Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm  or 146, 147 (Morning)
Psalm 85, 86 (Evening)
Free at Last
“You shall know the Truth and the Truth will make you free!” (John 8:32) Wow! What a great one-liner! We are all living into our own truth and in that process shedding the burdens of the false self. Does the Truth need to make us miserable first? The short answer in my experience is a resounding, “Yes!” We begin this human journey initially free of the false self as an innocent babe. As we begin to deal with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that make up our world we immediately begin to create a false or home-made self to help us survive in this life. Some refer to this false self as “ego” or “persona,” and its mission is to protect us from the woundings that are inherent in being a part of the “human condition.” Paradoxically, this “protection” becomes the neurotic condition that is the biggest impediment to returning to the precious child of God that we were created to be.
An important part of the spiritual journey is the process of unloading the emotional wounds of a lifetime buried in the unconscious that are keeping us from accepting our basic core of goodness and thus being able to love ourselves and others unconditionally…just as we all are. As we awaken through our spiritual practices to what Zorba described as “the full catastrophe” we are invited to accept the GOOD NEWS that we, and everyone, and everything, is okay just as it all IS. And in this “divine therapy” of surrendering and trusting the Process, we are all becoming FREE to LIVE and to LOVE and have life more abundantly. Cowabunga!
Written by Nicholas Cole
Nick is a grateful member of the St. Paul’s community, and who believes that transformation happens in relationship.