Monday, June 18, 2018

The Fountain in the Mall

I was at a mall when I saw three kids standing around a donation fountain; two were brother and sister, I assumed, and the third perhaps a year older was by himself. I had never seen these kids in my life.

The fountain was wood funnel shape, with two mini slides on top where coins were inserted, slide down and circled the funnel in a slow circle-descent into the hole at the bottom. As I approached, I watched the older boy put his last coin in, while the sibling brother antagonized his younger sister—he pushed her several times slightly. I acted cautiously as no parents were in sight. I simply said, “That’s enough of that.” The boy gave me a hard sideways glance, but he stopped.

However, immediately, I pulled out my wallet and said, “Do you all want to put money in?” I felt the need to unify, also it would help soothe the boy’s feelings towards me, a stranger. All three hands went out, as I dropped pennies into their palms. But I was surprised by the older ones reply, as he looked at me and said, “Are you God?” His eyes bulged, and I said, “No, I’m just human.” He said nothing more. I walked off with those words in my head, but I wondered where his reference stirred—his parents, church?

A word of observance:

The act of giving had been instilled in him by his parents, culture etc. And as he witnessed my actions, the association played out within him unbiased. Whether one believes in God or not, it is, however, a symbol which references to more than text, scripture and belief. It references the eternal, and wholeness one seeks to be connected with something broader than our limited minds. Indeed, it solidified my awareness, that the act of giving doesn’t recognize faith, symbols or obedience. The boy merely referenced the act, which we hope, is now intrinsic in his living and life.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Faith a Bargain?

Many beliefs require participation, sometimes there is an exchange of money - which resemble deals or bargains. This is not faith, but it is accepted - give something, get something.  The religious person isn't making a deal, his focus is Life which is not a deal or exchange.  But many faiths ask something of you; your time, support, cash, an offering or sacrifice.

And what is the exchange?  Is one connected or is there still 'time' to execute something? Is there enlightenment or the perpetuation of a contract? Are you not in faith for spiritual guidance, awareness, escape, repentance, saving and healing?  

Because there must be purpose which leads to resolve for ones participation and sacrifice.  The answers we seek to understand must end or undue something (sorrow, pain, conflict, violence).  If faith is not ending something, then is one just in a bargain or deal - which is an ongoing future endeavor? 

Yet, if you close your eyes and listen, stop and just listen, there slowly rises a silence and understanding of the motion of thought, which is you.  A process.  You participate, not wait, in the present, regardless of accomplishing anything manifested. Note, there is no exchange or deal taking place, merely an inquiring soul looking for a way out of something - its own sorrow, pain or anxiety of the mind and its reactions.  This mind wants to understand and heal the world.  Participation is action.

In that action of Meditation, you are connecting with that godliness, eternal, the religion of Being, even repentance and sacrifice fade instantly.  Deals take time and life out of us, contrarily, meditation stops time, enlightens and lets flow everlasting Life.