My tongue is in my hand…

The world within us

Posted on: September 15, 2008

I’ll develop this more later:  There are few guarantees.  It comes out all the time in tragedy, but it is true for everyone, all the time: all we have is whatever’s within us and each other.  That’s it.  No matter what you think you have, you aren’t guaranteed to keep it, no matter how many precautions you take, no matter how prepared, no matter how much you have.  That’s it.  People and belief.

It’s not so scary if you realize this is all it’s ever been.  Because even when people go, we carry them in us, we carry them with us, they mark us and change us.  Spirits don’t die, so people, in essence, stay with us.  That’s why we have to build up storehouses within ourselves of the intangible.  Things that will nourish us and protect us and push us.  And we have to build in one another, invest in one another.  We are it.  We are all there is. We are all we have.  We are all we need.  Us and belief.  The things we carry in us (God, love, faith, hope, belief).  These basic, basic things.

Matthew 6:19-24 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.   But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money.”

Our eyes are our perspective, the words we choose to tell ourselves, to accept from the world around us and then internalize and believe.

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”

There are discrepancies in the kind of belief you have before you see the world and after you see the world.  Before you see so many percieved bad things happen to percieved good people.  Before you realize that no matter how much someone plays by the rules they can still lose it all or get burned.  Before you see suffering and sickness and death strike with no order, not passing over the faithful.  But it is perception, expectation, false understanding of the powers of faith and prayer.  It’s not about the world around us.  It’s about the world within us.

3 Responses to "The world within us"

I was raised a Southern Baptist. It’s been a long time since I’ve read these verses. My father had me read them during times of personal strife. I think it helped, though I don’t remember. I don’t think I really understood it, but now I do.

It’s all in your head. I’ve felt this frustration, of trying to really possess something in nature or memory, beset with the constant knowledge that all things are phantasms passing through time.

It does either of two things: knowing it will be lost, the object in question loses value, and knowing it will be lost, the object in question gains value. You pick and choose, and stick what you’ve distilled in your soul to be right. You define your Umwelt.

Very good post.

Umwelt. I new word for me! Thanks 🙂

ugh. I should be A.

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