Men must navigate these waters.
If they row in harmony
They can pass easily.
Lesson VII - Movement and Visible World
Today, my Brothers, I will speak of God's handiwork in all that we see, and in how we feel ourselves move. It is more difficult for me to address this topic because I tend to hear things before I see them. I know of so many Brothers and Sisters who would be more qualified to speak of these things than I. However, I have been your guide so far and, hopefully, have gained your trust enough that you will allow me to show you how to expand your awareness of God by connecting what you have come to understand as sound with the visible world. You may have, already, seen your world in a new light because of your new hearing. Your mind now has a greater capacity for experiencing things which are subtle. Textures, that have been hiding in backgrounds of forms, now seem to contain new forms which reveal other worlds very unlike our own, yet still having the same beautiful balance. Colors "harmonize" in the same way we can hear "textures." The sense of sight and sound share a similar, and sometimes common, language.1 A meditation may be focused on an object which allows the meditator to fly to God through the boundaries2 between various forms on many levels. The attention flies like a swallow which soars between narrow canyon crevices. When flying to God, one must not be obstructed by the forms, even Plato's forms.3 The narrow spaces between them are our passageways to God. There is empty space even between levels of being, and it is here that we can find God's rarely seen long fingers which beautifully entwine all of the parts of His creation. What is visible is only a measure of the invisible,4 for where our eyes leave off due to the limitations of the body, the imagination takes over supported by the other senses and reason. After a point reason ceases to be of any help and we are then supported by faith.5 I can joyously say that there can be no "arrival," for, as I said before, we are striving towards something that is infinite. I say "joyously" because there is so much joy in striving. We cannot arrive at the infinite until we, ourselves, are infinite and it is very difficult to feel infinite until the finite body is dead. Our hope is that we then become at one with the infinity of God.
Our bodies are forms that have boundaries that can be explored through movement. Our movement visibly reveals to others the spiritual flight of our minds, but another sense also reveals itself; the sense of motion of the body. This is indeed a bona fide sense that is so rarely thought about that it is not included as one of the five senses. But, what sense could better convey the sense of flight to God than movement? When we move, the whole world races around us in an intricate dance with the body. We move through hierarchies and boundaries on a fast course to God, and every sound or object coming into the field of our senses affects us by altering the dance. Some have called this "pure" movement for it relates purely to the flight with no other earthly purpose. The body, which is in the habit of doing earthly tasks, must be retrained to fly by its own spiritual language. Hopefully, there will be a day when we can experience the flight of pure movement while we are doing earthly tasks like feeding our bodies, defecating, and speaking in public. The Rule for the Day will seem quite familiar.
Rule for the Day:
1. Make sounds/movements only in response to other sounds/movements. Treat the silence/stillness as something which is fragile and precious.
2. Love and caress every sound and movement and never do anything carelessly.
3. Find and appreciate the perfect order God has instilled in all that you can see and hear.
4. Do 1-3 simultaneously without thinking, trusting completely in the Lord. As soon as you start thinking, stop doing anything and just be still, listen and watch.
1 Zoller, Heinrich; "Biological Aspects of Color Naming"; Beauty and the Brain; 1988.
2 Gleick, James; Chaos; 1988.
3 Plato; Republic.
4 Pike, Albert; Morals and Dogma.