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Living The Present Moment

My grandmother once told me a story about the road to heaven. She explained that everybody is climbing a knotted rope. Each person on their own rope is at a different knot height that corresponds to their level understanding of God, or spiritual development. She went on to explain that when you meet other people you will find those who have climbed a little higher than you. Conversely, you will meet others who have not climbed as high as you have. In her model, you can desire to climb as high as others you see at a higher knot, but only one knot at a time. There is no skipping knots. Then there are those who you desire to bring to your knot level. It can be a very slow climb, and those people cannot go faster than one knot at a time. What my grandmother did not tell me is that there will be those people who are stopped and do not desire to keep climbing. There can be many reasons for this, but living in the present moment is a cure all.

Surfers, in this blog I will send you to a blog by a very frustrated person. The writer took their precious blog space to vent about a real life dilemma for people of faith. What do you do when you must interact with a person who is not at the same level of understanding about God, or spiritual development as you are? The blog author is no quitter. He bites his tongue and tries to be patient. I give him a lot of credit for taking his frustration out on his blog, and not the people in question. Surf over to his blog and send him a response to show solidarity. He is now part of our social network.

One possible answer to better understanding the blogger’s antagonist may be found in the writings of Eckhart Tolle.

I have met teachers, artists, nurses, doctors, scientists, social workers, waiters, hairdressers, business owners, and salespeople who perform their work admirably without any self-seeking, fully responding to whatever the moment requires of them. They are one with what they do, one with the Now, one with the people or the task they serve.
Eckhart Tolle

This is the way Eckhart Tolle echos the teachings of Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Living in the present moment and acting as God’s agent moment by moment is the higher path.

I have also met many others who may be technically good at what they do but whose ego constantly sabotages their work. Only part of their attention is on the work they perform; the other part is on themselves. their ego demands personal recognition and wastes energy in resentment if it dosen’t get enough – and it’s never enough.
Eckhart Tolle

Surfers, you should be careful reading Eckhart Tolle, because in his writings he has replaced the traditional Christian role of Satan with the ego. It may be good for selling books, but not inspired teachings from God. But for the purposes of this blog he makes the point.

Here we have a lesson from real life, not just some etherial philosophical musings. The blogger has a real problem. I would steer him to Saint John of the Cross and Jean-Pierre de Caussade, just like I have all of you. Clearly God guided the blogger to avoid the conflict that was brewing, and still this was not enough for him. The past is gone, and all we have is the present moment.

A good relationship has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules… The joy of such a pattern is not only the joy of creation or the joy of participation, it is also the joy of living in the moment… One cannot dance well unless one is completely in time with the music, not leaning back to the last step or pressing forward to the next one, but poised directly on the present step as it comes.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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About neodecaussade

I am a Roman Catholic quester. You will find that I have scripture based academic interests. You will discover that I am a conservative Catholic but I am also prone to heterodox tendencies. I am versed in highly pietistic traditionalist practices but I am not a traditionalist. I am interested in entering a discussion on the future of the Roman Catholic Church. I would like to have a role in discussing how the future Church will be shaped.

2 responses »

  1. Your grandmother was a wise person. How do you personally know where you are at? Perhaps, you are one of those who stopped and don’t want to clime higher? lol
    Clime … brother. clime.. one knot at a time…everyone one will have to go through that… there is no exception…
    One day we will all arrive at the same place… see you there

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  2. The question you raise is a very good discussion starter. I am sure the person who is stuck is blissfully unaware that they are not moving. Perhaps in time the Holy Spirit will light just a little fire under their seat?

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