II. Inspirations

The unexamined life isn’t worth living.

                                                  Socrates

The over examined life isn’t really lived.

                                                                                                     SaberTruth

Appreciating the Musings of Others…

“I’ll be honest about it. It is not Atheists who get stuck in my craw, but Agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemene. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if he burst out  from the cross “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me,” then we are also permitted doubt, but we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”

From Life of Pi  Yann Martel

“There must be doubt before there can be conflict. And every doubt must be about yourself. Christ has no doubt, and from His certainty His quiet comes. He will exchange His certainty for all your doubts, if you agree that He is One with you, and that this Oneness is endless, timeless, and within your grasp, because your hands are his. He is within you, yet He walks beside you and before, leading the way …. His quietness becomes your certainty.    And where is doubt when certainty has come?”

(A Course in Miracles Chapter 24, V. The Christ in You.)

…Interesting to anchor an inspirations page with consideration of Doubt.  But doubt is the double-edged sword that has guided Man through his evolution to date. It is doubt–a sacred and excruciating Doubt– that is the hallmark of the Dark Night of the Soul in which so many of us find ourselves, as the evolutionary imperative within and beyond us surges and begins to illuminate and then incinerate the illusions that serve us neither as individuals nor as expressions of the Unity that is our source.

As one born into a culture of doubt, I keenly appreciate where it has served and where it no longer does in the human experience.  Having whittled myself down to the one belief I can not, on my own, shake, I learn that one can not live vibrantly in the bardo of a beliefless embodiment. Once one realizes that everything is belief, even one’s existence as a particular person, one then must choose the beliefs by which one will live, the ones that sing in the space of one’s being as True beyond one, even if they are not true to the mind in the body next door. We never forget they are beliefs, yet we give them enough strength of conviction so that they have the substance on which to build a good, healthy and authentic life, appreciating form while we are in it, appreciating one another while there appears to be more than one of us.

Even the above quotes, doubt dances in differing definitions of Christ with regard to doubt, yet each broadcasts Truth about being human that transmutes doubt into inspiration.       –-Sabertruth

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