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It is said that “Truth is the only thing that can sanctify. Alignment with the Truth is that which makes holy, that which sanctifies in living.”
Here are Principles of Being that I can accept, I can trust, even if I do not yet fully understand or know the fullness of them or their meaning. I realise that comprehending the Principles of Being takes one only so far; it is one thing to see them, to understand them intellectually, but how can they be known in experience?
Here it is: If the Truth is to be ‘known’, it has to be established in oneself and experienced through one’s living. When I think of ‘Sanctity in Living’ I think of a pure heart. What is moving in my heart? What spirit is occupying it? ‘Sanctity’ resides in the deepest part of my heart – holy, pure, inviolate. If my heart is pure, then sanctity, holiness, pervades the whole of my being … all through mind, heart and body.
If sanctity, holiness is to translate through my living in every aspect and in sharing Attunements, this means I have to remain watchful and alert to the spirit(s) that occupy my heart in each moment – especially in these days, when I find that things happen so fast that it takes real deliberateness not to get pulled off centre. If ill spirits are occupying my heart then all the holiness in me is obscured, blocked. Judgement arises and internal turmoil ensues. So, I have to do something very quickly, very deliberately to repent, to turn around.
Here is what I do to stay in Attunement with “Being”.
- I do whatever it takes to bring myself to Stillness (e.g. change what I am doing, reorientate, do the washing up, prepare simple food, have a bath, go swimming …)
- I turn away from the Noise and listen deeply to the ‘still small voice’ within
- Invariably one or more Principles of Being surface in my consciousness, or an instruction (e.g. ‘all is well’, ‘wait!’, ‘stop!’, ‘be still’, ‘come up hither where the problem isn’t it’)
This ‘turnaround’ is an internal flip in Identity, like ‘flipping a switch’ out of false identity into True Identity. It happens in the instant. I am either in right identity or I am not. This turnaround in consciousness has been aptly described recently as: ‘we are spiritual beings having a human experience, not human beings trying to have a spiritual experience. That’s a neat way of putting it!
Often I envision a Wheel where I am rightly centred at the Hub. I see the Spokes as being the points of stewardship that extend to the Rim, the connecting point to the circumstances. Centring myself at the Hub doesn’t preclude being at the Rim, on the contrary. All that is required is simply that my consciousness remains at the Hub, in mySelf, God-centred, in the midst of the circumstances. When I remain centred at the Hub in this way, then I become a means for Spirit to flows through me into the circumstances at hand.
I have been thinking recently about mercy as a quality of the Pure Heart. Among the very deepest, the most profound and humbling experiences of my life, there have been moments when I have known the Creator’s Mercy … in spite of all my own wrongdoing. In those moments of Reality, I have known that there never is a time when that which is Highest is not extending it … no matter how much justification there would be!
I think about Mercy as similar to but distinct from Forgiveness. I see Mercy as a quality I can elect to extend when I am in a position not to. When there has been wrongdoing – however blatant or slight – I can choose to be merciful, let go, let it pass by, let the other person off. Cease judgement. Condemn no-one. I view Mercy as the antidote to justification, self-righteousness and the sense of ‘entitlement’ all-too-present in these days. Inherent in the quality of Mercy is a call to come up to another range, a level above the turmoil ‘where the problem isn’t’ and to let the spirit of Mercy find expression through me in living.
‘Sanctity’, ‘sanctify’ – to make holy – the purification of all those deep places and function in my heart and mind which restores and makes holy, so that my living is made holy. When I give expression to qualities of true character such as Mercy, Life quickly tests these things in me … to see if they will hold, if I mean what I say … if I will ‘walk my talk’. If I do, these Principles of Being establish themselves in me, and, through that, I know the Truth, sanctity and holiness in living.