I've come across three quotes I really like. I thought you might, too. Plus, it gives me a good excuse to use another Winslow Homer image.
I've always found it intriguing how nature and human beings seem to mirror each other, both being elements of the same idea: Life with a capital L. It is perhaps the grandest lesson offered to illustrate the universe and our place in it, the one idea that seems to be manifested in a myriad of ways, but always remains One.
I have read many of the things Deepak Chopra has written and I agree with much he has written, but sometimes I wish he would take it to an even higher level. When I saw this quote I liked the idea it represents, the notion that all Life is a mirror of the Divine:
Two chemicals called actin and myosin evolved eons ago to allow the muscles in insect wings to contract and relax. The same two proteins are responsible for the beating of the human heart.
~ Deepak Chopra
It's wonderful to me, to see these connections. I might have mentioned this a time or two. Or three....
Before I go on, perhaps it's time for me to define my notion of God, the Divine. I grew up with the usual old man in the sky passing judgment and meting out punishment for our infractions of the stated rules. Fortunately, I always had a problem with that, so it was natural for me to go on a little search and rescue mission. I wanted to find what was missing, rescue myself from a faulty and misbegotten view, and develop a new understanding of what constitutes the Divine.
For today, I'm not going to go into the entire story of how this came about, but came about it did. Through what could only be referred to as divine intervention and guidance, I opened up my life to this quest and the ideas came tumbling in through a wholly unexpected source. It changed my life.
So, to make a long story at least semi-short, this is my working definition of God viewed through seven synonyms: God is Life, Love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Truth, Principle. God does not exhibit these qualities, God IS them. God Is Life, God Is Love, God Is Mind, etc. You get the idea. So, if you're having trouble with the Grand Poobah in the Sky, and you'd like to move beyond the Flintstones, with Fred and Barney's Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes Lodge No. 26 (I was once a big Flintstones fan), maybe try out these definitions, not as ephemeral ideas, but as real evidence that Good exists and how we can practice seeing and demonstrating it in our individual lives.
Which brings me to my second quote:
Don't try to analyze the Great Mystery. Instead, Be the Great Mystery. Don't go with the flow; be the Flow. Don't struggle and strain to put yourself in harmony with the Creative Surge of the Divine Wow. Be the Creative Surge of the Divine Wow.
~ Rob Brezny
I believe the simplest ideas are the best path to understanding the Divine. Complicating it, burying it under a cascade of words and intellectual ideas only serves to move us further away from the Source. And so the third quote, another by Rob Brezny:
What is the holiest river in the world? Some might say the Ganges in India. Others would propose the Jordan River or the River Nile. But I say, the holiest river is the one that's closest to where you are right now.
Winslow Homer, "The Butterfly Girl"
The river in winter, on the edge of Lonewolf, my home.