Sunday, January 14, 2007

The other day I was in the library at school, looking out the window, when an odd thing happened. I was watching some kids playing on the fields, when, out of the blue, I noticed the reflection of my face superimposed on the scene. It was as if I was looking at the fields, the kids, the trees, and the sky, but also at myself. I was mesmerized by this for a moment or two, and, later, it gave me food for thought. I realized that, indeed, I was a part of that scene. After all, consciousness is not separate from that which it is conscious of. What I was seeing through that window yesterday was occurring not “out there”, but in consciousness, and I am an element of that consciousness. In a very true sense, the fields, kids, trees, and sky are a piece of me and I am a piece of them. It’s all consciousness, awareness, mind -- what I and many other people call “God”. (Didn’t Jesus say something like, “I am in you and you are in me and we are all in the Father”?)

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The writer of Ecclesiastes says, “Cast they bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it in many days.” This is a wonderful statement of the eternal law of compensation. Everything balances out. What goes around, comes around. Each action I perform, however seemingly trivial, eventually comes back to me and has a significant effect on my life. If I have something to give (and I always do), even if my gift seems to sink and disappear, as bread would in a river, I can rest in the assurance that the universe will somehow bring it back to me in a beneficial way. (This may be what is meant by "karma".)

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