Sunday, September 10, 2006
Normally I find humans quite irritating, but today less so. I even experienced.... affection... and interest. I think because viewing people as decieved divinity enables me to have compassion, and to wonder how they would react if they understood how special they truly are.
This is not a huge departure from "humans as children of God" theology with which I was raised.... it's just different enough from christianity to come across as heresy. I think that, through my reading into christian mysticism, I was heading this way already. When I think about it, it makes sense... the kingdom of God makes sense. Of course the kingdom of God is present wherever his people do his work.... of course we are his hands and his feet, of course feeding and clothing "the least" is the same as feeding and clothing Christ. Still, my training makes me balk at thinking of people as "God," and I feel that someting is missing.
I prefer to think that humans each have a piece of God in them, just enough that I suppose I could be justified in saying that they are indeed divine. As I was thinking about these things I was reminded about what it said in thomas, about making the outside match the inside. If you can find that piece of God inside, and bring your outside into submission to that.....
I'm too tired to finish that thought. I do know that I'd like to continue trying to see people in this way, as some extension of God, only deluded into thinking they are merely creatures on earth. With some people it's easier than others, but I think that compassion would be far less toxic than irritation.
I'll sleep on it. By the way, those of you who meditate..... do you ever find yourself feeling like you're tipped over sideways, only to open your eyes and realize that your still sitting straight up? Weird sensation.