Thought for the Week: Beyond learning

Throughout this month we’ve been focusing on “Higher Education” with the realization that true education comes from within one’s own being. Yes, we can satisfy the mind’s curiosity of things “unknown” through reading and accessing others knowledge and wisdom. Yet, there comes a time when we must go “beyond learning.” It is in this realm where we are open to releasing the seeds of divine wisdom that lie peacefully dormant within our heart and soul.

Fr. Bruno Barnhart, OSB Cam wrote: “We humans prefer a manageable complexity to an unmanageable simplicity.” Take a moment to digest that sentence and idea. Our egoic mind yearns for structure and control. However, if we are on the path going beyond learning, we must continually relinquish control in order to achieve transformation of consciousness. Put the mind in the heart for a day and see what happens.

Remember to be teachable from within is a self-emptying process. Jesus told us “Those who would lose their life for my sake and the sake of the gospel will find it; and those who would keep it will lose it.” (Most biblical scholars agree the words in italicized are a later addition drawing one away from Jesus’ intent of transformation of consciousness and into martyrdom – not his intent).

Being present to our life as love, being present to recognizing and accepting the Wholeness and Unity of Life – I in you, you in me, all in God and God in all – is a simple yet profound message. Life is without end. There is no “better or worse,” no “higher or lower,” no “getting there” for Life is a circle, a continuum of the ever-present eternal now. When we “lose our life” we will find it. When we look at the experiences of life and can learn, grow and let go, we have gone beyond learning.

Say with me: ”I learn, grow and let go of life’s experiences as I put my mind in my heart in the transformation of consciousness. And it is so.”

—Rev. Gay Beauregard, Alpine Church of Spiritual Living

Thought for the Week: Beyond learning

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