As I was meditating yesterday, a deepening realization of Reality came upon me. What I could see was that Reality or The Real is changeless. It isn’t evolving, it wasn’t better in the past and won’t get better in the future — it simply IS, has always been, and forever will be.

And it’s Perfect beyond words, thoughts, and imagination. Perfect Life, Perfect Love, Perfect Peace, Perfect Joy, etc.

What we call reality — every thought, feeling, word, action, and form — is a relative expression of this Infinite Perfection. That doesn’t make it bad or unworthy, it just makes it ‘not reality’. It is a mental picture, projected onto the screen of our mind and experience.

And then it became clear that our suffering and limitation stems from our identification with the ‘pictures’ of reality instead of identifying with Reality Itself. In other words, we have a material sense of life (which includes mental, emotional, physical), and we invest our heart, mind, and body into it, believing that’s what’s real, that’s what matters.

The problem is, the world of appearances is ALWAYS changing. It is literally flickering on and off every nano-second, never the same. So becoming attached to it is like trying to anchor our boat by tying it to a killer whale as it thrashes through the water. There is no real stability, no real safety or security. Likewise, identifying with it is like drawing a picture of ourselves in the sand, during a raging storm, and trying to keep it there while believing that the sand image is us.

This world of changes isn’t real; it isn’t our real home, the body we see isn’t our real body, the face we see isn’t our real face, and the relationships we see aren’t the real relationships. It is all a relative expression of Infinite Perfection, and sometimes it’s a downright distortion of the Truth. So to the extent that we are invested in it, identified with it, or in any way making our peace, joy, and fulfillment dependent on it, we are setting ourselves up to be taken on a wild ride that ultimately must end in failure and the experience of losing everything we thought was real.

This is what I believe is meant by the biblical passage:

“For he that sows to his own flesh, shall reap corruption from the flesh; but he that sows to the Spirit, from the Spirit shall reap eternal life,” Galatians 6:8

It’s not merely talking about ‘sins of the flesh’ such as sensual pleasures, but rather sowing to the ‘material sense’ of life, sowing to the world you can see, touch, taste, hear. Because it’s always changing, always arising and passing away, if you think that’s your real life, home, or body, then you will experience the ultimate corruption and death of everything you hold dear.

It’s also the deeper meaning of this passage:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

If you sow to the Spirit, to this inner realm of changeless Reality (the Kingdom of Heaven within), and begin to invest, attach, and identify with it, you will be tying your boat to a mooring that never moves, to an center that is never shaken no matter how much the earth trembles. You will come to know your Image as the very Image and Likeness of God that no storm can ever blow away. You will begin living in the “secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty, where no hurt nor harm can come nigh your dwelling place.”

This may seem abstract, but I believe it’s about investing in these eternal qualities that never perish; love, peace, joy, beauty, generosity. Making the realization, embodiment, and expression of those our top priority. Understanding that in all we do, it’s ultimately about some degree of realization and expression of one of these spiritual qualities of being. This includes the qualities of spiritual health or wholeness and spiritual supply or abundance — neither of which are material.

To the degree that I’ve become more identified with some of these qualities, in that degree have I noticed that when the external pictures begin to shake, rattle, and roll, there is a part of me that remains rooted in the Real, aware that all is well no matter what happens on the surface. This, I believe, is the ‘peace that passeth human understanding.’ A peace that the world can’t give us.

I also believe that as we become more rooted in the real, more identified with this world and self that never changes, we will no longer be tempted to react from fear of loss, to lower our standards, to do things we don’t want to ‘just to survive’, and instead will be set free to be who and what we really are; to live our true destiny of greatness and be the change we want to see in the world. We’ll have the courage to be, do, say, and create whatever it takes to make a positive difference, because we’ll be living from a place where the world can’t take anything away from us.

As Einstein said, “Arrows of hate have been shot at me too; but they never hit me, because somehow they belonged to another world, with which I have no connection whatsoever.”

I encourage you to begin turning within and ‘seeking first the kingdom of heaven’, the realm of the Real, and becoming more and more interested in investing in, identifying with, and living for these eternal qualities of your being that never change. Then watch as your life becomes more centered, and the infinite potential of your being begins to emerge.

To Your Emergence!

Derek

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