WHAT WE ARE IS OUR INNER SELF. IT IS ALL WE HAVE WHEN OUR TIME COMES. IN A SENSE IT IS OUR ETERNITY.
A young person stares into a mirror and sees his own face staring back at him. We wonder what he is thinking as he contemplates himself. We wonder if his thoughts will enlighten his reflection or cast it into shadows. There is never a moment in our own lives when we are not living in some way our eternal lives.
We might try, and indeed often we do, to draw a line between our inner selves and our outer persona. It is natural, it is understandable. But our inner life, our emotional, mental and spiritual life – our actual spiritual being – is ultimately what we are. Everything we do will in some way reflect and make manifest our inner selves. It has been said that when we are young, we bear the face we are born with, but as we age, we bear the face we have made for ourselves. We have long accepted that true beauty is more than skin-deep. We must also accept that true ugliness is also more than skin deep. Here we are not talking of matters cosmetic. We are talking of matters spiritual. And it is these matters spiritual that constitute our ultimate inheritance beyond the grave. What can we take of this world other than our dreams our memories our loves and fears, our passions and rages, our hopes and loves. We are what we think. We shall be what we think and feel now. When we die, it is not so much a matter of our ascending up to some higher plane; it is more the physical plane slipping away from us, being shed by us. What are our dreams? What is our sense of our spiritual pilgrimage? What are our hopes and fears? What passions do we feel and what compassion do we encompass? All that is mystical and sacred and beautiful and true awaits us. But only if our inner life, our inner being, that is our true selves, can respond. There is no eternal hell. But if hell lies deep in the shadows of our souls, regardless of how we might have appeared to the outside world, then we shall, at least for a time, find our own hell. That hell will indeed be ours. We will have been owning it for too long in our physical life. Our spiritual awakening, our spiritual unfolding to OTHER, to everyone around us, to the planet, our Gaia, to spiritual life that can encompass the mystical and the sacred without our even being aware if it, is the key to our being ONE with ourselves , with all we love, and with all our fellow pilgrims. . Our spiritual awakening, our spiritual unfolding to OTHER, to everyone around us, to the planet, our Gaia, to spiritual life that can encompass the mystical and the sacred without our even being aware of it, is the key to our being beautiful, and to our radiating beauty outwards to the world and inwards to the very heavens.
Undisciplined thoughts affect everything. In comparison, undisciplined bodies affect little. Even beyond the realms of this physical earth, our thoughts are not lost; indeed our thoughts endure: forever. Thus, are we accountable beyond imagining. Thus must we forever be mindful of our minds. It is only our minds that make sense of, and give meaning to, the entire universe of matter. We can taint the world we inhabit with our darker thoughts. Likewise, though we do not realise it, we can taint the higher realms, the very realms of God with our darker selves. We must always take care. We owe nothing less to ourselves, and to all of creation itself.
What we think is what we are.
What we think now,
Is the world beyond this world
We shall one day inherit.
We must beware.
We must be aware.