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Eric's Sunday Sermon; What Are We Searching For?
Just what is he looking for, or is he just looking?
I want to be at peace with myself.
This sermon is less about faith and more about philosophy. If you read something here that is counter to your faith, look instead how it might mesh with your beliefs. Is this a protagonist or antagonist sermon? You bet your late autumn bloomers it is. What good is faith if it cannot stand the test of rigorous honest introspection and extraspection? (yes that is a new word let us leave it at that for now and you decide if it is worthy. Perhaps it means from really inside looking out, not just through our senses but through our souls)
I know that I am not looking for peace as an end in itself. I assume it will be a by-product of where I am heading. That it will not be found at the end but within the journey into my deepest inner space. Did you know that at the molecular and sub molecular level there is more space in our bodies than matter? Yes an atom is more space than substance. So for thinking, maybe we should always remember at our inner most place it is a space and not a thing. And so we ponder, what is that space made up of, what occupies that space? May I suggest that that is what you are looking for, just maybe?
So just what is an old coot like me looking for deep inside or am I looking outside for answers to my inside? If one thinks of themselves as a part of the universe, then our epidermis is not a boundary but merely a molecular containment field and osmosis is the rule of the day. A free flow from what we call "our" insides to what we call outside of our body. I suggest that while air seems to be carried by our blood stream via our lungs that there is not a spiritual or thought barrier between the different air inside and outside. We truly are a part of the world around us, and much more.
Maybe we are just looking for love.
Can we get over our selves?
So we are taught to live in the world. Wonderful. Or is it? Can you imagine not being centered on what is around us but rather be centered on what is inside of us. Circumstances would melt away. Now take it easy, our body would die if we did not bring in things from the outside to nourish our cells and their function. And I suggest it is the same for our internal spirit. It must feed off the real world in order to sustain itself. So while we may be space we are not a void. There is something in our space otherwise it would have to be filled as a nature abhors a vacuum. What is in that space?
The answer to that might just be what we are looking for. Not saying it is, just suggesting that our inner space may hold the key to accepting and being a better part of the outer space around us.
Now I believe that that inner space can be intentionally occupied. Of auto or subconsciously occupied. We can fill it with what we can best describe as feelings and emotions. And it can be filled through a sort of spiritual emotional osmosis. "He makes me feel...." I suggest that we can notice how he makes us feel but we do not have to accept it. "I am all upset because...." I suggest that if we have already filled up our inner space that that accepting of being upset is a non-starter. Is it a control of our bodies or a let go of the attachment to people, places and circumstances around us. No way am I advocating not feeling other people, places and things but rather that we can choose what we let in all the way to our inner space.
I try each morning to fill my space through reading, meditation and prayer. I figure if I fill my "spaces" with good stuff then what room is there for bad throughout the day. Uh oh we have a problem. If Bill effects Eric then Eric must also be able to effect Bill. So my good stuff in my space is being emptied like an exhale of air from our lungs. I will have to replenish my space in order that my inner spirit goes forward not stagnant and not backwards but in the now which is constantly seemingly becoming the past. Fluid movement is required not just my fill up first thing in the morning.
So what are we looking for?
Just an old Piute pictograph that I have always loved.
Wouldn't it be great to string together days like this.
So what are you looking for?
I kind of hope that the preceding was just strange enough to get you to accept that there is some deep stuff to think about when we ask what are we looking for. As a Christian I find this remarkable. God is not necessarily outside of me. Oh sure God is, but God is also the space between the matter in my self. I can choose to get rid of God in me. Or I can choose to keep my space filled with God. If you read my sermons you know that I think love is a manifestation of God. We cannot tough and feel space. We cannot tough and feel God. But we can be touched and feel love.
What are we looking for? I would suggest that while we are looking we keep seeing love. That what we are looking for is within us. Kind of a Holy mystery, what our destination is can accompany us on our journey to that destination. What is lost is found at the same time we keep trudging on looking for the source. Like walking up a creek to find where it comes from. The living waters surround us and nourish us, but we are bound to keep walking through it until we find from where it comes.
So if you decide that you are looking for some thing. Good luck on that quest. If you are looking for some "nothingness" perhaps when you find it you can fill it with what you want it filled with.
Thanks for reading. Comments would be nice to have but most important is that you comment to yourself. I am here and you are welcome here, but look there in you for answers.