Thursday, February 25, 2016
In the Beginning, God Drenched the Emptiness with Images: An article by William LePar.
Many times we run across wonderful quotes that in their simplicity explain many profound ideas to us in a very direct way. There are times because the majority of the people are not familiar with some of the ideas or the words or the way of thinking of these great minds from the past, so we find it necessary to bring in a little of the ideas of what they are trying to tell us into a modern language. This is such a case.
“In the beginning, God drenched the Emptiness with Images.” This is a quote from one of Robert Pinsky’s poems. I thought it was a wonderful quote the first time I heard it. It spoke volumes of information to me. Unfortunately, I don’t think everyone would have the same experience in hearing this quote. So, I thought I would add to that something I picked up in meditation. I do not want you to think that I am presumptuous enough to feel that my ideas are on the same level of these great thinkers, but at times it doesn’t hurt to add your two cents if it is within the context of what the quote is saying, and I am trying to do that in this situation. So let us put it together.
“In the beginning, God drenched the Emptiness with Images.” I have added, “Desires and thoughts are the creative forces for the creation of tomorrow.”
In our ability to imagine, can you conceive of looking at a vast area of nothingness and then all of a sudden feeling the Presence of some great creator throwing out a thought that creates a form in front of your eyes? Then comes another thought, another image, that adds to the first, and this continues until all of creation is in place. In our experiences, in our journey through life, we rarely think of images as a creative force, but let us look at the word “images.” Couldn’t that be something like cause and effect? The image is the effect. The cause is what? Desire, thoughts, are these the creative forces behind the creation of the image? Anything is possible in the realms of creation in the presence of the Divine. So if we say that the desires and the thoughts are the creative forces that stimulated the image that brought about the entire creation of the universe, then we can take it one step further and say that these images are the cause of the forming of reality as we understand it. It is no longer images reflected off a gossamer curtain, gently swaying in a breeze. It has now become a three-dimensional reality, something solid, something tangible, reality as we perceive it.
In our ability to create our life, we can form desires and thoughts that also become creative forces. We too can let these forces form into images that are projected on this gossamer curtain, a very thin veil gently swaying, so that the image becomes alive and begins to move, and yet we know that it is not completely formed yet. It is not in its three-dimensional aspect. What do we do with this to bring it about as part of our future, as part of our tomorrow, as part of our journey through life? Well, since we are not as powerful as this Divine Presence, it means that we must concentrate a little harder, project with more clarity the image that we choose. So it may take us many times concentrating on that thought, on that image. It may take weeks or months or even years, depending on how great that image is, how broad that aspect of our future life we want. When we attempt to create like the Divine has, we are creating in a very complex situation, a creation has already been set in motion, and we must work our creations within that Great Creation, and we must remember there are many others wanting to create better things for themselves, a greater degree of spirituality, a greater kindness of heart.
So, all these things must mesh together, intertwine, interweave, so that there is an even flow into the future. Those images will only come to pass when our desire is true enough, our thoughts are strong enough to become a truly creative force. We cannot be wimpy about what we want. We must be firm. We must be totally committed to our desires. They must be strong desires, the thoughts behind the desires or the thoughts that come from the desires must be very clear, very precise. How well do you know what you want? How strong are your desires to create that thing?
We have an entire world around us that is filled with uncountable dramas going on, all at the same time. Directly, these dramas may not be connected with each other, but yet the ramification of those dramas will extend way beyond the situation itself.
What do I mean by “dramas”? Well, look at your life. If you were a third party viewing your life from an outside position, you could describe it as a drama that you have written, that you are performing. So in the term that I use “drama,” it is the same thing. There is an uncountable number of lives in activity, in growth, in motion, that constitute all the dramas that create our reality today.
It is interesting how we hear a lot of people talk that they believe that thoughts are things, and yet it is just something that they are repeating, something they read that sounds good to them, but, the fact is, it is far truer than what we may think. For instance, how solid is that piece of paper you are holding in your hand right now, reading this. To you it feels very solid, very real, and yet there is no reality there at all, as we perceive it. It is our perception of what reality should be, that is, a piece of paper that has a thickness to it, has a solidness to it. But it is made of atoms and where is the solidness in an atom? An atom is nothing more than a bunch of electrical impulses. Everything we touch, everything we see, even ourselves, is made of these atoms. So, in a sense, our reality is an electromagnetic state or, referring to ourselves, an electromagnetic being, and as such wouldn’t we be more powerful than the inanimate objects around us? Doesn’t it make sense that if we concentrated enough, thought hard enough, desired long enough, that we could create a reality that would make us happy? If we attempt to create a selfish, little reality that centers totally around us, the chances of that coming into fruition is literally nil. Oh, it may occur in our minds, but in reality it is non-existent. Yet, if we develop a thought of peace, of wholeness, of kindness for all of those around us, the chances of that thought becoming a reality is far greater because it is not just our thought, it is the basic thoughts of all those who seek happiness, who seek to better themselves internally, who seek a degree of spirituality, who seek a communion with their Creator.
If you want to create tomorrow for yourself, if you want to be like the Divine who drenches the emptiness with images, then think of terms that would benefit all those around you. Don’t think of what will benefit you, but what will benefit others. When we wish good for others, it is inevitable and inescapable that that same goodness will be ours to experience at some time in the future, not once, not twice, but tenfold. We find our fulfillment, our greatest creative potential, our greatest ability to fill our emptiness with images, when we fill our thoughts with compassion, with love, and with caring. Use your godly ability, and drench whatever emptiness is around you with the beautiful images of peace, tranquility, love, and wholeness.