The Law of One states that the Ankh is the symbol that captures how the Infinite becomes
manifest through the eternal rhythm of death and renewal. The Infinite Creator is in a constant state of becoming, unfolding, endlessly creating.
Ra states that “the cross (ankh)…signifies that which is the nature of [bodies] in manifestation within your illusion. There is no experience which is not purchased by effort of some kind, no act of service to self or others which does not bear a price, to the entity manifesting, commensurate with its purity. All things in manifestation may be seen in one way or another to be offering themselves in order that transformations may take place upon the level appropriate to the action” (94.26).
We are spiritual beings having an embodied experience. We help usher humanity’s alignment with the will of the Infinite Creator by being in solidarity with the suffering of the world. This theme is captured very well by Richard Rohr in his daily meditation below.
The question we can ask ourselves is, how can I become a living ankh so that through willingly holding my own suffering and the suffering of the world in liminal space, I become an instrument of transformation. See how Rohr offers a wonderful invitation that exemplifies the Law of One’s insight that through the losing, there is a greater gain.
Solidarity with the World
Friday, June 1, 2018
Following Jesus is not a “salvation scheme” or a means of creating social order as much as it is a vocation to share the fate of God for the life of the world. Some people are overly invested in religious ceremonies, rituals, and rules about naming who’s in and who’s out. They love to protect boundaries. Jesus did not come to create a spiritual elite or an exclusionary system. He invited people to “follow” him by personally bearing the mystery of human death and divine resurrection.
Those who agree to carry and love what God loves, both the good and the bad of history, and to pay the price for its reconciliation within themselves—these are the followers of Jesus (Philippians 3:10-12). They are the leaven, the salt, the remnant, the mustard seed that God can use to transform the world. The cross is the dramatic image of what it takes to be such a usable one for God.
A saint is one who somehow voluntarily chooses to trust the daily paradox of life and death as the two sides of everything. We, too, can walk this path of welcoming disappointment and self-doubt, by “suffering” the full truth of reality. Our vocation is a willingness to hold—and transform—the dark side of things instead of reacting against them, denying them, or projecting our anxiety elsewhere. Without such a willingness to hold the very real tension of paradox, most lives end in negativity, blaming, or cynicism. Holding does not necessarily mean fully reconciling. It is indeed a “suffering” of reality which implies some degree of patience, humility, and forgiveness.
We do not have to do this to make God love us. That is already taken care of. We do it to love God back and to love what God loves and how God loves!