Gold and Mud

goldmudIt’s a very interesting occurrence … finding “truth”.  You go through all the crap, and mud, and filth … and somehow you make it through to the other side … still alive, still breathing.  You have an golden moment of epiphany … you see what you have learned as the filth washes away and you are left with the gold.  Here is the thing though … what is gold for you, might not be gold for someone else.  In fact, your gold might actually be FILTH to someone else.  You KNOW that it is gold though … you want to scream at them, how dare they throw your hard-won gold away like dung.  The question that God posed to me that caused me to meditate on this, and consider it carefully was this:

“How are you any different for trying to change them than they were for trying to change you?”

I hated that … I wanted to fight it away and say, “Because I’m right, that’s why!”  But of course I felt like an idiot … they too felt that they were right with every bit as much righteous indignation.

All we can do is LOVE … the minute we try to hold on and make something fixed; defined … that is where we stumble and fall short of the infinite LOVE that God freely pours upon us.

Here are my words to meditate upon:

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“There is no escape. You can’t be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. Don’t try to lie to yourself. You are not a solid citizen. You are not a Greek. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird in the storm. Let it storm! Let it drive you! How much have you lied!”

– Hermann Hesse

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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