God in all things.

I have wrestled with this thought for many years now and thanks be to God I have found my answer. Perhaps you, too, will find some comfort here.

I have been practicing the spiritual science of Yoga since 2005. There have been years of dedicated and consistent practice and years without as I would access the wisdom on an as-needed basis. Throughout these years, I have, for the most part, also remained a faithful Catholic. 

However, I have lived with strong unsettledness. I have found it difficult to marry my deep love for this ancient wisdom of self-purification, the purpose of which is to transform into an empty vessel through which Christ can enter, and my deeply ingrained ties to the Roman Catholic belief system of my family. I kept feeling that I had to choose, that I couldn’t live in both worlds – I had to pick a side. Or so I thought…

Then it hit me – if I am seeking God and God is seeking me, why would I be afraid to experience Him in every and anyway that He presents himself?

It’s the Jesuit mantra – God in all things.

The reason I’ve been unable to accept this fundamental truth, until now, is because I’ve been allowing fear of the other to shake my certainty of God’s omnipresence. That fear, that there’s only ONE way and if I stray from that way I’ll be condemned for eternity, has been a disease inside me that has finally come to light.

The thinking that spiritual practices of other traditions are to be feared and ignorantly rejected, my friends, is the devil’s manifestation.

The idea that God is only recognizable to a select few types of humans on the entire earth is absurd! We are all His children, we are all of Him, as is everything that exists.

There is no Satan, there is no enemy. The only thing we have to fear is how close we’re coming to believing that our neighbour is not a part of us, that we don’t need one another and that we can’t learn from each other.

The farther we walk away from community, from understanding the peaks and valleys of each other’s lives – the farther we walk from our Divine Creator, from knowing and being love. 

I realize now that the peace and bliss I experience when listening to the chanting of Sikh yogis simply and beautifully connects me to the manifestation of God in another culture – the words may be different but the essence is the same. There is only God.

Sat nam,

Aurelija

In the little room…

There’s a Lithaunian folk song called “In the Little Room” and it describes a conversation between a mother and her son from the perspective of someone watching them while tending to a fire. The mother asks her son, a soldier, why he is preparing to leave his homeland to die on a foreign country’s soil. She says to him, “Are you unhappy? Do you not have enough honour here?” He replies, ” What meaning does happiness and honour have for me if hundreds of others are suffering?” The last verse of the song paints a picture of the mother standing on a small hill, under a birch tree, crying quietly in the evening.

I sing this song to my son often as a lullaby and the words have deeply penetrated into my soul, and hopefully his.

These days our mainstream society is trying to convince us that it’s our happiness that matters. We’re taught that we are alone and must fight our own battles on the way towards success and fulfillment. The only thing that matters is that you win and that you take care of yourself, you can’t rely on anyone else.

This belief is fundamentally flawed; you will never be able to make yourself truly happy, you will never force meaning and joy into existence.

Joy is the byproduct of loving. It is not something that can be created, it is a gift we receive when we place another’s needs before our own, when we choose a life of selfless service.

The son in the song knows this. He’s not some extraordinary being, he is a man that realizes the simple truth that happiness can only exist in relationship to others. He is incapable of flourishing in a land where many are struggling. The only way to his own well-being is by choosing to give his life in service to his fellow-man, his brothers and sisters.

We are all connected and to grow we must turn our energy outward in love and service to those around us. Flowers bloom outward (both above the ground and beneath the earth). If the energy flow went inward, they would die.

We are dying. We are dying because we are failing to accept this fundamental truth – we need each other to live because we need each other to love. I cannot love myself, it is through loving you (love is a verb, an action, a way of being) that I grow and gain the true riches as promised to me by our Divine Creator.

We need each other to live because we need each other to love.

It really is that simple. I often think of this as circle of humans in which everyone is sitting on the person behind them’s knees. Each person is simultaneously holding someone else up while being held up themselves.

If we all commit to actions that help others flourish, we will also flourish –  it’s guaranteed, just have a little faith 🙂

I think this is a great intention for 2019…

Love,

Aurelija