I forget who I am all day long.
But there's a difference now.
Now I remember that I am forgetting
And I return to remembering —
All day long.
Each “self” has its own way of connecting with Source. The mental body likes to meditate and think on God … the emotional self wants to feel an intimate relationship with Source so ritual and song, chanting and bliss generating meditations are designed to allow the emotional body ways to “worship” Source. The physical responds well to yoga, tai chi – even belly dance becomes union with Source when we set our intention on spiritual alignment as we move.
It doesn’t matter whether your daily practice consists of prayer or zen sitting, yoga, Tai chi or ecstatic dance, art, reading or writing prose, studying Biblical verse or the Vedas – whatever brings you into a deeper spiritual connection counts. Combine any of the many alignment techniques into a practice that works for you and then commit to it. Your spiritual practice shapes the inner vessel that navigates you through the emotional waters of life to a place of new possibility based on a relationship of oneness with Source.
It doesn’t take much to see how relevant the story of Noah and the Ark is to our personal life journey. The Biblical story describes our own spiritual life journey. We all face “floods” in life. Perhaps the flood we encounter comes to us through loss of job, relationship or loved one; through addiction or mental illness – maybe we lived through abuse or experienced complete financial collapse…. Each person has their own rendition; our flood consists of whatever we feel overwhelmed by…. The flood is that which threatens to take us under …. these are the floods of our life.
How we face these life crises determines whether we survive or are destroyed. Do we feel reborn and free through the hardships we’ve encountered in life or are we left feeling embittered and angry – seeing ourselves as victims of life? How we come through the floods of life depends on one thing … whether or not we’ve built ourselves an ark.
The ark is our life preserver. Like Noah we too must build an inner vessel through daily effort that will deliver us safely through the “floods” of life. Noah’s ark is a symbol representing the sacred vessel we each must create through a daily connection with Source; It is our own inner place or spiritual center that is designed for the specific purpose of meeting and “walking with God” like Noah did.
Build an ark. Find a practice; a discipline that opens and quietens the body and mind and then commit to do it every day. Such is the way to stay afloat through hardship. Your daily practice must be something that fosters a direct and personal relationship with Source. The best ark building practice is one that includes a treatment for all three aspects of the human life expression – the mental, emotional and physical selves.
Are you building your ark? Are you spending daily time walking with Source? Are you listening to the instructions being given you during these alone times? Have you gotten quiet and clear enough to hear the message of love and hope that Source is constantly whispering? If not, you will be wiped out when the flood comes.
I've mentioned before that every character in the Bible has relevance for us. We have within our psyche it's counterpart that relates to us.
Lately I've been reading and studying Noah and the message he brings to us about ourselves. Right off the bat, in the Genesis account of Noah and the flood, we are told who Noah was (and is in us). The Bible defines Noah as a righteous man who “… walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9)
He walked with God, what does that tell us? First I want to share a little something I found out about the word “with”….
When I looked in the Greek dictionary for the word “with” I found, not one word to describe it but five! There are five distinct words in the Greek language for the word “with.” Each word has it's own specific reference that determines how the word is used.
For example, there is the kind of “with” we speak of when we're “with the crowd at the beach” … as opposed to the form of “with” used to relay an idea of walking side by side with another, as in “… gone through the fires with ….. ” or “… faced the music with ….”
There's the “with” used to convey that we understand, i.e. “I'm with you on that point.” and there's also the use of “with” that describes pregnancy, as in “she is with child”; a more intimate use of the word, to be sure.
What I find truly awesome is that the Greek symbol used in Genesis to describe Noah denotes becoming or being “one with” the other. The Bible describes Noah as being one with God.
This tells me all I need to know about Noah and who he represents within us. He is that refined ego who, through daily interaction, has built a constant connection and ongoing dialog with Source. He is that in us that has willingly committed to open completely to the guidance received from that Inner Connection. Noah represents that in us that has surrendered all limiting, negative story about who we are and become one with our Source of origin. In doing so Source uses our eyes, mouth, mind and heart to experience the world and in exchange, we get to experience the world as Source does. We are absorbed into Source. We become one with God.
Noah represents that part of our mind that is totally focused on listening to the Inner Instruction; he is that in us that is able to disregard what the outside world may be saying or thinking about us and follow the Higher Call.
In this account Noah,(and therefore the logos or masculine aspect within us) is carefully instructed on exactly how to prepare and survive the “floods” of life.
I'll speak more on this if you're interested …. let me know by commenting below.
“When your words came I ate them ….” (Jeremiah 15:16)
There are three levels of interpretation possible when reading the Bible.
1. the historical/literal translation. The Bible has historical relevance. It happened in time and space. It is also “his story” – meaning it is the story of mankind.
2. the symbolic interpretation. Every name of person or place, every number and event in the Bible has a symbolic meaning that applies to the psyche and is therefore relevant to each and every one of us.
3. the practical interpretation. This is the understanding of how the Bible relates to our personal lives so that we can apply its message directly.
Only when we read the Bible on all three levels can we fully comprehend its message to us. Such internalizing of the word allows us to see that every story in the Bible was chosen not only because it reflects a historical & literal truth but for its relevance to our inner life. When we digest and assimilate each passage completely then our understanding of ourselves and the world around us is transformed. We become the word. This is why I call the Bible an alchemical text. It provides instruction that allows us to refine our ego baseness into the gold of pure consciousness which leads to transformation on a cellular level.
“…he is a new creation, the old has gone.” (2 Corinthians, 5:17)