Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Fourth and Walnut

The following words of Thomas Merton come to me today in Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation.  It is such a wonderful reminder of, and inspiration on, what can be.  Yesterday, I was with how we divide into "us" and "them", when compassion for all might be a more pleasant and joyful way to live.  I found myself sending loving thoughts to the Koch brothers.  Imagine what it is to be them.  I imagine they have no ability to know enough, to feel the satisfaction of wholeness, completion, connection.  For them to have some understanding of "us", perhaps we need to have some empathy for "them", and blast the psychic waves for those who are so, in my opinion, held and deprived, and maybe somewhere in here, we'll each come to know our own ray of the sun.

Thomas Merton in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander:

"In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center, of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers.  It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world ... This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud .... I have the immense joy of being a man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate.  As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this!  But it cannot be explained.
There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God's eyes.  If only they could see all themselves as they really are.  If only we could see each other that way all the time.  There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed... But this cannot be seen, only believed and 'understood' by a peculiar gift."

I know each person reading this has a different idea of God, or Source, or Collective Unconscious, or Nature, but I do think that remembering we are each "walking around shining like the sun" can make a difference in our lives.  It's my mission for today, and my plan for the days to come.

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