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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2010 on Change is Gonna Come at Sit and Eat
maybe we're not as far apart as I thought Emily. Thanx. And I suppose to a certain extent - having to listen to that internal voice is quite similar to not having a choice. But is liking vanilla ice cream similar as not having a choice when you're in the ice cream shop? Silly comparison maybe, but somehow, knowing what you want is an enourmous blessing. And not the same as not having a choice -- that is your choice. Maybe it's a matter of semantics. Inspiring to think of though!
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2010 on On Choices or the Lack Thereof at Sit and Eat
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Sep 3, 2010
sorry to break in half a month later. I was reading your text and the comments. Firstly it is inspiring to see that we all struggle with the universality of life's challenges (to use your words). In a way I really understand you and in a way, my interpretation is different. To me one always has a choice - to follow that inner voice or not -- and to respond with all your heart or not -- to listen and/or act upon the fear you feel with such an impuls etc. In improv (great analogy!) I have always found that there is a certain point where you get into the "flow" -- something seems to take over. Or better yet, something deep inside you governs what you do - and it mostly turns out beautiful! It seems as if your subconscious or your instinct is much more powerful than your conscious, rational mind. Though I have to say something similar can happen when you teach, or even in a meeting or presentation or just doing your desk job. No matter what you do in life, doing it will all your heart - with all that you are, means listening to that voice inside. That doesn't mean you don't have a choice, I feel like you do. It means this is where you feel yourself to be at home. That's where you work best, where who you are blooms most powerful. And that automatically leads (in my mind) to a deep sense of compassion, to a form of love that is both of the earth and of the breath (to quote your other sermon) - a form of agape in all its universality... I suppose it all depends on how you experience yourself and the notion of choosing... to me God is not an external force governing everyone. Not someone out there who thinks about how to shape us or how to shape the world. That's why I never understood pre-destination (because that would count me out and turn me into one of those wind-up toys). To me it is important that Divinity lies in me (and in all of us). Reaching out to the divine is reaching inward deeper than I would dare to go normally. The reaction of a theological amateur...I realise that, but still I felt like I wanted to react. Your text and comments did inspire - so thank you! Ivo
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2010 on On Choices or the Lack Thereof at Sit and Eat
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