This week's talk draws wisdom from a deep, enlightening interview between comedian Pete Holmes and Fr. Richard Rohr.
In understanding sacred texts, literalism is the lowest form of understanding, whereas faith activates the space within us where there is something holy and sacred, the kinesthetic experience of the Divine. Faith involves total conviction. We commit and start to cultivate the seeds of faith we have planted. Empowered thought thickens into form. Over time, with practice and nurturing, what we empower becomes our experience.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity. And when we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves but allow passage to its beams."
The path to mature understanding follows the three stages of Construction, Destruction, and Reconstruction. Reconstruction is the Third Eye, the new perspective, the new way of seeing, the middle way. When we're entrenched in our way of being, we can never move into the third way of seeing.
The path to transcendence only occurs through great love or great suffering. The rational mind cannot comprehend suffering. Nor can it understand the experience of love. What if we accept what is happening in our lives as if we had chosen it?