Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Art of the Genuine

Often it is the small daily things that are important, that keep us all together. After all, we're not all here to save the world... are we? Are we? Okay, bear with me...Lets say we were - just for a moment of fantasy - to think we were going to change the world... how would you do it? Through grand acts of keeping bridges from falling down like superman, or the more respectable acts of donating your money into philanthropic causes... or perhaps just through (dare I say it?) - being human?

From the Wingmakers site these words from a paper titled The Art of the Genuine caught my attention:

The art of the genuine is the practice of coherence between the deeper awakening of the heart virtues within each of us, and their faithful expression in the worlds of form. Those individuals who are awakened to the frequencies of the energetic heart within and practice–to their best ability in the moment–the expression of these frequencies in their behavior and actions are practicing their highest purpose.

Allow me to stress this point: they are practicing their highest purpose. They are not seeking it. They are not wondering what it is. They are not frustrated by the enigma of their seeming elusive purpose. They are simply practicing it...

...This alignment increases the ability of the individual to achieve genuine expression of their heart virtues through their behaviors and actions.

The spiritual works of earth are cluttered with so many admonitions, rules, precepts, laws, formulaic processes, and esoteric practices that the art of the genuine may seem oddly simple, and therefore less potent. However, it is the simple acts of virtue that hold the true power of transformation and upliftment.

Which brings me right here to this story... which I think sums it up better!

Truly Important Things

Nasrudín began to chat with some friends. One of them, suddenly, asked him about his wife:

- Oh, my wife! - he said - she stays at home.

- What is her occupation? - the others asked.

Nasrudín shrugged his shoulders and said:

Insignificant activities, unimportant things, small things without any transcendence. She takes care of the work at home, takes care of our children and helps them with their homework, goes to the market, does repairs when it is needed, like painting the house and fixing whatever is broken. She takes water out of the well and waters the orchard, also takes care of her ill mother and my mother too; sometimes she visits her sister and helps her out with the children... those kind of things, small things of no importance.

- and what do you do? - someone asked

- Ah friends, I am truly important, of course! I am the one who investigates if God exists.

...Need I say more??


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