Sunday, November 9, 2008

What is grace?

The seeker asks 'What is grace?'

After a lifetime of living in the mind, of worrying about himself and his worth, of feeling unfulfilled or stressed or unhappy or all of those, the seeker cannot be unfamiliar with the enormous power of mind to keep him in the trance. The seeker cannot be unfamiliar with thought's prolific ability to procreate! - One thought leading to another to another and to yet another, seamlessly and unceasingly.

Given this incessant nature of mind, what's to stop us from being enmeshed in its entrails forever?

Isn't that something to stop and consider?

What made the seeker a seeker? What put him on the journey to look beyond mind's babble? What put him on the journey to know his own truth? After all, he could have remained as he had for so long, - taking mind to be his full reality.

Whatever it is that does this - it births the seeker. It puts a spoke in the wheel of mind. It may start with a small spoke, but it knows what it is doing. For even the smallest spoke must start to affect the turning of the wheel, in it's own time.

So what is it? - This quiet, self-assured, powerful, loving force that can quiet mind? That, - dear seeker, - would be grace, - Is it not?

Grace births the seeker. Grace pulls the seeker back, again and again from the trance of mind. Grace finds the teacher, whether internal or external. Grace puts the seeker in the way of the teaching. And grace delivers the seeker into truth.

It is all grace. And deep, deep, deep gratitude is the response. Also from grace.


Ron Marson said...

So this seeking compulsion too, is a manifestation of grace! How beautiful!

Chris said...

This post is awesome!
I am so happy to have read it!

Very encouraging. I have often wondered, if there is no "me," then what (or who) is it exactly that compels "me" to look for an answer outside of the mind? To find the truth of my being? Thank you so much


Ameeta said...

Hi again Chris,

Great question.

There is no me - this is only true for you when you experience it. Until then there is me. And both are God.

The me is simply a vehicle that arises believing itself to be something, in order that it may ultimately dissolve into the nothing that is everything.

A very inadequate analogy is this: only one who has experienced fear can experience fearlessness, right?

Imagine one who is born fearless, who has never experienced fear. Would she know herself to be fearless? You can look at her and declare that she is fearless, but that is only because having experienced fear, you can recognize fearlessness.

In a similar way, this I that is believed in, is sacred - because it is only the one who has believed in the I that is released from the illusion. And this release is the knowing of one's true nature. What is, simply is and needs nothing, and from this complete emptiness, everything arises.