Wherever You Go, Take Your Universe With You

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I realize that many people probably don’t like that I write poetry, do crafts, and post pretty pictures on the same page where I tweet about my anger at our liberal government for its attacks on life, freedom, religion, and innocence.  You know, it’s all about branding ourselves, and we wouldn’t want to break our naive beliefs that we are all perfectly in line with the values and beliefs of everyone we know and every passerby on the street.   I  have been tempted to start separating into several more focused blogs because it is not my intent to offend anyone with my beliefs, plus I have a gazillion different interests.  Yet, I shall stay Perfectly Messy.  It exactly sums up the stage of human development we are in.  We have put ourselves out here on social media, mostly with much self-control and selective self-promotion, while unwittingly creating the opposite effect.  We are losing control of what we expose of ourselves.  It is scary yes.  Will we use this amazing awareness of each other to advance our human experience, or just hide in fear?  Will we pretend that if we avoid Facebook our sheltered worlds won’t change?  Will we see the beauty of our vast wholeness while respecting the vast diversity inside and all around each of us?  Will we be made more whole by overcoming the attacks on life, freedom, religion,  and innocence?

Christians take communion to be reminded of Jesus’s promise that we are one in his body.  This means we should stop looking for him in far off places.  He is everywhere inside and all around us.  We could literally be a spark in his very eye.

Have you ever heard this old story?

A Zen master said to a monk, “You must see the universe in your cup.”  The monk looked into his cup, but didn’t see the universe, so he threw the cup away.  The Zen master said, “Oh, poor cup.  We think the cup is too small to hold the universe.  Intellectually, we can’t see how it could fit.  But wherever we go, the whole universe always appears–in a cup, a window, in a smile, in a word.”

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