It is spring. Actually it is nearly summertime. I have noticed the world transforming all around. Tonight, I am thinking about how much of our known world is deepened by paradox, by the hidden meanings things that seem to oppose.
The Easter tradition is a great example of this power. Christ demonstrated supreme power through paradox. Through a death, we find life. By surrender, we gain victory. By being the least we live as the most.
In life, our true identity is found in transformations. We cannot express our most real nature without struggle against the percieved nature. The point is not who we are but who we become.
I love the part in the Easter story, after Christ had risen,….He appears to his followers and friends and they do not know who he is. He had transformed and was not as he was.
We do the same when we go off on a trip or vacation or retreat. When we return there is something different about us and those close to us notice. “you”ve changed”, they say.
I received a wonderful gift from my wife the other night. She wrote a great note as well. I think of that note tonight. By letting nothing be beneath you, you raise everything up. We give all things permission to be. We allow all things to be acceptable. In Creation, nothing does not belong, nothing is thrown out. Nothing is rejected. The shadow is the same as the light.