The death of separateness, the vision of the Eternal
This group of sayings starts off with the exhortation to find the interpretation – or as it says in the translation I am reading: live the interpretation. In the commentary on this verse, Leloup suggests that to live the interpretation is to, “…become One – if only for a moment – with that Meaning. This moment of unity awakens in us the Presence of the Uncreated and the taste of something … beyond death”. I was delighted to read these thoughts, because they express that joyful recognition we are surprised with on those (sometimes rare) occasions when a sacred text burns into the soul and unveils eternity nestled within our hearts.
The next saying (11) reassures me that I come from Unity. It seems to speak of the process of integration: recognizing the duality within ourselves and traveling along the road toward a rediscovery of who we truly are in relationship with ‘otherness’ and ‘the One’.
The final saying in this group seems to wrap it up in a shout of exaltation reminding me of the end verses of Romans 8. (Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? And the poetic rise to climax in those last glorious verses) He who lives in the Living One will know neither fear nor death…and why? Christ answers: Whoever has self-knowledge, the world cannot contain them. This process of self-knowledge – the dropping away of veil after veil, the being changed from glory to glory as we look into the face of God – reveals to us not only who we are as the ‘eternal-created’ woven inexplicably into the ‘Eternal-Uncreated’, but also gives us a tantalizing taste of who we shall be when these few moments of unveiled wonderment multiply into the fullness of a life lived perpetually in God’s Presence.
I like how Leloup describes it, “We see things no longer as we think and imagine them to be, but as they are. Our little world that we have created begins to crumble and we enter into the real one. A proverb says, ‘Those who are asleep live separately in their own worlds. Those who are awake live together in the same world’”. Perhaps that is why in describing their vision of Reality, the holy mystics of diverse spiritual traditions seem to see with the same eyes.
(I am leaving Monday on a solitary three week road trip covering 2,500 miles and offering little or no contact with the Web. I’m having withdrawal pains already! See you again the first part of November. Peace to you, friends.)