In my ongoing project to be open and divested from specific outcomes and personal narratives, I have been experimenting of late with posting at Facebook. You might want to take a look, if you are curious. It’s just another way of saying what I am always saying, but the form is different. It’s fun. It’s interesting. We’ll see.
I was asked the other day: why are you doing it? You already have different outlets for your writing? Why a new one – especially such a popular one?
It’s a good question. I can only answer with another question: What longs to be expressed? What is trying to flow through you – to take form in you – to express itself?
These are important questions to ask. They are not just questions for artists. They are questions for anyone who is serious about being alive in a real and not illusory way.
On the one hand, the answer is always “love.” Love is trying to express itself. And when it is frustrated or ignored or denied, then the absence of love is expressed.
That’s okay – it’s accurate in its way – but we want to go deeper. We want to enter into an actual relationship with expression. Right now – right here – you and I are alive. We are expressions of Life, and we are capable of a deep and profound – indeed, of a bottomless and borderless – relationship with Life. We want to find that! We want to find that and allow it. There is no other way to know peace and joy. There is no other way to be truly and creatively loving.
I am always saying “give attention,” and I am going to say it again: “give attention to what yearns for expression in and through you.” Words? Baking? Dance? Walks? Quilting? Gardening? Dialogue? What?
There is no right answer to these questions: there is only your true answer, the answer that makes you hum, the answer that you cannot doubt even if you are too scared to say it aloud or give it space in the field of awareness. We have to find it and be in relationship with it alone: only then will we discover (slowly perhaps but nonetheless) that to be in relationship with our unique expression of Life, is to be in relationship with all of Life. Separation ends. Joy and peace abound.
I am a writer and, in a different but still important way, a teacher. So I write and teach. Some expressions of writing resonate for me and others; some are just helpful to me. Sometimes every word feels like a rock on my tongue. Sometimes I find forms of teaching that elevate me and everyone in the room. Sometimes I might as well be banging my head against the wall.
It doesn’t matter. I just come back to it over and over. What longs to be expressed? And then I express it. I fumble and stumble, sure, but I give it voice. What else is there? What else could there be?
You might say, “this is not really a post about A Course in Miracles.” In a sense you are right. But in another sense, it is all about A Course in Miracles. A Course in Miracles aims to bring us into right relationship with Life – with Truth as God created it. The words aren’t so important as the essence from which they arise and back to which they point. To be miraculous is to be in right relationship with Life as it flows and finds itself in the brief but luminous self you presently are.
I am grateful for your attention: and your patience: and for your help. Thank you.