Wednesday, October 31
- ERIC ASHFORD
God is a new idea, never an old idea. If God can be
spoken of as having done this or that, then let
that be someone elses idea of God. A God that is
past, is also as meaningless as your past, let that
God go on its way also. Be ready to receive God on
the wing of your breath, like a kiss from a hidden
lover, and live your religion as passionately as
you would your most secret desire.
Be the one and only priest of this religion of you,
this will make you easy to find. The more crowded
you are with useless dogmas and crippled concepts,
the more easy it is to get lost in your city of
dreams. Hold onto nothing but the love you can feel
this moment, and make like a fish drinking an
endless stream through the mouth of God.
No matter how true and intimate God seemed
yesterday, renew your marriage vows each morning,
and indeed keep repeating them, until you feel Her
tenderness embrace you again. Without this constant
prayer, you might remember yourself and forget God.
When this happens, a whole universe of divinity
flashes out, until you recall it back again. A
million years of karma appears like a tired comic
routine you have seen so many time before. Boredom.
You become what God can never be - boring.
God is a new idea, never an old idea. Today, go
searching the library of your soul for old books
that have begun to smell of time. If they do not
open you when you open them, it is time to be a
book burner. All those new manuals that keep
arriving also, if they do not work for you this
moment, then do not keep storing them up,
squirreling them away for a coming winter you keep
faith with. Today write a new scripture, one that
lives and changes as you do. A love that moves as
the breath of God itself in you.
Miracles are habits of Love.
They bloom without attention,
and blossom without direction.
Forgive yourself of every sin,
for unforgiveness is the only sin.
Then it is simply respectful of yourself
to forgive others for what they never did.
Let all healing be a Yes in your heart.
No more need be done but this.
Live in this moment of love.
Interesting perspective on the body by Emily
Conrad, developer of Continuum. (Her article is one
of several on this site. You may have to scroll
around to find it.)
My concern has always been with the ingenious ways
we become self- limiting; and how all our various
cultures define the parameters of what is knowable.
Western culture, in particular, has brought about
the industrialization of the body, with a
devastating and alienating effect. For us,
mechanical, repetitive movement is accepted as
desirable, and this mechanization lies at the core
of how we live and describe our world. Does this
have any connection to a flowing vital process
called a human being, whose form is based on the
movement of water?
In these many years of teaching Continuum, whether
I am dealing with a specific healing process, or
with the limits we put upon ourselves, my concern
has always been to bring us to a greater
participation with the underlying motif of life on
Earth: organism as environment.
As each of us becomes more fluid and resonant,
defensiveness disappearing like worn out flesh,
there emerges a larger unity in which communication
at the level of cells and fluids becomes vastly
We are processes, terrestrial and beyond. Our
relationship with our planet is maintained by the
resonance of our fluid systems with all fluid
systems, human and other.
Creative "flux" is essential for the enhancement of
our functioning. In "flux", we cannot identify
"parts". This "flux" is our existential unity and
creates a resonant chord with our planet. It
provides us with an ability to function as
biological systems rather than cultural entities.
All distinctions dissolve into flowing variations,
into a matrix of divine expression. There appears
to be an intelligence and strength to this flux
that goes beyond our thinking. Our ability to
innovate lies, as far as I can tell, in this
softening of form, where all becomes liquid.
We are open systems, able to respond to the
immediacy of change. Our notion of "body" undergoes
a metamorphosis. We no longer identify with
ourselves as bounded forms exclusively, but we can
enter the waters of our own existence without
reservation or plan. We are the process of life
constantly unfolding itself. The universe we are
living in is in a constant exchange of information
and nourishment. I see this as a fundamental
activity of the human on this planet and perhaps
beyond our Earth as well. Blood, rivers, oceans,
cerebro-spinal fluid, all fluids are in a state of
resonance, a unity without boundary.
Our biomorphic ancestry makes itself known to us
directly and informs us personally. God is not
elsewhere, but in the very movement of our own
formative tendency, continually manifesting itself
through the play of mutable