Sunday, December 9, 2012

expecto patronum

How much does what we profess matter? Do "belief" or "my label" have any important effects in daily life? I know "atheists" whose lovingkindness towards others puts "Christians" to shame. That invalidates much of Christian assumption about conversion being required to change your actions for the better. Everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. A fascinating nugget of scripture, that one, which invalidates a hell of a lot of the religious requirements out there. Love is the portal to divinity. Period. Some people find it in Christianity, some people find it just by feeling their way through life. Many, many people experience so much of the opposite in Christianity that they have to leave.

Labeling is something we just do, but it's only a function of a certain level of awareness. When you live from your heart, from the very center of you, you don't see labels so much, you see the best in you reflected in that other person. Everyone is capable of this, no matter what tribe they currently find themselves in. Granted, it can be challenging to make that connection with certain others, particularly ones carrying a label of the opposite of your tribal tendencies. But it's always possible.

Belief doesn't not matter, though. Our mind is part of us - not as all-powerful or important as Westerners think, but it still has an effect. Belief can get you trapped in a cult, belief can get you lost in low self-esteem, belief affects what actions you may or may not take in daily life. Thank God, though, your heart and body are functioning sometimes independently of your mind (I guess I'm meaning "ego" by mind). In spite of our "off" thoughts, good things are always happening.

I've been thinking about "prayer," coming back around to a place of consciously trying to help life events through focused caring. Spirituality groups use the word "intention" - you send up an intention for another at the end of your yoga practice, for instance. "May my sick relative be well." It's not about God the Soda Machine in the Sky dispensing an answer to your request when you put a Prayer-Coin into Him, it's about you being a part of God and your love making a difference. Your desire for someone's healing somehow makes it through the subatomic particles connecting everything and influences life events. When Eben Alexander was coming back into his body from the after-places, he saw six faces whose names he couldn't yet remember, and they were the faces of five loved ones gathered around his bed praying for his return, and one of an intuitive healer friend (not religious) who was meditating on a connection to him at home. I read that and thought, "Okay. I have more power than I realize, and I am free to do it in my own way."

Again, this is not about peons supplicating the whims of an all-powerful parent. My religious experience of prayer was usually boring, disconnected from my center, and felt like it was supposed to be "all God and no me." What an erroneous belief. Prayer is as close to magic as we get. It's like being given a wand at Hogwarts. We influence things, our love absolutely matters, even over long distances, even in the face of Voldemort-level horrors.