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My question is this, if God is so close, why is God so hard to find?
– Bernadette, England
Imagine a very good friend that you have not seen for a while. Imagine all the fun times you have had together, all the laughs. These memories are always within you, yet if you choose not to focus on them, you will not feel or experience them. Regardless of how great your relationship is, you can go days, even weeks without thinking of her. Yet, if you for one second thought of her, all those emotions would begin to return, and the more you focus on them, the more experiences and emotions you would feel and recall.
Imagine your heart. It works every day, every hour, every minute, and every second to keep you alive. During the day, how often do you think of your heart? You could say you owe your life to your heart. Yet, how often do you thank it? How often do you send it love? How often are you loving to it? Regardless of what little focus you put on your heart, how close is your heart to you? How hard is it to find your heart?
God, as is your heart, is within you now. God has gifted you free will. Thus, you are free to place your focus on what you choose to. God has never left you, nor will He ever leave you. In the moment, you have the choice of what to focus on. Focus on feelings of loneliness and you will experience their expressions. Focus on God’s love for you and you will experience this energy flowing through you. In the moment, focus on judging a brother or sister and you will feel the heaviness of judgment weighing you down. Or focus on having compassion for and serving your fellow brother or sister and you will feel love lifting you up as it flows through you.
My friend, we have been inadvertently brainwashed by our family members, friends, peers and society in general to focus on so many external things that we barely give ourselves any time to think of God or what our deepest, truest desires are. In large part, this is why many people perceive that God is hard to find. We follow one of the ego’s treasure maps after another; often on an external physical search for what should be an internal spiritual journey. Regardless of how shiny, large, important or essential others tell us these external treasures are, they can never bring us true everlasting peace of mind and joy. The realization that all of our external journeys have not gotten us to where we desire to be awakens us to our true journey.
The connection to God that you seek is not found on an external journey, but an internal one. It is a journey to a place you have never left, but have simply forgotten. Bringing yourself back to the ever present moment is the door you are seeking. This door opens to a place where judgment is replaced with compassion, worry is replaced with trust, and an anxious mind is replaced with a peaceful mind. The moment, in and of itself, remains the same. What changes is your interpretation and participation in it.
My friend, let’s take any ordinary moment in your daily experience. Now instead of focusing on the noise, everyday concerns, distractions or worries that usually consume you, take that same moment and instead focus on God’s absolute love for you. For just one moment, focus on what you have truly been desiring to focus on.
Imagine walking on your way to work through a park or street. Focus on one tree that you’ll soon be walking by. Instead of doing what you have been trained to do, such as focusing on the past or future, or what you have to do once you get to where you are going, put those and any other distracting thoughts aside. Instead, focus on the strength and beauty of the tree. Ask God to fill you with His love. Feel pure divine light entering you from the top of your head and filling your body like a sponge, until this energy begins to overflow. Then visualize yourself sending this overflowing divine love to the tree. Feel the tree absorbing all this beautiful and powerful energy. From deep within your heart and soul, thank the tree for its shade and magnificent beauty. Then as you get closer, feel the tree returning all this energy back to you. Feel the tree’s gratitude for your acknowledgment of it. Feel the tree loving you back. Truly allow yourself to be open to this energy. Before this sacred energy comes back to you in the form of pure divine, loving light, visualize yourself opening the door to your heart and soul. Truly feel yourself open and willing to receive this light; do this and you will feel it. This is the choice and opportunity the moment offers. You can spend the moment drowned in the many heavy thoughts, concerns and worries that you continually allow to pollute your mind, and pass by the same tree you have walked by a hundred times without even noticing. Or you could invite the same tree to assist you in focusing on God’s eternal gift to you, the eternal present moment.
The eternal present moment is free from past and future imaginings, free from judgments and ego-based illusions. It is that deep breath you take in and then let out with the knowing that God has His arm around you and is in your corner. It is when you let go of all your stresses and worries, and choose to trust God’s plan for your life. It is the laying down of that heavy invisible bag of anxiety you secretly carry with you, and allowing it to dissolve in God’s eternal love for you.
My dear friend, God is as easy to find as your desire to focus on Him. There has never been, nor will there ever be a moment in your life where God is not. There will be moments in your life that you will forget God and choose to focus on something you deem more important. That is fine. God does not judge you for what you choose to focus on. He patiently waits for you to look His way, and every single time you do, you will feel His hand lovingly and peacefully held out to you. You may have temporarily forgotten Him, yet God rests patiently within your heart and mind, like a dear old friend, simply waiting for you to focus on His love for you, and on your love for Him.
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