" A feather on the breath of God." -Hildegard of Bingen
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The sufis say that there are three journeys: the journey from God, the journey to God and the journey IN God.
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The journey from God is the journey of forgetfulness. We get caught in the stuff of life--in the millions of things that pull us away from what is true and real and important and beyond our momentary personal dramas. Most of us are stuck in the stuff of life.
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And then, perhaps, there's a moment of waking up. Sometimes it happens in tragedy, other times it shows up as a present, or a slap or making love, or in a quote you read, or a thing you see. It--this remembrance often arrives at the most perfect time, and often in the most uncomfortable or alternately loving of ways.
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The question is whether we actually listen to that calling -- whether we follow IT or ignore it, yet again. So this becomes the journey TO God. We shift into a place of listening, and moving closer to the Divine where the many becomes an interconnected One.
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And so the journey IN God is a life of service. It's seeing God in all. It is following the Divine will of your life, and not just our addictions and habits, compulsions and fears. It is the absolute commitment and dedication of living a life of Love--of just getting out of the way.
Hold whatever religion or faith that speaks to you--thats your outward sharing, but this is about your personal and unique relationship with God.
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God is a tough thing to talk about, isn't it? It --the mere idea of this immensity and abstraction and also just the word scares many of us away. It pulls others into a very specific idea or memory or association. But I like the idea of God as everything-- as my beloved, as beauty and grace and auspiciousness but also of the dirty and profane, as the horrible and terrible -- beyond and also inclusive of everything and absolutely, necessarily unknowable.
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So where do you find yourself in this journey? I'd love to think im dancing IN God. But really i'm usually forgetting, trying my best to come back into remembering.

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