Divine Paradox – Notes to Ponder
The following were taken from Rev. Molly’s notes on the Oct. 2nd talk HEART-CENTERED METAPHYSICS: THE DIVINE PARADOX. You can listen to the recording of her talk by going to http://www.unityoftheoaks.org/podcast
Listen to this:
- If you didn’t get this message, call me.
- Nobody goes to that restaurant because it is too crowded.
- You shouldn’t go in the water until you know how to swim.
- Deep down, you’re really shallow.
An anonymous poet wrote:
The paradox of our time in history is that we have bigger houses and smaller families.
More conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.
These are examples of paradoxes–something that appears contrary to common sense, contrary to expectation.
Daily Word for September/October 2016, pages 44 – 45: We set aside our grief to find the blessings in the situation. The first blessing: no other home was affected and everyone was safe. Most wouldn’t expect people to go about blessing a situation that is clearly so devastating — but that’s what we do in Unity. We acknowledge what happened, and then we come back to a place of being centered in the Truth. God is here. This too will pass. We find balance by finding the blessing.
We are called to become masters of mystery, called to get up in the morning with a sense of wonder.
There was a teacher in inner city Seattle who wanted to give his students just a moment of silence. So he stood on the playground and yelled, “What WAS that?!” and waited, and listened, and so did the students.
Jesus taught about paradox in so many of his teachings…
The first will be the last, the last, first.
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses for my sake will find it.
Love those that hate you and pray for those that despitefully use you.
And from the Gospel of Thomas, found in Egypt in 1945:
When you make the two one,
and when you make the inner as the outer,
and the outer asn the inner
and the above as the below,
and when you make the male and the female into a single one,
then shall you enter the Kingdom.
Paradox! Jesus is teaching us to let go of any sense of separation, anyone above or below us. My inner life, and my outer life are one. In harmony.
Male and female – humanity – one humanity. One Life.
Infinite God, Cosmic God, closer than the breath, in every atom and cell.
Father Mother God, comforter, architect of the Universe, loving presence.
Life is filled with wonder and mystery.
What WAS that?!
This is life and it is paradoxical, and that’s the truth!