Saying For Today: There is nowhere to meet God, yet you meet God.
Sir, where do I go to meet God? Some say inside, some outside.
If you go inside, God is outside. If you go outside, God is inside.
So, what am I to do? I can't go in two directions at once.
Forget inside and outside - just go, and you will meet God.
In a subtle sense, "inside" means intimacy. This inside is not about location. So, outside or inside is where we go. And inside or outside is where we are.
We begin the Path with a sense of experiencing Presence inside and outside. This alternates. We may go to meditation to go within. We may go for a walk to experience the Sacred in nature.
In time, the sense of inside and outside begins to merge in the Unity. For example, we begin to sense inside while walking along a nature trail and mindful of sights, sounds, and scents. In meditation, we find an expansion of our sense of what is outside the physical body. The relativity of location is absorbed back into the nonlocality of spirit.
The sense of inside and outside can shift. Sometimes meditating, I feel as though consciousness is going within. At other times, I sense consciousness expands to embrace what is outside my body.
The Way is either and both ways. When wakeful, either direction is a luminous intimacy. There is nowhere to meet God, yet you meet God.
*The above story is from Brian K. Wilcox. "Meetings with an Anonymous Sage."
*Brian's book, An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love, can be ordered through major online booksellers or the publisher AuthorHouse. The book consists of poems based on wisdom traditions, predominantly Christian, Buddhist, and Sufi, with extensive notes on the poetry's teachings and imagery.