The Essence of Life

Late last night when I took Max out for his final pee of the day, I was struck by the beauty of the night sky. I wondered how anyone could believe that all life, us, the world, our galaxy, the universe, was not fashioned by some magnificent being, an energy, a creative force. And, no matter what we humans do to each other and our planet, the Creator must be a force of good because only goodness can radiate such beauty in the face of humanity’s destructive, ego-centric actions. As I have aged, I see beauty everywhere: the sky, a tree, a leaf, a dragonfly or a rock, birds and other critters. Beauty is everywhere because it is the essence of life on Earth.

And children, even in these apartments where their lives are full of stress, I hear their laughter and their learning the fine art of negotiation. Boys will be boys and say things like, “My light saber has more power than yours,” and, “It does not! I challenge you to a swordfight!” I watch their plastic-sword fights out the glass doors, which are usually quite short because something else soon catches their attention. I see and pass by girls with their heads together, “I can’t believe she talked to him!” plotting some sort of payback. The younger ones say hi to Max or me and sometimes come along for part of our walk. They tell me about themselves, what’s on their minds and I try to offer a  kind word or two. Our own beauty is in learning who we are and why we are here. Our inner beauty is always present, waiting only for us to knock on its door.

I thought about our Creator (Him/ Her/ Spirit/ Light Within) as I looked at the sky last night and wondered how He/She feels when our hearts swell with love for Him/Her. Having endlessly broadcasted Love in our direction, it has got to be pretty wonderful when it is finally returned. There really are only two ways to live, two worlds, and we get to choose: See the beauty and feel the Love, or separate and feel the pain and struggle. We, on this planet, are the sheep who got lost and who the Master comes after so that not even one beloved lamb is lost.

Where to Now?

shooting starI never had a problem with Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. I figure God created the whole universe, so whether or not He made us to evolve from great apes or we were simply planted here one day, doesn’t seem to matter so much. Whatever God’s plan is, He/She is in charge of the details. There’s still so much science and religion don’t know, and I think it’s far more honest to acknowledge this and say, “You know, we really don’t understand how this (or that) happened. Everything’s a theory at this point.” If any of us ever do stumble upon ‘the truth,’ it will probably be the physicists. Even now, they’ve discovered we consist of vibrating atoms that are made up of mostly empty space. Isn’t that cool? Is the empty space where our souls reside? I don’t know, but why not tell our school children the truth and encourage them to (ad)venture forth and discover?

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What is Karma?

KARMA: In Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, karma is the quality of a person’s current and future lives as determined by that person’s behavior in this and in previous lives.

I remember when I first considered the ideas of reincarnation and karma. The suggestion that I had lived before felt instinctively right (and helped me to better understand my dreams) but when I heard the word, ‘karma, I thought, “Ouch!”

I wonder who first said, “What goes around, comes around,” putting the Bible’s teaching, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” into modern lingo? Haven’t we all thought it, ‘What goes around, comes around, asswipe,’ especially at school and work, and in the car?

But, above and beyond our thoughts of, ‘You’ll get yours,’ what is karma, really? I think of it as a reflection of our state of being, a sum total of our level of consciousness as we enter a lifetime. Though we are given the free will to choose between basic styles of living–inflicting violence or bestowing blessings–the universe does seem to have some laws of its own, such as, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” It makes sense, really, that we end up as, and with, the results of what we have done. How’d you like to get randomly stuck with someone else’s karma? Can you imagine the chaos and the bitter reaction to the unjustness of everything?

I have read about something called the Akashic Records, a place where all of our thoughts, feelings and actions from every lifetime are said to be recorded. Yikes!  One night I had a dream that I was in a giant room filled with row upon row of stacked floor-to-ceiling drawers. I walked to a drawer, pulled it open and pulled out several different cards, each one showing me records from different lifetimes. ‘Holy sh-t!’ I thought, shoving my drawer closed, awakening instantly.

So, what are we to do about what we have done? Apparently we are to use each successive lifetime to learn and grow, to become better people. This is not forced upon us, but the reaping part of, “As we sow, so shall we reap,” becomes much darker and heavier if we don’t. There are some wonderful ideas about letting go of the past, and changing our lives by changing what we believe and how we live, at the blog, Sending Joy. And while it is true that nothing can happen to someone that is undeserved, we are all related here on Earth and thus share a group-karma, which can be elevated through love and compassion and giving of ourselves to others. Every kindness, and every act of forgiveness, heals the whole.

You Are SO Loved

One day, when my sons were little, we had a conversation that went something like this:

“You know how the men built our house? The concrete first to set the house on and keep the snakes out, the outside walls to keep us safe inside, the inside walls to make the rooms where we’d live, and then how they put the roof on to keep the weather out?”

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What Do You Look Like Without a Body?

Sometimes my thoughts get to going and I wonder things like, If we could meet up without our bodies, what would we look like? Do our essences still have strong passions, strong opinions? If we couldn’t arm wrestle to see who’s right, would we, um . . . shoot fire from our eyes?

Or, would we, from the perspective of our souls, see how thin our opinions are? Without skin, we couldn’t be racists. Without bodies, we’d see what it is we all have in common, what we really are, every single one of us: souls, cells on God’s body. In life, we may have super-powered our way to the ‘top,’ but without bodies, who’s at the top of the heap? God–to show us. If we find ourselves in a lifetime without the support of a loving family and the opportunity for a good education, who’s at the bottom after this life? God–to hold us.

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