Sometimes the question about whether awakening to Stillness
is a matter of grace or effort comes up for someone.
But in my experience, I don’t see it as an either or kind of thing –
but both. As well as both being kind of the same.
Yet often, I find that there is some built in confusion
about what grace and effort is actually addressing -
which I hope is cleared up in the following story …
Imagine there is an eagle who thinks he is a chicken.
Now, there is nothing wrong with being a chicken – if you’re a chicken.
But if you’re not a chicken and you think you are …
well, then … that misperception creates a lot of inner conflict and confusion.
The eagle endlessly pecks at the ground while having visions of soaring.
He feels deeply claustrophobic within the behaviors of a chicken’s limits
while feeling so much more is possible.
So – although nothing at all – neither grace nor effort –
is needed to become what he already is …
both grace and effort are needed for him
to come to an understanding of what he is.
Grace, however, is not something that comes to him
at rare, random moments –
it is the very thing he is now experiencing …
as he feels the frustration of the unnatural limitations he has taken on,
senses the truth of expansiveness,
and makes the conscious effort to not only see what is untrue
but discover and trust what he senses is true.
I see effort as grace.
And sometimes, grace as effort.
Effort is the grace of Love at work -
Love clarifying Its understanding of Itself.
Even while earthbound, as the eagle senses his expansiveness
he begins to lift his head, feel his body a bit differently,
spread his wings a little more,
get acclimated to the warmth of the sun in places he never felt it
and then gradually,
ever so gradually,
get a sense of flying … and then soaring.
Grace and effort are the two hands of Love -
and sometimes it's impossible to tell which is which.
If someone looked you straight in the eyes and said,
“The Divine is now perceiving through your eyes”
would there be a humble acknowledgment of that
or a quick rejection of it?
“God is omnipresent” really says it all....
I see the human journey as an amazing opportunity
to come into the understanding of what we actually are.
As we relax, relax, relax out of all of the notions
we have accumulated – our eyes are free and clear
and our heart is then open to the
humble acceptance of our divine true nature.
Being Awake In The Dream
When we know what we are we can then begin to more fully live out who we are.
And when we more fully live out our individual expression while knowing our essence as that which is independent of all expressions, we come to know our essence even more fully.
It is truly amazing how this divine dance of the One and its expressions works together so perfectly.... but then again - how can Love not 'work'?
No analysis is required.
To read an article I wrote about trusting the fragrance of our true nature
please click below:
If we believe we see an oasis up ahead
or a snake on the ground and then someone
we trust tells us they are not real - trust
does not mean that we take them at their word.
It means we trust that their experiential understanding
is not only theirs – but somehow it is ours.
We trust that whatever they see we also have the
opportunity to see. And so this trust nudges us
to look closer at the ‘oasis’ and ‘snake’.
And as we look closer our eyes clear and the oasis is seen as a mirage and the snake as a rope -
it is only then that hope and fear effortlessly dissolve and what actually is now stands revealed.
It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things imagined, learn to see them as they are. When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face."
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"No problem can be solved
from the same
level of consciousness
that created it."
To see new solutions
we must see differently.
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