A Practice Most Divine

by Christopher Lovejoy on August 25, 2013

As I follow or structure the course of my life, I sometimes have occasion to consider or contemplate in quietude The Mysterious Beginning before The Grand Transition into The Great Beyond.

Resting in the Presence that I am, inviting peace to fill and fulfill the chambers of my heart, giving time and space to the promise of life at the dawning of a new day, I open myself to The Beloved Mystery.

Mother Nature, in all of her novelty and variety, invites me to entertain this process of resting in presence, inviting peace, giving time and space, to open up and trust the fruits of the mysterious Tao.

I open to the Mystery of who and what I am in relation to all that is.

I open to the myriad mysteries that are found in nature and nurture.

I like that living with the practice of returning to The Beloved Mystery (to the Mother, metaphorically speaking) challenges a linear way of thinking of life as a race from start to finish, from birth to death.

Lao Tzu calls this practice “the practice of eternal light”.

Tao Te Ching, Verse 52

This provocative verse invites us to take our ease and to keep our ease in stillness or silence, in the midst of constant change, even as and when we feel called to rest, relax, and refresh.

All under heaven
have a common beginning,
and this beginning
is the Mother of the world.

Having known the Mother,
we proceed to know her children;
having known the children,
we go back to be with the Mother.

Keep your mouth shut,
guard the senses,
and life is ever full;
open your mouth,
always be busy,
and life is beyond hope.

Viewing the small is called clarity;
staying flexible is called strength.
Drawing on the shining radiance,
we return yet again to the light
and save ourselves misfortune.

This is called
the practice of eternal light.

Edited slightly by yours truly to enhance the flow of text

Ref: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

Verse 52 invites us to take up or keep up the practice of eternal light as and when we feel ill at ease in the world.

My Impressions of the Verse

As far as I can see, the phrase, “the shining radiance”, is the key to this verse.

People who have died and come back speak of a Light at the end of a tunnel. Some have seen it, others have approached it, yet others have entered it, and still others have passed through it.

The Light is reported as being very, very, very bright, but not blindingly so.

The Light is described as soft and radiant, warm and loving, like a Mother.

The Light is assumed to be alive, awake, aware, alert, not unlike a Being.

Please keep these attributions in mind as we bring this verse to light.

All under heaven
have a common beginning,
and this beginning
is the Mother of the world.

All under heaven is presumably a reference to all those who inhabit and to all that which occupies this relatively, vibrationally dense manifest realm we call the universe, both inner and outer.

The Mother (and Father – no distinction exists according to those who have met Her/Him) of this world is Source Consciousness, with the power to create (beings) and to manifest (objects).

Having known the Mother,
we proceed to know her children;
having known the children,
we go back to be with the Mother.

A reference to the Light can either be a reference to a Light Being – a fractal of Source – or a reference to Source itself.

Having known Source as both Mother and Father, we proceed to know its creations: the Light Beings in 5D (our greater, higher selves, if you will), the soul sparks who separate from these Light Beings to inhabit 4D, and the derivative souls who take up the adventure in 3D as a result of merging with human animal bodies (fyi: ‘D’ is a reference to level of vibrational density; the higher the density, the faster the vibration; the faster the vibration, the lighter the being; the lighter the being, the more easily it can manifest thoughts as things).

We are never separate from Source, vibrationally speaking, but the illusion of separation means that we can pretend to be separate – to learn and grow and evolve with and from this illusion of separation, if we so choose. Moving from Presence into playful pretense, we get to pretend (for as long as this feels real and good and right to us) that we’re proud and mighty little gods and goddesses, if only to ourselves (in your daily interactions, I invite you to notice, with a sacred sense of trust and without passing judgment, both the presence and absence of sanctity in the behavior and conduct of those with whom you interact).

Keep your mouth shut,
guard the senses,
and life is ever full;
open your mouth,
always be busy,
and life is beyond hope.

In pretense, however, we still need to be careful.

The advice here is to use words sparingly (or not at all), to guard the senses (to keep a tight rein on wayward passions), and to prevent vital energy from leaking into places where it doesn’t belong.

Viewing the small is called clarity;
staying flexible is called strength.
Drawing on the shining radiance,
we return yet again to the light
and save ourselves misfortune.

The devil is in the details; with a firm grasp of the details, clarity is maintained with respect to the bigger picture. Remaining flexible in the face of uncertainty, we are no longer bound to suffering.

A return to the Light is a return to innocence with its promise of nurturance at peace with Presence.

Fortunately for us, we can return there even as and when we are bound by 3D comings and goings.

This is called
the practice of eternal light.

If the Light is eternally present, then the practice of eternal light invites oneness with stillness.

Implications for Personal Fulfillment

A return to innocence could be construed as a retreat to innocence, but only if innocence is confused with naivety.

A genuine return to innocence is a genuine return to a bedrock of assurance that offers the promise of nurturance.

This bedrock of assurance is a safe haven for weary souls on their way to fulfillment. Without this bedrock, no respite could be had from the slings and arrows of common misfortune.

With this bedrock upon which to rest, relax, and refresh, weary souls are able to nurse themselves back to health (or be so nursed) in preparation for a return to vitality.

With this bedrock, healthy and vital souls can remain healthy and vital on their way to fulfillment.

A practice or process that invites authenticity in stillness is a practice worthy of the eternal light.

Next up: Caring Beneficently (aka Living Honorably)

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