Sunday 10-25-15 Salt of the Earth

Happy Sunday!
“As life unfolds itself to man the first lesson it teaches is humility; the first thing that comes to man’s vision is his own limitedness. The vaster God appears to him, the smaller he finds himself. This goes on and on until the moment comes when he loses himself in the vision of God. In terms of the Sufis this is called fana, and it is this process that was taught by Christ under the name of self-denial … True self-denial is losing one’s self in God.” ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan 
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I wrote last week that I felt humble following my experience of seeing my light body.  I became aware of a new realm of which I know nothing.  It is a new expanse of me with God.
Humility has been my lesson for this week.  The thought ‘I feel humble’ has been on my mind a lot so this morning all my Sunday teachers’ verified the lesson for me.  It is time to write to put the pieces of the lesson together.
This week I have been feasting of videos of Sadhguru on Youtube.  I became aware of this mystic yogi a year or more ago from watching the movie “With One Voice,” a film of mystics of many faiths and how they all have the same message to tell.  He has popped up on my Youtube from time to time but this week he has become my teacher for this course.
Two weeks ago when I wrote about my ‘lightbody’ I thought I might be guided toward energy healing.  Sadhguru does not support reiki and other energy healings.  He says first it is working in a realm that we cannot understand. From what I have seen of his messages he puts the emphasis on the individual to go within to find their true selves and to heal.  He also says that healing does not serve the other person as it just masks the message the dis-ease is trying to tell the other.
This all made sense to me.  I see western medicine, especially medication, just treat symptoms and not address the problem. I understand Sadhguru’s point of energy healing smoothing over what the individual is manifesting in the physical body.  I also understand that healing serves the ego by making one feel special for the ability to heal another.  It is not being humble.
I watched Joel when I awoke this morning.  He said ‘God is seeking you’ and told the story of David seeking out Mephibusheth, grandson of Saul, to do good by him.  Joel said Mephibusheth bowed before David, that if he had been hostile that David would have sent him away.  I wondered about that – if David was meant to represent God, would he have sent the boy away?  I remembered Law of Attraction, if Mephibusheth had resisted his trouble would have persisted.  He humbled himself before the Lord, he surrendered to allow the Lord’s plan to play out instead of resisting.
I next opened my daily email from “Bowl of Saki” with wisdom from Hazrat Khan.  The message I posted at the top greeted me – more to humble me about humility!
The message validated for me that my journey is true – I am learning of humility.  I am brought greater visions of the wonder and magnificence of God so my devotion to the sacredness of All increases.
In one of the videos I watched this week Sadhguru was asked how to begin the journey to awareness.  He said to try to pause throughout the day and just take note that you are alive:  wake up and take note “I am alive”, recognize that a breath ends and another one may not follow. I did this for a few days and it does bring feelings of gratitude and wonder. It does make you feel humble when you take the time to recognize moment to moment your aliveness.  Behind the feelings of gratitude is the awareness that your life doesn’t have to be, you are not in control of its existence – it is a gift from God.
This morning I decided to find out what Sadhguru has to say directly about humility.  First I found a list on ‘Isha Foundation’ blog, his organization, of the 5 things you should never forget. Humility was number one.
Then a video on ‘how to live at ease’ was in the Google search list.  In the video Sadhguru was asked about an analogy he used about salt.  He said salt is good when it mixes with something.  If it sticks out, like a big lump in food, then it is bad.  That is how life feels if you stick out.  I realized this was also about humility. If we stick out then that is bad. We won’t feel happy and part of All That Is.
Jesus spoke of our being the ‘salt of the Earth”.  Sadhguru says salt as essence of the Earth; that we’ve taken on the essence in the form of our personality, which is all our memories and beliefs.  If all of that was wiped away we would just be Life.
I think Sadhguru is saying that our personality must be mild to merge with all of life.  If it is like great lumps of salt in the sea of Life then that is not good.  We are to be at ease, act mild, to merge with All That Is.
This is humility.
I read Matthew 5 about Jesus speak of our being the salt of the earth.  He ends this teaching by saying “Let you light shine in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Our acts should bring the glory to God – humility.
I am alive!
Thank you, God.
“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” ~ Saint Augustine


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