Saturday, January 17, 2009

hi there

In the past year I have visited a few different cultures, and repeatedly seen how little I really know about what is “right”. It has been a time of growth and change, totally eclipsing the period prior to it in realizations and wisdom. And still I wonder, will learning continue like this? Does what I know now always increase what I learn next? Will today’s beliefs and ideas simply serve as the stepping stones to the next truth I am to discover?

Over and over I read of a repeating idea…that I-that all of us, all of mankind-already possess the answers and the truths inside of us. That we ask questions and search for knowledge-but that the external sources we find are simply reflections of what we carried with us all along. Bill Wilson and friends wrote that “…deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or the other it is there. For faith in a power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.”

Over and over authors and scholars of our times have repeated this idea…even as I type this I feel a sense of deja-vu, as if I have written this same idea before, maybe even in this blog. Nevertheless, it is powerful and liberating. My current belief, for what it is worth…I don’t need any “new” books or teachings. I can go back through the ones I have read before and recognize truths that I couldn’t the last time I read them. I don’t need a new mentor, parent or counselor. The ones that I have already can teach me more if I change how I ask, and how I listen. I don’t need a new relationship, I simply need to recognize that God is inside of them as well as me.

Hadn’t written anything in quite a while, but if you are reading this than I love you-and the God within you too.


ryran said...

So basically, I'll just read this every morning, to remind myself of all these things. I'm glad you shared Rio.

This new journey that I started back in March is finally starting to blossom out--less walking-through-fire and more exploring-relaxing-learning. The path is opening up, methinks. Realized last week that I really need to start reaching out and connecting with the Baha'is while I'm travelling. That's what I'm missing. Leaving for Minneapolis today and I just realized last night that one of my longtime Baha'i flickr/facebook friends lives there. We're already in touch. I'm psyched. Happy for you. Wishing you the best. Thanks for everything--you've helped me so much bro, in many ways.
love, ry

Momtecki said...

Rio, Dummy here could not post under Mawwiage and wanted to tell you I think you finally found yourself through Ashley.

walking tiger said...

you've surpassed me. I know you thought you had by the time you were 11, but you hadn't. Now, I see that you have.

Saipan Kat said...

Glad to hear from you... and the beliefs you hold dearly.