Monday, August 04, 2008

What is Right

I have mentioned in this blog that my fourteen year old son is very spiritual and he asks me deep questions. The other day he went to a Baptist church with one of his friends, and the preacher gave one of those sermons that are heavy in judgment, making my son angry. When he got home, he asked me how do we know that what we believe is right. I explained that there is only the appearance of right and wrong in this experience. Each of us has different beliefs based on our past experiences and future expectations. We see life through our own unique rose colored glasses. and even what we see as right and wrong can change in the next moment. Truth is not variable. It is self evident. What underlies all of these belief systems is what is Real, what is changeless. My book, my words, and this blog are not Truth. They are symbols which may or may not point us to the Divine. God is not about symbols or perception, because these change. If someone can find benefit in my words/symbology which can point them to their divine nature, then that is great. Everyone who listens to this judgmental Baptist preacher is also being led to the Divine, because all roads lead to God. God is All. These roads may appear to take a person away from God, but their path just may be a little longer. Or someone listening to this preacher may learn from contrast. They may learn about Love through the appearance of non Love (the judgment.) There are an infinite number of ways this can happen, and everyone, including me and this preacher, are exactly where they need to be. Maybe this preacher, this manifestation of God, decided to come to know God in this experience by being a piece of the puzzle that appears to be negative. What a sacrifice he is making for others. Remember, we are all One, and we are doing this together. In this experience, in appearance only, the difference between the preacher and me is that I know that God can be reached in innumerable ways, traditions, religions. And I know that what I am speaking about is not ultimate Truth, because words and symbols are still part of the illusion.

Next time you encounter someone with heavy judgment, hear them out. If you judge them, you are falling in the same trap and illusion they are in. Remember that this person is also on a path of remembrance and recognition to their true Divine nature, just like you are. Ask yourself the question, why have they been brought to me.

7 Comments:

  • At 6:39 PM , Anonymous karen said...

    I really like the idea of considering opposing viewpoints as "contrast", of cultivating an understanding that the essense of love may actually become more apparent in one instance simply because it's so obviously missing in another. What a wonderful way to encourage compassion and humility!

     
  • At 8:06 PM , Blogger Lawrence Doochin said...

    Karen,
    That is a beautiful way of putting it!

     
  • At 10:32 PM , Blogger firebird said...

    Wow--your world view in this post is very Zen. It's so extreme that it's tempting to take the challenge and try it.
    If your son takes this to heart, he will be wise beyond his years--sounds like he already is!

     
  • At 11:24 AM , Anonymous Paul Maurice Martin said...

    Is the Divine something to be believed in? Directly experienced? Either way, how is it known or believed to be the Divine or God - and not something subjective?

    If God is All, what about things that we consider immoral and evil?

    Looking at your site, it looks to me like we're on similar wavelengths. I ask these questions because they're the sorts of questions I once asked myself and that I think many people have wondered about.

     
  • At 3:44 PM , Blogger Lawrence Doochin said...

    Paul,

    Great questions. Let me start with the last part. Each of us has a different concept of what is immoral or evil, and even our own view changes frequently. We might say that murder is "evil" in all cases, but someone who had a daughter that was raped might say that murder is justified.Truth is not debatable nor changeable. It is self evident. Your particular belief or perception is not Truth, so someone who thinks they hold the Truth is mistaken. I think we can all agree that there is the appearance of "evil" in the world. But this is only an appearance. If there were truly evil, God would not be One. The belief in evil and hell stems from the belief in separation, that God is not One. When we say that God is One, we are also saying that God is complete and whole and is all there is. So we have only an appearance of evil. The person who commits murder or abuse does not know their Oneness at a personality level, but God is still expressing through them as He is for each of us. And every experience is holy, no matter the appearance. It helps to take the larger perspective and remember that all of this is an illusion or a play. Would you condemn someone who committed a murder in a play? The "good" thing about this appearance of evil is that it provides a contrast to what is Real. Love is all that exists, and we can know this Love through the appearance of Love, or through the contrast, the non appearance of Love.

    Now for your first question, I believe that we are experiencing God in every moment, and God is experiencing Himself through us. It is only our lack of recognition of this and our lack of remembrance of our true nature which prevents us from knowing this. Every experience in this dream is brought to us, by our choices, to help us remember who we really are. And I think it is subjective for every person. That is the beauty of it. God is experiencing Himself in an infinite number of ways. Are we fooling ourselves? Possibly, but it depends on your definition of fooling yourself. When you go down this path of Love, what arises within you is the greatest Love, peace, and joy. The changes that have occurred in me are very real, and it flows through all of my relationships. I talk a lot about this in my book, about how I was a very miserable, angry, and fearful person. So for me it has been a miracle, and I have realized that everyone's experience of God is different in form. What is the same is that the Divine is found within.

     
  • At 10:00 AM , Anonymous Kathleen Gage said...

    Very insightful post. Guilt has long been a tool for control, thus sparking anger. And anger is often the flip side of fear.

    When we are clear on what our beliefs are the fear and anger will diminish. However, there are times when we doubt our own beliefs which allows us once again to go deep within to determine, "Is what I thought to be true, true?"

    I really enjoy your writings and insight.

    Kathleen Gage

     
  • At 11:29 AM , Blogger CG Walters said...

    I agree, Lawrence...our writings (and therefore, percepton) are very similar. As you said, we are all one.
    Many blessings to you and all you hold dear,
    CG

     

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