An ocean for all beings


So remember again the levels of consciousness, the journey of meditation, that we are in a sense looking for this brick wall. That’s the immediate goal, we shouldn’t be looking for anything else. Everything else will come to us as well if we pay attention.

Set your mind on God’s kingdom before everything else, and all the rest will be given to you as well,’ Jesus says (Mt 6:33).

So in meditation, we’re not demanding that we should experience what we want to experience, but we should be doing this work of finding whatever blocks love, reality. And when we find what blocks it and we stay there humbly faithful to the work, that wall begins immediately to collapse and we can walk through it. ‘There is no reality but God who is an ocean for all beings,’ Rumi says. An ocean for all beings, so instead of being locked into our little island of separate identity, we are able to be in God as the ocean which contains all beings.

 ( The Brick Wall of the Ego 2 by Laurence Freeman OSB )

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