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Love & Craziness & Three Gates

Sharing the Connection

Jun 4, 2017

Saying For Today: We never know the extension of influence from one loving thought or act. We do not need to know, we need to trust and act.


Living in LOVE beyond Beliefs

We Share One Life, We Are One Life


Wisdom Saying

Love is very complicated, and we show our love in ways we don't even realize. ... Subtle and mysterious are the ways of love.

*Lama Surya Das. Awakening to the Sacred.

Wisdom Story

The following story Lama Surya Das, Dozgchen Master, shares in Awakening to the Sacred:

Last year my friend Kathy traveled to Indiana in order to attend the memorial service of a woman named Mary Davis. Mrs. Davis, who was eighty-nine when she died, was the much beloved mother of four loving children. At the service, my friend Kathy was sitting in the row behind Mary's daughter, Margi, and one of Mary's grandsons, Jonathan, who was giving a eulogy.

When Jonathan, now a confidant and successful man, stood up to speak, he told the congregants about some of his experiences growing up. He said that as a child he had learning disabilities that made him very discouraged. He said that he remembered days when he felt as though he couldn't get anything right, and he hated school. He said that one of the most inspiring, meaningful, and confidence-building things in his growing up was a family prayer taught by his grandmother, Mary, to his mother, Margi, who in turn taught it to him. Every morning before Jonathan went to school, his mother would take his hands, look him in the eye, and repeat this prayer. This was Mary's legacy to her family. I never knew Mary, but I often think of her and her prayer of love.


I am the place that God shines through.
He and I are one not two.
He needs me where and as I am.
I need not doubt, not fear, nor plan.
If I but be relaxed and free,
He'll work his plan of love through me.


Therevada Buddhist Master, Ajahn Chah (1919-1992), in Being Dharma, taught the three gates of spiritual transformation: body, mind, and speech. He taught, "Don't keep the knowledge in your brain or in your mouth. Make the gates of body, speech, and mind consistent in Dharma [i.e., Teaching, Truth, Reality]."

Chah reminds us our bodies, mouths, and brains ~ our whole selves ~ are to be consistent with our spiritual teaching. A spiritual path has energy to transmute bodily faculties into the life of Dharma, or Truth, or Sacredness.

And the essence of Sacredness is Love. This Love is not emotional, though emotion of varied nature arises from this nonpersonal Love. Love expresses as connection, availability, and openness. Love is a center of meek force, everywhere and no where. Love seeks to pull all things into its orb, that all things might enjoy meaning in connection with all other beings. As Martin Buber remarks of community unbound by time but existing through time, in I and Thou, "And thus the genuine guarantee of spatial constancy consists in this that men's relations are true to their You, being radii that lead from all I-points to the center, create a circle. Not the periphery, not the community comes first, but the radii, the common relation to the center. That alone assures the genuine existence of a community."

Love is subtle and a mystery. We never know the extension of influence from one loving thought or act. We do not need to know, we need to trust and act. We find connection arising from and returning to a Center. We act to manifest connection. Connection is the source of loving action. The connection moves through us, and as we act, in the action of the connection, the Center moves us and we move more fully into the Center. The pulling of Love ~ which is the sacramental act of Life in Creation ~ and our choice to move by action toward the Center, by moving outward and incarnating Love in the world, in and by Love, is one act. This act is, so prior to any acclamation of its veracity by religion or society, and this act is prior to morality, neither moral nor immoral, in Truth.

This is certain, then, no life is insignificant that offers even one act of Love. And, likewise, no one has failed to offer Grace to the world who has done one act of caring for another being, regardless of nature of the being.

To move more outward in offering Love among creatures and, thereby, move more into union with the Center, we maintain a transforming spiritual path. This will address making body, mind, and speech means of Grace, agents of the Mystery, sacramental openings from the Center to the world and the world to the Center.

In a real sense, by loving we bring the Center into the world and the world we carry with us into the Center. For while the absence of loving is separation, Love is connection. Love, then, is Holy Communion, Graceful Intimacy, the Eucharistic offering of Life by Life to others.


©Brian Kenneth Wilcox 2017. Brian is a Hospice Chaplain, living out his vow to serve all living beings by serving those preparing to die and their friends and family. Brian lives a vowed life, alone in a quasi-hermitic life, and integrates varied religions, but most especially the contemplative paths of Buddhism and his native faith, Christianity. Brian received a 'mystical' Christ-experience at age 9, and was introduced to a peace untouched by pain and suffering. Later, in his mid-30s, after surviving a dark night of despair, Brian was vowed to a contemplative Christian way of life on St. Matthew's Feast day, 1995, by Greenbough House of Prayer, in Georgia, USA. This began many years of ardent reading, spiritual practice, and exploration of many spiritual paths, including publication of his book An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love. The Journey has led Brian to the joy beyond the ache, a contentment in experiential union with Grace. Brian lives with the affirmation that Love, not as emotion but Divine Presence, transcends all paths of religion and is our Source and Destination. As St. Paul writes in the Christian Bible, "Now remain always, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." Peace to All!

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