The result of observing only the universe is anxiety. Only observing the Observer of the universe will put a stop to a man’s worrying and fussing and scheming. When his interest is diverted inwards he naturally relaxes his hold – his stranglehold – on the outer world. Having withdrawn his capital and paid it into his own Central Bank (where it appreciates to infinity), he has nothing to lose out there and no reason for interfering. He knows how to let things be and work out in their own time. He’s in no hurry. Knowing the Self, he can hardly fail to trust its products. Whatever occurs is fundamentally agreeable to him. In Christian terms, he has no will but God’s: what he wants is what happens and what happens is what he wants. Paradoxically his obedience to the nature of things is his rule over them. His weakness is in the long run all-powerful. And the secret of his power over things is that he goes to the Source. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seek ye first these things, and even they shall be taken away.
WHAT IT IS TO DIE (as I’m seeing it)
A revealing article on the meaning behind death and life written by Barry Long as he approaches his own death.
Mystics and poets down through the ages have told us that our real home is eternity. Our short stay on earth and our deepest longing would seem to confirm that we belong elsewhere.
As I approach physical death I’m looking at whether I can put the inspiration of the mystics into a context more easily understood by us ordinary – albeit temporary – people of the earth.
To do so I see I will have to draw on the same area of knowledge from which I wrote ‘The Origins of Man and the Universe’ more than two decades ago. As that knowledge extends from earth to eternity the concepts I’m forced to use will be outside normal rational thinking experience. But as rational thought has no explanation of what we truly are, what we’re doing or where we’re going, and since everyone must finally pass this way, it would seem fitting to introduce another paradigm, another way of looking at things.
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