit the race is over, the dog has no more reason to go on. Its mission accomplished. If we were to know God fully then this life would be over, no movement to go on at all. The curtain is up, the wizard has been seen and, as magnificent as this may be, it would also dead end both us and God. So intelligently what we are looking for is always just over the horizon, just, heatbreaking sometimes yet still just; out of reach.

Do you know the Divine? Have you experienced your True Nature? You tell me this and all I know for sure is one thing: I know you.

And you have not, because although it may seem to be true for you, and ostensibly is true for you, it is impossible to know anything for sure in this realm.


Emerson Challenge day # 11

  1. Michi says:

    Tony, thanks. Good writing. Life, Universe, God is one hell of a trickster. Just as we think we have it all figured out, we get that belief tested and reassured that we don’t. What I know for sure, is that I don’t know.

    There is a clear distinction between what I believe to be true and what’s the truth. Sometimes they mught very close to one another. But what do I know…really. I can’t possibly hold the truth, the whole truth within myself every single moment. I am human. But I sure am a seeker and on a quest. Not for answer per se, rather on a search for questions and meaning to my life.

    in’Lakesh Tony.

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