Eat This Carcass!

Jesus noticed a Samaritan man carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples, "that person ... around the lamb." They replied to Jesus, "So that he may kill it and eat it." He said to them, "He won't eat it while it is living, but only after he has killed it and it has become a carcass." They said, "Otherwise he can't do it." He said to them, "So also with you, seek for yourselves a place for repose, or you might become a carcass and be eaten." Gospel of Thomas 60

There are several sayings like this in the Gospel of Thomas.  They all speak to being consumed, and what we are consumed by.  We become what we are consumed by.  You also find comments on being alive as opposed to being dead.  It is easy to lay down one's spiritual practice.  I know meditating every day is not easy for me.  But after I am done, I am so glad I did.  Even if my mind wandered the whole time (which happens more often than I would like to admit), I feel rejuvenated somewhere deep within.  There is a fine line between doing things out of guilt and out of discipline.  Guilt comes from outside us.  We should do this because (person x) expects it of me.  Discipline is a fine tuning of things we do knowing we are doing something good.  It comes from within.  Jesus tells his students to seek for ourselves a place to rest...a place of repose so that we will not fall asleep/die spiritually and be eaten by the systems of the world.  He is challenging us to find our center.  In this center is a place of power.  It is a place where we can leave this matrix for a time and enter the pleroma hidden behind this world of forms.  Do you have that place?  How long has it been since you have went there?   Let's go.

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