God's Humanity / Man's Divinity

Can you see that when we deny the existence of something in the name of god, particularly the ego and the material world of form, we're actually crusading against god by rejecting its expressions?

To recognize this is to recognize that there are aspects of god that are not purely peaceful, blissful, joyful, or even likeable and that god cannot be relegated to or sanctified in a dimension that is cut off from anything else.  This can be disillusioning to those who cling to a vision/experience of god as the untarnished, transcendent/absolute only. To recognize this is to admit that god is not perfect, at least not in the way that we tend to see perfection as something that can only exist in isolation from the blemishes, flaws, and stains of imperfection, it's opposite.  But paradoxically, in seeing this, we open ourselves to experiences of a strange perfection within this bittersweetness, one that is trans-imminent - flawlessness that is not in opposition to but found within flaws, contentment that transcends and includes discontent.  This can only happen when we are able to hold the aliveness and tension of unified opposites in an inner open palm, allowing for the co-existence in which one does not have to fade for the other to be present. Silence and noise, hunger and satiation, misery and ecstacy. One does not have to die for the other to be alive. Knowing now that you can't experience all of god without the full dynamism of your own humanity, you may long to feel radically incarnate, and cherish it when you do. Wanting all of god means wanting all of you. This is good news. It unravels the attempt to push parts of ourselves away in the name of god, for how can you reach god by pushing part of god away? To behold god in god's completeness is to slowly embrace a holiness that pervades the profane without erasing it, just as the "absolute" pervades all form without erasing it. This can start within ourselves. When practicing self-compassion is infused with a visceral awareness that everything human is god and vice versa (for example every troubling thought, every searing sensation of grief, is an expression of god, whether you want it to be or not!), you discover that self-compassion involves softening your heart towards the aspects of god you struggle with inside of you, a struggle which itself is god too. From this perspective, self-compassion becomes an essential non-dual practice of inner reconciliation that bridges the schism and profoundly heals the rift between god and god's humanity, between man and man's divinity.


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