Theology is the end of religion. The religion that has to be explained, defined, elucidated, spelled out, nailed down, argued and debated into being is dead on arrival. Living religion thrives on fascination, realization, awe, wonder, amazement, joy, laughter, dancing, relishing, exuberance, confidence, peace, grace, kindness, compassion, generosity, integrity, mindfulness, awareness, self-transparency, questions, silence, balance and harmony, playfulness, mercy, non-contrivance, spontaneity, sincerity, good faith, good will, honesty, truthfulness, and on and on like this... Religion ends when it tries to make sense or make disciples. We find religion that is the essence of religion with our heart, not with our head. We live our way there. We do not think our way there. You have to know what I mean before you can understand what I am saying.
Putting ourselves in accord with the way things are, and with the way things need to be-- because that is the way they truly need to be, and has nothing whatsoever to do with how we want them to be-- is the work of our life. We do this through emptiness, stillness and silence. Being still and emptying ourselves of fear, desire and duty, etc. and opening ourselves to the silence from which all things come, we wait "for the mud to settle and the water to clear," allowing The Way to open before us, guiding us into the service of what needs to happen in each situation as it arises-- which we meet, moment to moment, with the gifts/daemon (sounds like "diamond")/ talents/abilities/specialties/interests/ proclivities/shtick/etc. which come with us from the womb, constitute our original nature, and set us off from each other as unique and individual parts of the whole, and equip us for the work of doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done here and now, all our life long. Knowing what needs to be done and being right about it is a function of seeing, hearing, knowing, understanding, perceiving, sensing, and feeling-- intuitively and instinctively responding to what is happening in the present moment with the integrity, sincerity, simplicity, innocence and spontaneity of children with no awareness of, or interest in, their own good, but with clear insight into and interest in the good of the situation as a whole. In this spirit, we rise to meet the occasion in each situation as it unfolds, doing the work of giving what we have to offer, and stepping back, letting nature take its course, and allowing the outcome to be the outcome, which ushers in a new situation, to which we respond in the same way, situation by situation, day by day, all our life long. We do this while maintaining our balance and harmony, integrity, sincerity and integrity, spirit, energy and vitality, and walking two paths at the same time in meeting our personal needs and the need of the situations we experience through each day, living out of our original nature without contrivance or self-centered interest in personal gain/profit/benefit/advantage/good. We are assisted in this with clarity of vision and purpose gained by reducing the noise and complexity in our life to a minimum, knowing when we are being "hooked" into fear/desire/duty, and returning to the emptiness and the silence as needed for balance and harmony in service to the flow of life and being throughout each day. May it be so for all people everywhere over all time and every place-- beginning here, now!