Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Okay, a Question

Now that we're starting to be "we" instead of "me," what do we think of this?

Alan Lew again (_This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared_):

"... What would happen if every time we did something we disapproved of, we opened our heart to heaven? What would happen if every time we felt an impulse we didn't like, we acknowledged its divine origin?...

"Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not suggesting that it's all right to keep on being mean to people. I am saying that if you keep beating yourself up for being mean, your meanness is just going to keep striking back, getting stronger and more vicious with each blow. If on the other hand you were to fill up your meanness with attention and presence, it might just begin to cool down...

"When we experience ourselves exactly as we are, we sense our oneness with everything and we realize there is no such thing as a mistake. When we pay attention, everything enlightens us, even the things we think of as mistakes."
Or maybe another version half-remembered from Robert Aitken: "Zen is the perfection of character; it is not the perfection of someone else's character." And: [also not necessarily exact] "Our bad qualities are also our good qualities."

Or William Stringfellow's idea that when God "redeems" a person, this does not mean changing who they are so much as putting their flaws to the right use.

What do we know or think about this?

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