Anonymous asked: Thoughts on Ash Wednesday? Shouldn't it be more about letting go of ego, and realizing our oneness with the Creator?
Hi sweetheart. <3
My thoughts? It seems to me to be a time to reflect on the ephemeral nature of life… that we will all become ash, and our time here is temporary and to be cherished. What is most important to you, my friend? Are attachments keeping you from observing the greater priorities in your life? What are you holding onto that is holding you back from your own evolution? What are you willing to let go of to experience and become established in that state of Oneness?
Letting go could be about habits that keep us from living well such as addictions or attachments that detract from our quality of life, or counterproductive interpersonal tendencies, or our attachment to the criticism or opinions of others. It could be about letting go of internal mental habits, or habitual tendencies that leave us feeling contracted. Ego is anything that leads to contraction, right? It can be belittling ourselves, or rationalizing, or thinking ourselves better than or separate from. It seems that its deeper meaning could be more than about giving something up for a little while, but the truth is that people are in different places and in need of different levels of reflection. In the minds of some, perhaps, giving up chocolate or sugar or alcohol or something like that is a demonstration of their immense gratitude for what Jesus sacrificed - and that what they offer may look like a very small token of this gratitude, but in fact can be a challenging exercise in letting go. For some, giving up something like that is a huge commitment and it leaves an impression that is more lasting than we may realize. In other words, I can’t and wouldn’t impose my concepts on someone’s personal religious offering. It needs to come from inside you in the place in your life where you stand. <3
If Lent is something you observe, love, may it be for you an exercise borne of self reflection and sublime gratitude, and may it give you a glimpse into something beyond the temporary, beyond who you thought you were. May it take you closer to the truth of your intimate connection to the divine. May it realign you with your deepest intentions and the depth of your own Heart.
"Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:21
Lots of Love to you, from my heart to yours. <3
Namaste, beautiful spirit.