Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details

Vision: the Eye of Oneness

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Eye ofIMG_1993The most subtle and most difficult transition for us to make is to move from the use of human traits by the human nature to the  employing of divine qualities by our spiritual nature. This has been described as the longest journey — from the mind to the heart.

The human nature, using the limited vision of the rational mind, doesn’t have the capacity to perceive divinity and easily makes the mistake of believing that we, ourselves, are the source of such spiritually motivated actions as generosity, mercy and justice. This misconception leads inevitably to arrogance, the hallmark of the ego, and we cannot approach God with what is essentially the exact opposite of the attribute that is required for this — humility.

In his book Love, Power and Justice, author William Hatcher notes that “We are the only creatures of God who have the capacity to be aware of our dependency on God.” pansyMG_1772

It is the spiritual nature that possesses the capacity to recognize that the amazing virtues of love, mercy, kindness originate with God and that we’re privileged to use these infinite attributes that God has placed within us in infinite combinations to enhance our lives. We can remember, when someone thanks us for being kind or merciful, to acknowledge in our heart the divine source of kindness or mercy. In this way we can grow in humility instead of arrogance. We can carry in our awareness the source of these qualities and thus draw closer to that source.

The animal and human nature each ask the same question in all our interactions with the world: “Do I eat it or does it eat me?” The human nature wears better clothes and couches the same question in more sophisticated language, such as, “Do I win or do you win?'”or “Who controls who in this relationship?”

bllomIMG_2119The spiritual nature always asks the same question: “What do I need to do to approach the Divine?” Or perhaps more specifically: “What act of service do I need to give or receive in order to approach the Divine?”

Excerpted from With Thine Own Eyes: Why Imitate the Past When We Can Investigate Reality?, coming soon from George Ronald Publisher.

Art work courtesy D. Kirkup Designs / https://www.facebook.com/KirkupDesigns

9 thoughts on “Vision: the Eye of Oneness

  1. I am looking forward to reading “With Thine Own Eyes: Why Imitate the Past When We Can Investigate Reality?”

  2. Phyllis, your comments are thought provoking and I look forward to them more and more as the days go by. I cannot wait until this book is published. Looking forward to it!

  3. Lovely. Just what I needed.

  4. Beautiful, meaningful and inspiring. Just one qualification – I would have started with “Often the most subtle…” I don’t believe we can be quite so categorical here. Thank you for the inspiration – this is helpful to reflect on. Thanks be to God:)

  5. Just what I need to hear today. Thank you, dear Phyllis!

  6. Looking forward to your new book!

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