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There and Here…

here and thereWhy am I so seldom satisfied with where I am?

Why does over there always appear more enchanting than right here?

Why is it that I look forward to vacation…make plans…detailed plans…imagine the fun, the relaxation I’m going to have…the stuff I’m going to do or not do and the consequential rejuvenation I’m going to feel getting away. Then, after months of planning, nights of dreaming, the vacation comes…and…

…it is anything but what I imagined?

I think I’ve lived a good portion of my life – and, you probably have, too – looking for something beyond that could only ever be found beneath.

I have long suspected the real reason religious people look for heaven out there is because they’ve given up hope of ever knowing one here. In fact, I’m pretty sure the more you wish for something to come, the more you’ve lost of what’s arrived already.

You don’t have to agree with my thoughts. You can keep looking, longing, and living for something that isn’t. Good luck with that.

Or, you can begin living instead…living INTO what is.

Mark Nepo puts it like this: “Here is always beneath there.”

What you “believe” matters. And, a lot of the stuff you and I were taught to “believe” is just plain wrong.

So I’ve been trying to question everything in the last few years. For example, whenever I feel discontented, I take pause and remind myself that what I’m looking for out there is the contentment I could know right here.

Here’s another example: whenever I feel disconnected from God, I know what I’m really missing is a deep connection to myself.

Why?

Because God lives in me, my friend…she lives in you, too. So, get this: you can’t get much closer than that.

If you cannot feel God here…
…there’s a pretty good chance you’re looking there.

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/yourbestlifenow/2013/07/there-and-here.html#ixzz2YAdLz4l7

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2 Responses to There and Here…

  1. Jonathan Porter July 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM #

    APOLOGIES AHEAD OF TIME FOR THE LENGTH OF THIS RANT
    PLEASE READ IT ANYWAY
    I felt compelled to leave a comment on this.
    I’ve been Googling Anti-religion, pro-spirituality; anti-Christian, pro-Christ and the like to see what came up. I stumbled across an article about “Christianity dying” on huffingtonpost.com and read it. I’m glad that I did (in a way). What you’re doing is what I’d like to do. It’s what I’m doing searching the topics I’ve been searching. I think that the avenue that you take by saying “New Christians” has a more attractive sound to it to open more people’s ears, and hopefully, minds, since a third of the Earth’s population are Christians. I don’t consider myself a Christian and haven’t since I’ve been about 12 years old. What I was attempting to figure out was how to appeal to the different religions while trying to intermingle Taoism (which doesn’t bother with the unknowable questions; where we came from and where we go after our body dies) and Buddhism, practices that focus on treating each other as we’d like to be treated. My goal is to experience what the world would be like if God existed as its meant to be; the universal spirit of mankind living for each other, as one. I understand full well that that is impossible to achieve in my lifetime (I’m 33) given the state of the world as it is, but I want to help, and I feel that I’ve been gifted with a kind of open-mindedness that not too many people have.
    When I was 12 I actually stopped believing in God on account of my seventh grade curriculum. The topics were Greek and Roman “mythology”. What I surmised was that those people believed with their hearts and souls that their Gods were real. To us, on the other hand, they were nothing but myths. Yet, our God was real. Well, I didn’t, and don’t buy that, just as I don’t believe that Muslims, Jews and Christians pray to different Gods. That’s when I stopped believing in God as a creator, and I’m glad that I did, because that was what made it possible to start a search for what God really is. Though my search didn’t start until I discovered Taoism, I’ve learned that my understanding and ideas of what God is are ever changing and evolving, and I believe that that’s the way it will always be. What doesn’t ever change is my idea of what good is. What morality is. What never changes is the idea of treating people the way that I want to be treated. I believe that if people would toss all of the unimportant stories and magical BS that litters the Bible (because they get people focusing on differences rather than the similarities we all have) and focus on the moral teachings of Jesus we’d be that much closer to experiencing spiritual unity (AKA-God).
    I think that Jesus, the Dali Lama, Gandhi, Muhammed(sp?), the Buddha and any past spiritual leader/prophet all taught basically the same thing; Be good to each other.
    Any-old-way, if you could give me any feed back, any suggestions, any… thing, I would greatly appreciate it. And please let me know if what I said is nonsensical gibberish, or if I may be on the path.
    If everyone tapped into the God within themselves, the God that would connect all people would cause something unimaginably great. That is what I believe to be the next evolutionary step.
    I hope that I didn’t sound like a crazy person and you took it seriously. Apologies for my lack of grammatical skills.

    Thanks,
    Jonathan Porter

    • Dr. Steve McSwain July 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM #

      Jonathan I am so glad you found me and that you’ve written me, too. Look, you say many things here and I’m not absolutely sure what you’re asking me to respond to but I will say this much. I love the approach you’re taking. I’m a very open person who believes that the universe will guide every soul who searches for truth and, where you end up is exactly where you’re supposed to end up. I agree that God is in us and we are in God and it’s hard to tell the difference. Please stick around and, if you have another question I’m not answering here, please clarify. Meanwhile, my sincerest blessings.

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