This was four years ago…
“In Sacrament (the first hour of meetings at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints) we had fast and testimony. People from the congregation stand up front and share their faith promoting stories in Jesus Christ. Many wonderful testimonies were shared. One struck me powerfully and I asked permission to be able to share it. He gave it quickly and with a smile.
In his youth he enjoyed rock climbing. He was on a double date in college and, in the process of going up the mountain side, one of the girls hair became entangled in the figure 8. Those familiar with rock climbing will recognize that as the rope configuration that is just above you and keeps you attached securely to the protecting ropes that are holding you secure so that you do not fall.
The young woman was 15 feet in the air above a ledge where the two young men were and the other young woman was above where the rope was secured. These young people were church members and after assessing their situation and offering prayer and they finally decided there were two options. Cut the young woman’s hair, which she did not want to do or cut the rope.”
I did not write enough and do not remember what the outcome was of this real event but it does give me food for thought today. I feel like this is where I am in life. In my 61st birthday month I find myself at a loss. No closer to “fitting in” or blending with humanity than I did at 13 or 30, my relationships are fragile at best. All except my relationship with self and Spirit, they are stronger than they have ever been in my memory. Because of this I find I am not afraid to speak my truth.
My hypothesis and belief is ever evolving and not fully internalized at this point in time but is that not where life rides or resides? Ever evolving, linear in thought and deed, we believe we are creating a new scenario and yet are only remembering the possibilities of all that has ever been or ever will be. I feel the need to share what I understand today.
I have not found any theory that describes it quite in the way I have received it. In fact, it is rather inside out to what most have understood in today’s society or in what I have studied of known history. Yet, for me, it gives answers, real potential, and empowerment where only mysterious belief and hope in something outside ourselves has been accepted. We seem content to allow life to consume us and change in form and circumstance on a never ending cycle of existence shattered by decay. Even in my faith of yesterday, in the teaching of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the hope was alive only for those faithful and strong enough to endure to the end. Somehow I believe that God and mankind are bigger than the evil and mistakes of the blinded human mind and inclination.
As we move into a new era, it is obvious that something quite dramatic is needed for humanity to let go of the ever prevalent life/struggle/destruction scenario. I am willing to “cut the rope” on that which holds me so frailly in the good graces of society and take a chance on believing in the grace and goodwill of our Creator and His origin. You will notice that I have not chosen to give up God or on God, but rather I have chosen to give up my clinging to an outdated societal mentality that declares this is all there is to existence. I am not bitter and feel only love and forgiveness; not for supposed wrongs but for our believing that anything but the Love of God even exists.
Yes, I am one who says the sorrowful things never occurred and that rankles some of us to the core. Please understand that does not mean that the psyche of man has not believed himself to be under duress and horrible victimization since Cain thought he could take something from his brother and Able believed it was possible to die and we have suffered greatly because of it. The joy of the true gospel is that truth will wash away all the affects of these types of belief and man will see himself abundant and indestructible.
The absolute beauty of it is that there are no boundaries placed on the potential of mankind and all of creation. The only thing that I know at this time is that suffering was never meant to be a part of it. Joy, rejoicing, and glorifying God in our eternal and abundant creation is our birthright, calling, and Being. A witness of The Son and gratitude to The Father is our only requirement as far as I can see. It is Grace in its true form. It is recognizing The Self in God and God in The Self, as well as The Self and God in all around you.
The point of the story in sacrament meeting was one of trust. Trusting enough to give the okay and let go. We have heard this principle before. As we move into an age of enlightenment for all mankind we will need to exercise the ability to let go. In doing so I believe we will find we have the capacity to FLY above whatever appears to be holding us down in this cycle of destruction today.
May God bless each of us according to our willingness to receive. In Jesus name, Amen. Namaste~