The Way to Grace
Truth Comes Through Grace
Truth comes to us not through the mind but by spirit. It comes it comes to us by a state of Grace. This state cannot come through any earthly means, it comes only through surrender. We cannot learn enough to figure it out, it does not come through our good deeds. It comes only when we are willing admit that we of ourselves have no power and then become willing to step out of the way and allow God to take charge.
Grace does not come to us through our works. Throughout our lives we are instructed that the way to live a Godly life is to live by the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
Unfortunately the way this rule is usually interpreted does not take into account the principle of expectation. This oversite sets us up for a lifetime of dissapointment and suffering.
What it in effect teaches us, by way of modern interpretation is, if we treat others kindly and are generous they will in turn do likewise. This concept as generally taught by todays religion does not take into account the need for withholding judgement and expectation.
Suffering as a Result of Expectation
The simple act of treating another kindly, does not assure that we will be in turn be treated likewise. Far too often we choose to show compassion toward another and approach it from a selfish standpoint. "If I do good for others I will be appreciated". This is often not the case. As a rule the very needy are not conscious enough to realize appreciation is in order, they may not even offer thanks. It is difficult to feel grateful when your life is a disaster.
If we do for others expecting that we will receive some special favor we will be sorely dissapointed. Doing for others, expecting a return from the one being ministered to, is an incorrect understanding of the act of charity and the Golden Rule.
Expectations lead us to dissapointment and suffering. It creates an atmosphere of hard feelings toward those being helped. We feel unappreciated. It may be correct that there is a lack of appreciation however, this is not the issue requiring attention.
Where is the Error?
What requires attention is our mistaken belief that the receiver of good works is somehow in error. We mistakenly remove the charitable deed from the realm of spirit and place in a worldly context.
When we cloud our compassionate nature with expectation, we are in effect forgetting that the one being served is God. We suffer because in our error we remove ourselves from the relationship of oneness with God. When we no longer see ourselves through God's eyes, we also become unable to see others as a part of that oneness.
Grace Through Acceptance
Oneness with God cannot be acquired by doing good deeds. It does not come to us thru the use of our intellect. The only thing that will bring us closer to a relationship to the Grace of God is through acceptance.
That acceptance must be that we are now, have always have been and forever more will be a part of the oneness with our creator.
The only thing keeping us seperate is our unwillingness to "Be Still And Know That I Am God"
We must listen closely for the still small voice, for it speaks very gently and softly. If it to be heard at all we must quiet our minds and be willing to hear.