Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a partial response to Tom’s comments to my letter on Illumination. If this subject, or any other for that matter, tickles your desire to comment, please do. To read Tom’s comment go to the website, www.thehubbellpew.com, and click on Tom’s comment on the right hand side of the page.
Tom, thank you for your comment and the effort you made to type it on your cell phone. My thumb would have to soak in ice for hours but then again my thumb couldn’t perform the task to begin with.
I love the image of “let go of your personal vantage point – the lens through which you have thus far viewed your life, problems, and values…. Rather than attempting to do that through will or discipline, he suggests “departing the shores of the everyday world, sailing toward distant horizons of unexplored realities.” Where do I sign up?
I think in all of us is a desire to escape our present situation and sail on the sea of spirituality. If we are fortunate enough to take a cruise we want it to last, but ultimately we come ashore and despite our best efforts, as you say, we once again encounter the real world, full of fears and the past. It is difficult, but not impossible, to use the lessons learned on our cruise to face the issues that arise when our feet are on dry land.
I think you hit the nail on the head when you say, “a partial answer… lies in deepening love for God.” In this regard all faiths seem to agree.
Thank You for your reply. Webb