To go for a stroll with someone you love is one of the grandest experiences we could ever have. In the right company, with the right prevailing spirit, a walk hand-in-hand is sublime–a blessing for both. It is both comfortable and exciting at the same time. When we are moved by a deep sense of love, it matters not the conditions. Most persons quite naturally assume that they walk under their own power. They are absolutely certain that it is their hips, legs, and feet (in combination with other body systems) that propel them forward. What if, however, that such is not truly the case?
Whether we realize it or not, the wonderful close relationship that I described in the paragraph above is actually occurring with our Divine Creator. If it was not, walking–and every other human activity–would not, and could not, occur. To our logical minds, this seems ludicrous. Humans are indoctrinated to accept a set of beliefs that are based upon, and founded in, innocent ignorance. By this, I do not mean to imply that humans are stupid. In its root form, ignorance (derived from Latin, ignorantia) simply means lacking knowledge. The following Bible passage (John 15:4) may help us understand the principle more clearly:
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”
Is this not true? Have you ever seen a fruit that grew unto itself, by itself? Or did it need to be connected to the Life-Giving Vine to express the juicy gift within it? The easiest way that I can relate this principle is not coincidentally) through the analogy of a set of Christmas lights. Did you ever see a single light that was shining by its own power, or did it have to be connected to a source of power? Perhaps another passage from the Bible (John 14:10) will give rise to another insight within us:
“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”
As much as we’ve been conditioned to believe otherwise, the principle of connection to our Source also applies to humans. Through confusion about our essential nature, it is, indeed, possible for us to believe we are disconnected from our Creator (as related in the parable of The Prodigal Son); but such can never actually be the case. Unless our body-mind (person) is connected to our divine power Source, it cannot manifest as a living form. It is, therefore, true that we never walk alone. To do so is impossible.
Through enlightenment, we interpret the activities of our body-mind and the occurrences within the world from a vastly different perspective. We realize that just as we could not possibly be the person who is walking in our nighttime dream state (although it definitely feels as though we are during our dreams), we are, likewise, not actually performing our own walking now, in the waking state. In Truth, it is more accurate to state that we–as the apparent body-mind–are being walked. We are an aspect of our Creator, having an apparently human life. When we directly recognize That which walks by our side at every moment, all of our human mountains become so much easier to climb. In other words, when we draw nigh unto our Creator, our Creator draws nigh unto us. Hiking boots anyone, or would you prefer sandals or sneakers?
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell
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7 thoughts on “I Walk With You”
Thank you for reminding us that we never walk alone.
Your article reminds me of an old song by Gerry & the Pacemakers. 🎵
I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize the lyrics! 😊
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
For your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
You’re very welcome, and thank you for sharing the lyrics from Gerry and the Pacemakers! I truly appreciate it. 🙏
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You’re very welcome, Cheryl. Thank you for taking the time to share the wonderful lyrics by Gerry and the Pacemakers!
Two replies from you to my one comment requires another comment from me. 😁 Fair’s fair. And after all, your blog is entitled thinkTWICE. 😉
You look nice today, Art.
Thanks, Cheryl. I wasn’t sure if the first reply had gone through, and I didn’t wish to be rude and not answer!
Comforting words, Art, for those who feel they are walking alone, which is surely too many people in our age of (dis)connectedness.
Thank you, Michele. I agree. There is so much related suffering when we depend only on human companionship and then, for whatever reason, lose it.
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