Understanding the Infinite

The problem with trying to describe a being that might be worthy of being called Divine is that you can’t just try and stuff an infinite being into a finite container such as a physical body – which is exactly where most institutional religion starts and ends. If your vision of God is a little buddy of yours who comes over for coffee in the morning, what you have is no God at all but rather an invisible friend.

On the other hand, if we can talk about organizing principles, forces that energize and empower, movements toward wholeness and overcoming difficulty, then we are starting to move in the right direction. We will never finish that journey, and that’s okay. We just need to resist the very human urge to stuff all that in a skin bag, put some hair on top of it, take a picture and hang it on the wall with a candle under it. If we do that, we undo all of the progress we have made.

As the Korean Zen folks say, “only don’t know.”

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