Blog 1321 – 04.22. 2019
Adaptability – Seeing Possibilities Not Problems
One of the things that stops us in our tracks most often is our seeming inability to be adaptable and to see anything but problems. They are all but possibilities masquerading. I am sure most of you have seen the the example circulating of how many people can read a paragraph where only the first and last letters of the words are correct and all the letters between them are scrambled. The next paragraph is one of those. Give it a try.
“It deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”
This is what I thought of when I saw the above picture. Once you see it, it is very hard to unsee it, or see it the way you mistook it in the first place. If we get used to seeing challenges, possibilities as problems it gets to be hard to see them for what they are – chances to grow, expand, to see ourselves for Who we truly are. The love of my life texted me right before her beloved daddy’s funeral and the text read, “I do not think I can make it through this. But I will. There is a storm a brewing.” I texted back there is always a storm a brewing but you are bigger than the storm and so was you Daddy.” We forget Who and Whose we really are. Many people miss I think the real lesson in the Jesus walking on the water story – Peter walked on the water too. A little wobbly perhaps and he did start to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus but he walked on the water. Was it Jesus power that kept him afloat or the reflection in Jesus eyes of Who and Whose Peter really was? Some would argue this point but that is only because they have been taught and believe that they are “less than” they truly are. Some people have sung the old mistaken hymn “Would he devote that sacred head for such a worm as I” till they really believe we are worms. Horse drip, we are joint heirs with Jesus, created perhaps for a little while lower than the angels, but to be exalted to the highest. We are God’s and we are gods, created in the image of the Divine, and we are always part of the the heart that is all in all. Pretty heavy in fact “the exceeding weight of glory.” That is, to me at least, one of the most beautiful and poetic expressions in the King James Version of the Bible.
Stephen Hawking did not believe in God. But that is not the problem that many think it is. It is a bigger problem that way too many unlike Stephen do not think. Religion is a tiny box but some are afraid to think outside the box, a very un-Godlike trait. The philosopher Descartes is purported to have said, “I think therefore I am.” “I Am” is the name Yahweh gave Moses when Moses asked, “Whom shall I tell Pharaoh is sending me.” “I Am” is also the phrase that ticked off the Jewish Council, Sanhedrin, that was questioning Jesus, “Are you the Son of God?” and he replied concisely, “I Am.” But they and we miss, I think, the whole point – we, every last one of us, are.
Scramble the letters anyway you choose, the message is still the same. Who do men say that I am? Who do you say that I am? The only answer that matters is the one we come to in our own time – I am the Christ the son (child) of the living God.” The decoder to this puzzle is inside our own heart, where our Divinity abides. Problems, we truly haven’t any – gods only recognize possibilities.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
And fellow divinity, Namaste,