With all things…

In the alternation between inhaling and exhaling, between heaven and earth, between Yin and Yang, holiness is forever being created. For although in a certain sense and for light-minded persons non-existent things can be more easily and irresponsibly represented in words than existing things, for the serious and conscientious historian it is just the reverse. Nothing is harder, yet nothing is more necessary, than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable. The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born. – Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game. Trans. Richard Winston and Clara Winston. Picador. 2002.

I have no doubt that the God upon which most men pin their disbelief does not, in fact, exist. But railing against one’s own imagination, no matter how well-constructed the argument or how well-buttressed by temporary phenomena the opinion may be, is of little value.

We live in a world fraught with tension, conflict and all manner of illness and cruelty. Religious and academic priesthoods, in all their genuine fervor, have, on the balance, filled men’s hearts and minds with concepts which satisfy his ego but shepherd him no closer to truth. Wars and rumors of wars persist, despite every child’s innate and unerring intuition that peace on earth is the natural way.

With all things, God is possible.

7 thoughts on “With all things…

  1. Isabelle

    Peace on earth should be the norm, not the exception, but it must start in man’s heart. It takes passion, courage, love and trust in the truth of God to navigate the world we live in.

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  2. Colin

    We must always search to align ourselves with reality, that is, the truth. There are many paper tigers that we can rail against, or to use as a scapegoat for why our particular shade of paper tiger is better than another’s, but the truth is the real tiger that will eventually burst through all the pulp. It is difficult to put the ethereal into concrete words, but there are certain truths that are both easy to describe and innate to understand, and it is these that we may use as touchstones to venture into the understanding of the ethereal.

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  3. Beth C

    An idol whether constructed of words or stone and whether worshipped or rejected is still an idol. The nature of God is – regardless of our beliefs and prejudice. In an honest concern for truth, our own beliefs must continually be held to the light of innocence and trust so ready in a child.

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  4. David R

    It takes a certain courage to step through the illusions maintained by a wide variety of false priesthoods down through the ages and in this day. Doing so, however, one becomes aware of the simplicity, the beauty and power of immediate Reality – a quality no amount of human imagination can taint or destroy. I appreciate the inventive means you employ each day to uncover this simple reality in fresh ways.

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  5. Steve V

    Thank you for your words for they as always open a gateway into the reality that is. This reality that causes all things to be. The words that also come to mind are with all things God is.

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  6. Lady Leo

    Belief, faith and trust in God becomes easier and understandable as we live guided by the truth we do understand. The conduit is established by taking stands in our own hearts of what we allow to have expression. Forgiveness, appreciation and non judgement are simple to begin with, to prime the pump, for what can be possible when man fulfills his part in the mechanism for creation on Earth. What is possible after that is limitless and will remain imagination or an innate belief until we take our place. I trust the rest is already in place.

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  7. Troy

    Very wise and thought provoking words! Thanks for sharing not only your deepest thoughts but the enlightened thoughts of others in our past and in our present. Our world filled with layers of unreality filtered through ego centered hearts, cloaking the truth from those who have bought into its design. It is an interesting thought when considered , “the meek shall inherit the Earth”, and “come to him as a little child”. Can we allow the veil to be lifted from our own hearts and become again as a small child, sensing and believing the presence of love and truth in reality? I believe We can. Thanks Gregg! Have a wonderful weekend!

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