The following verse is from James 4:8:
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
In response to this verse, the majority of us might ask; “And what the heck does that mean? In one short passage, we’re told that we have dirty hands, that we’re a sinner, and that we need to purify our heart and get rid of a mind!
I humbly offer my following interpretation: In the Bible, hands often symbolize the will; therefore, dirty hands would imply that we were living through the perspective of the person; instead of God’s (which is selfless and infinitely wise). To be a sinner means to miss the mark regarding the Truth of our being. To purify our heart would mean to cleanse our perspective of the thoughts and beliefs related to being the person; because to some degree or other, it is tainted with selfish motives. To be double minded would refer to the predominant world belief that there are eight billion separate persons who possess a mind of his/her own. The Truth is that God (the only Consciousness there is) is actually living us. That the former is believed is the cause of every conflict that arises.
How do we draw nigh (near) to God (and thereby improve everyone’s quality of life), when information can only relate knowledge about God? If we’re seeking union with God, it’s important to realize that the term “near” still implies distance; which means that we are still rooted in the dualistic perspective of subject to object. Our real aim is not only to draw near to God, but to actually merge in–and as–our true nature. For this to be known, we must be God in the apparent form of you, me, and eight billion spiritual brothers and sisters.
To draw nigh unto God can only be known directly. During meditation, the realization arises that the perspective of the person is witnessed by a No-Thing which isn’t localized in space-time. When this occurs, we realize that our sense of “I Am-ness” is not ours, but God’s. The strength of this revelation indicates the truth that the Self which we have been seeking is everywhere and, yet, nowhere. This also leads to the realization that our personhood is being lived as an appearance within Consciousness. Our understanding is reinforced through the following verse from Acts 17:28:
“For in Him we live and move and have our being.”
Dear Readers: Draw nigh unto God. Despite the appeal of the apparent body-mind perspective, it gives rise to tremendous suffering. This occurs because the body-mind (which is appearance only) exists in a dualistic environment. Good and bad are interrelated polaric opposites; therefore, one cannot be known without the other. When we know ourselves as That which we truly are, we know the peace that passeth all understanding.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2023 – R. Arthur Russell
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