Image Copyright (c) Kim Upton, 2014
They are far away. For some reason it feels as if both of them are in a room. It is not pleasant for them, and they are both crying for me. [In my lucidity I think: “These types of dreams and fears never came with my first two. I knew that they were never going to be alone. As the Summer wore on, it was obvious that these dreams were somewhat like portents. While there was not a physical distance, both of them endured (and are still enduring) tons of medical/psychological issues. That makes us all feel disconnected.”]
Finally, I find them both. They have survived. What they “survived” is unknown.
They both tell me how they could feel me there, with them, at all times. “It is just like you said, Mommy, with the Spirit and the Angels always there with us. Even when we were hurt or scared.”
The scenes flash forward. All four children are standing on some kind of obelisk. There is a crowd of people listening to their words. My heart is full of love, and there are tears running down my cheeks.
Sometimes we get a most unlikely “Call.” Not just the kind that come through the cell signals or phone lines, but of a more obscure nature. It may be a chance meeting in an elevator with the CEO of a company where you just applied. She asks about the logo on your bag – a conversation starts. Right before the doors open, she says to you, “There is a position open that you would love. Call me on Monday.” Or, maybe, it can come in the form of a “Eureka!” moment. You know, one of those “By Jove!!! I think I’ve got it moments.” Everything patterns into place.
But what if the Call you receive is more ethereal and spiritual? Would you have the mindset and fortitude to answer?
Today I’ve been thinking about Matthew 6. Yes, the Biblical Matthew, not some new band or robot name. If you read the Bible as a story, there are many great pieces of advice on how to live an authentic lifestyle. Because, truly, what Jesus says in all his stories is this: “Be yourself.” In fact, there are many chapters where he is apologetically himself. A great example of this is when he says to his mates, “So I’m going up here to pray. You guys stay awake. It is of the utmost importance that you do this one thing for me, right now. Got it? Good. Thanks, dudes!” Jesus goes to pray, gets pretty mellow with the whole scene that is about to go down (as well as one could at this point), and walks back to find his friends sleeping.
At this point I can see Jesus make a “palm to forehead” gesture.
“GUYS!!! GUYS!!! I gave you one job. Just one job. And you slept.”
That is Jesus being pretty darn authentic, don’t you think? Most folks, if they were trying really hard to be the Son of Man/God, would try to be a little nicer. Nope. Not Jesus. He was not very happy.
So when we have a situation that calls us to show up in our primal and raw authenticity. When we get that “Call” to be our highest good, how can we be more “real?”
Well wait no more my friends, they answers are in Matthew 6.
[note: you can find these same answers in the other world religious texts, as well as with indigenous cultures – Christianity is not the only tree in the forest]
One does not even have to leave the first verse to get an answer. And if we all lived by these wise words, there would be no Facebook. Heck, we may not even have social media at all.
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
Let me tell you something. When this verse would come up in my Religion classes, it would cause sort of a gasp. Kind of like we had all forgotten that Matthew had these sage things to say. He even says bold things like, “No need to tell everyone how awesome you are…all you gotta do is just BE AUTHENTIC…and there will be no need for all that talking. Not only that, but do not worry about all the stuff that everyone else is doing…or even what they will think. Just keep being you.”
We see this same kind of thought process in the Buddha’s words: “One should not consider the faults of others, nor their doing or not doing good or bad deeds. One should consider only whether one has done or not done good or bad deeds.” (Dhammapada, Verse 50) Roughly translated – don’t worry about everyone’s else grill, when your’s has every bug in the world glazed upon it.
when you hear the ring
you must not let the machine
answer your soul call
Today is grocery day. I’ve got my list and some coupons. When I get home there are prayer shawls to finish, kids to hugs, and business to attend.
Lots of authentic love to you,