A while back, it was at the time of Passover, I shared some thoughts about: 礼品之路 ( Lǐpǐn zhī lù ) – the Gift of Ingress.
It is about ‘access’, I suggested.
Perhaps it is about more than ‘access’?
Perhaps it is about ‘being one’?
Beyond our imagimation.
A long time ago there was a healer.
An ancient trained in the art of medicine.
He chronicled his experience of sharing a moment with our Origin, as our Origin quietly came to live amongst our kind, taking on our synergy of Spirit & Matter, for a while, to reveal more, so that we may be more, as we see & hear, the Energy through whom we came into being.
This ancient healer tells of a day when our Origin, united with flesh, said ‘If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed … nothing shall be impossible for you.’
And I wonder about defeat.
I wonder about our inability to live beyond emotional & financial debt?
I wonder about ‘faith’ & how we come to have it as a grain of mustard seed?
If this too might be ‘Gift’, along the Way of the Gift?
According to the ancient healer, our Origin, united with flesh, also said ‘whatever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’
And I wonder how much have been bound by us?
How little has been loosed?
In this partnership, this at-one-ness, declared by our Origin.
Perhaps the faith (s)He speaks of, for us to have as a grain of mustard seed, is not our faith, but our Origin’s faith in us?
On another occasion the healer recalls our Origin saying: ‘When you have a quiet moment to talk to our Origin, say, Father, may your name be remembered, may your presence be seen & felt. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our brokenness, so that we ourselves may also forgive every one that is indebted to us.’
And then: ‘I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened for you.’
And I wonder, when did we stop asking?
When did we stop seeking?
When did we stop our knocking?
Perhaps when we became numbed to the reality of being one with our Origin?
Perhaps when we became self-sufficient?
I don’t know what this Gift of Ingress is.
What it means & entails & brings to life.
I am exploring it.
I do find these words fascinating: ‘nothing shall be impossible for you.’
I doubt this ‘nothing’ to be a reference to fame or power, for the Way of the Gift is mostly a whisper, a lamb conquering a lion unexpectedly.
A man without property dying the death of a criminal.
A prostitute tying a piece of cloth to her window.
But ‘nothing impossible’ is a pretty open statement.
A pretty big statement.
And as I consider 礼品之路 ( Lǐpǐn zhī lù ), I know I cannot ignore this, as it lingers alongside ‘ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened for you’, mingled with ‘forgive us our brokenness, so that we ourselves may also forgive every one that is indebted to us.’
I must consider the possibility that nothing shall be impossible for me.
To forgive without hesitation.
To love without demand.
To be happy, beyond reason.
To bring peace wherever my dirty feet may trample.
To show patience in everything.
To be friendliness to every single being whom may come into proximity with me.
To show good-heartedness, always.
To be loyal, unconditional, in every motivation & incentive.
To be servant, gladly, as our Origin choose to be.
To understand, in wisdom & act differently, not from fear, but freed through this wisdom.
And so I am enticed to explore this.
To see how much is ‘nothing’, along this way.
Not only with regards to my being, but first and foremost in this regard & then also with regards to where my being & my matter intersects, for none of us is just spirit. That is not how we were created to be. We are spirit & matter, beautifully mingled together into the perfect synergy between spirit & matter, never to exist for eternity, seperated from our matter, or just in spirit, but redeemed & at-one-d, to be what nothing ever was before us.
I am excited to explore how this Ingress, which is definitely more than mere ‘access’, impacts the matter of my existence, where my being finds meaning.
Perhaps it already has, for never have I or my family been hungry for more than a day or two?
Never have we been without shelter.
Or afflicted by severe illness.
Perhaps it has not?
For I cannot think of one instance where my being spilled into matter, in such a way that it touched the matter of another to such an extent that my absence would have left that matter to be destroyed.
Perhaps this ‘nothing impossible’ is not so much about destroying a fig-tree wich is withholding its fruit from me, as it is about filling basket, upon basket with an abundance of bread, from a few humble loaves.
Perhaps it comes to life, this ‘nothing impossible’, exactly when it becomes impregnated with love, happiness & peace, with patience, friendliness & goodheartedness?
I don’t know.
I am thinking about it.
Considering the impossible.
Exploring this gift of Ingress.
Perhaps you could explore it too?
Perhaps we will find that our Origin’s ‘nothing impossible’ is quite different from anything we ever expected.
I won’t be surprised.
‘For every one who asks, receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.’
I think, that’s broad enough to include the both of us as well. 🙂