This is me.
Except I am not late.
(I prefer to take a wait-and-see approach to Trump. In the meantime, today
I describe the New Age 'inner work" my Christian readers hate so much. I believe
the soul is our true identity. It needs to be a felt experience.)
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
Recently, I noticed I am always in a hurry. But I am not late. There is nowhere I need to be.
A blogger is not a high stress occupation. Yet, I always want to get to the "next thing."
This is true even of highly pleasurable activities.
I just want to "get it over with."
Obviously this is a mental habit, and a very bad one. The mind is restless, always looking for something better.
What's the rush? Where is the mind going? We all know what's at the end.
Am "I" in a hurry to get life over with?
What is the mind looking for?
It's looking for Love. It's looking for God. It just doesn't know it. Doesn't know where to look.
God is Love. Bliss. Truth. Beauty. God speaks to us through our soul.
THE MOST IMPORTANT TRUTH
The most important lesson in life is that we are not our thoughts. We are not the voice in our heads.
We are the entity, the soul, that has to listen to that voice.
That voice (our thoughts) mostly belong to the monkey we inhabit. God chose to tame and raise this creature above all others.
For this to happen, we need to identity with the soul, not the mind. The substratum of soul is our connection to God, the source of all love and truth. This stream flows calmly beneath the surface of thoughts.
Lately I have felt tension. I have my foot on the accelerator and my hand on the emergency brake.
The accelerator is the mind which is rushing ahead. The spirit is the brake. It flows at its own speed.
Instead of fast forwarding my life, to "get it over with," I need to "go with the flow," if you'll excuse the cliche. I need to drill down to the substratum. Everything gets done if I take my cues from this source.
Eckhard Tolle always talks about "surrendering to the moment." Accepting "what is."
He says the present moment is all we really have. Yet we're so busy rushing ahead and planning, we are never able to enjoy the moment.
I couldn't figure out when he meant. Surrender what to the moment?
He means "Stop rushing." Surrendering the mind is self-mortification.
He also talks about not judging. That's another form of looking for the next thing.
True Life is in the spirit, the source of all goodness, everything we really seek.
What's the hurry? We're already there!
First Column from Kevin:
In the introduction to today's article "Rushing Through Life" you mention that it includes "new age 'inner work'" that your "Christian readers hate so much," and I wanted to say that, speaking as an Eastern Orthodox Christian who reads your column faithfully, I found nothing in the piece with even the faintest trace of "New Age" thinking. Truth be told, I've never read anything of yours that showed anything other than perceptive insights about Man's spiritual nature. The Christians you refer to are specifically Evangelical Protestants, and their aversion to what they call " New Age" is a symptom of their brittle, sterile theological minimalism, one of their inheritances of the Reformation, which was itself a reaction against (among other things) Roman Catholic Scholasticism.
I wish to point this out only because there is a widespread ignorance of Christianity's Eastern origins; people assume that Christianity consists of Catholics and Protestants, and no one else. This ignorance drives well-meaning, spiritually-starved Catholics and Evangelicals to seek genuine, mystical experience of the numinous in places like Buddhism and Transcendental Meditation , not knowing that a "branch" of Christianity already exists that speaks to the very real need for something transcendent, something that is felt first and understood second, not the other way around. All of the "wacky new age stuff" included in your writings integrate harmoniously into the Orthodox Christian understanding of these matters, and your column today is a wonderful example of such; Orthodoxy is endlessly concerned with the individual believer's ability to wrangle unwieldy thoughts, finding instead a quiet, peaceful center in the Eternal Now of God's infinite Love and Mercy. Again, love the column. Keep up the good work, my friend.