Some believe they must suffer in order to find salvation. As they see it, so shall it be. Some believe salvation will come naturally, blissfully, without effort. As they see it, so shall it be. Some believe that salvation must come through intense introspection, intellectual hardship, deep understanding. As they see it, so shall it be. Some believe they must devote themselves to God, surrender totally and without any part left out, in order to find salvation. As they see it, so shall it be. When they finally laugh, they will see it has all been, only because they saw it as such, and the seeing itself created what was believed to be the obstacle. What was always there was that which was able to show whatever it is you chose to project. It is that ‘thing’ which can accommodate any and all projections that is of utmost importance. That is you. That is Christ. That is God. That is Spirit. It is One.
Sermon, January 21, 2020
We are like a person sweltering on a hot summer day, standing at the edge of a pool, wanting, simultaneously, to get relief from the heat, but not to get wet. We come to Christ, to the Absolute Truth which ends all of our imagined suffering, through His Grace and yet we bring ourselves, resisting actual freedom. His Grace brought you, His Grace will take you, and His Grace will finish you. You have come for something you can’t even imagine, because of something you can’t really imagine, and now it is time to stop imagining all together, to fall backward into the pool of Grace, letting go of even the idea of the person, you believe, was carried by such Grace.
The only barrier to awakening, to salvation, is “you”. If you are here, reading this sermon, then you are ‘seeking’. In fact, we are all constantly seeking, along different paths, perhaps calling the thing sought by different names. The only constant in seeking is the ‘you’, the idea of the seeker and the idea of what is sought.
What is it that makes us think we can recognize salvation when we find it? What is that initial, instant moment out of which comes the desire to know God? Did we choose that moment and what came out of it? Why do we assume that we are able to choose the right path and then know when we get the right result?