Now is the Beginning

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The soul was in the beginning with God; all things were made through the soul, and without the soul was not anything made that was made? (Jn. 1:2-3) 

The suggestion here is that the world as you know it is the creation of your soul. Does this mean that the very problem I am praying to resolve is one that I myself created? I could say yes, I am responsible for bringing this on. And I can speculate on all the many possible ways that I did it. But when I understand the creative process is at work in me now, I also see that this question of my role in the problem is the wrong starting point. By starting with this question, I put myself in an endless loop of cause and effect that has no satisfying outcome. I’m the hamster running in the wheel who always gets off in the exact same place he got on.

Jesus addressed the temptation to fall into this trap when a man, blind from birth, was brought to him. The disciples asked,

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him” (John 9:1-3).

It doesn’t matter how the problem got here. We want to know how to initiate a new cause that will resolve it. What Jesus calls the works of God, John calls the light that shines in the darkness. The light is shining now. If there is something blocking this light—my endless analysis, for example—then we see a shadow. Does it matter how that block got there? What matters is that we want it removed. We remove it by acknowledging that the light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not have the power to overcome it. The apparent blockage is not a real power. The light is the only power. We’re not ignoring the problem. We’re acknowledging the creative process that brings our inner light to the surface.

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