It is interesting to look at what those who have had near death experiences return with. Almost all are fundamentally changed in the way they view life. And almost all return with the conviction that the purpose of life is love! Many have "life review" experiences in which there is a loving being of light who prods the individual to love more, to love everyone unconditionally. They return with a clear and certain understanding that they are spiritual beings and, the meaning and purpose of life is spiritual growth. Most profoundly they return with the clear and certain knowledge that God is Love - and to be loving and to pursue the understanding of love is our reason for being in this life. In The NDE and Spirituality Kevin Williams says, "We are all various degrees of light which corresponds to various levels representing different stages of spiritual growth. The central factor determining our level of spiritual growth is the degree to which we have lived for the sake of others . . . it determines the degree of light we possess."
Upon returning these fortunate people begin to see the world through the lens of love. They realize there is the pure love of God here and always for them and for all. As the Beatles knew - ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Love is always the answer.
You may find a link to Kevin Williams' NDE & Spirituality website on the Links page.
This week I became aware of a protest being carried on in the area where I live. The upset is over a musical coming to town called The Book of Mormon. A petition against the show is going about by those who feel that the show belittles religious belief. I was asked to comment.
Let me say from a personal perspective that I recently experienced a public belittlement because I am a spiritual person, by someone I will call a proselytizing atheist. So I know it is difficult to just let it go; but for me it is the only way forward. Forgiveness is the way forward.
I offered three things in response. My response is for both the creators of the show and those protesting it. First is a quote from Seng-Ts'an, third Zen Patriarch;
"Do not seek enlightenment, seek only to cease to cherish opinions." He goes on to say that it is by taking a side, by having an opinion, that the "world is infinitely set apart." This is the state in which we as a world keep ourselves.
The remaining two things I offered were previous "possible crockpot ingredients:"
Again the answer is to PUT ASIDE ALL DIFFERENCES AND FOCUS ONLY ON THE COMMON GROUND! It is the only way forward.
(I behold the Divine Presence as you)
BEHOLD THE LIGHT IN EVERYONE
Rev. Gene Ford Runnels