Categories. We try so hard to make our lives fit into the compartments we have devised. And very often even these compartments fail to fall neatly into categories that ease our minds. We find that life is complicated and that separation to the key to our spiritual and emotional survival. Yet perhaps it is this very separation that leads to our eventual collapse into the madness of a half-lived life?
Imagine the businessman who failed to distinguish between his personal life and his business life. Or the deeply religious man who carried the weekly service in the Sundays of his heart. Imagine a school teacher without the confines of walls, touching all who wished to learn. But all too often the categories of our lives cut short the potential for true spiritual outreach.
It seems that the only comfort that we can afford ourselves is to keep separate work from pleasure, business from relationship, and spiritual from our mundane affairs. And it’s a shame. It’s a shame for each of us who allows the door of separation to close us from the world of life and the love that permeates reality. Business is not reality; it’s a minor category in the endless existence of us all. And yet we commit sins in the name of business, the only sin there really is, the denial of the light of another, the denial of our own light as well. This is sin…and we are all sinners from time to time.
But with a little awareness we can ask ourselves important questions that open the doors to a greater sense of community and openness. Is there really such a thing as “just business”? Can politics ever be removed from spirit? How can we kill in the name of justice? Or peace? If we truly ponder these questions doors will open to insights and the walls of categories will fall in crumbled heaps of useless separation.
This is not to say that no one should ever be punished, or fired, or even removed from society to protect the whole. But how we do so is the point, and why we do so even more. To act under the false protection of a self-defined category brings no real comfort to anyone. We know and we suffer in the depth of our beings the sins we have committed. Nothing escapes consciousness and the fruits of our misdeeds spring unexpected throughout our lives. Unexpected….and often unexamined. Leaving us to ponder the “why me” of our existence.
We are not and can never be removed from one another. We are links in an endless chain of further links into a world of deeper understanding. If we knew this in our wisest hearts, nothing could ever be just business, it could only be all business. The business of loving another as we ourselves would wish to be loved. The only business there is.

Love,
Eric
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Thank you Eric, for a wonderfully illuminating post.
It is nice to see you back on Givnology.
I really enjoy rteading this message.

Let us reach out to all beings with love.

Sue.
Dear Eric, Thank you very much for a wonderful post. It is very enlightening.

The only worthwile business is love. May we find more of this in the world.

Love
Vicky 2Hearts
Dear Eric,

Thank you for your very inspiring and informative post. It gives me a lot to think about.

Originally posted by Eric:
The business of loving another as we ourselves would wish to be loved. The only business there is.



There is no salvation for the soul
but to fall in love...

Rumi

So let us try and look for what is beautiful in everything.

Love, Inda

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Thank you for sharing these wise words dear Eric! Asian Colors Ying

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Originally posted by Ericc:

...Nothing escapes consciousness and the fruits of our misdeeds spring unexpected throughout our lives. Unexpected….and often unexamined. Leaving us to ponder the “why me” of our existence.
We are not and can never be removed from one another. We are links in an endless chain of further links into a world of deeper understanding. If we knew this in our wisest hearts, nothing could ever be just business, it could only be all business. The business of loving another as we ourselves would wish to be loved. The only business there is.

Love,
Eric


BUSINESS...

I remember I was being artsy in Oakland, and then had to go get work. I started wearing my suit, because I had to "get back into it." It felt so weird. I felt sooo alien in the suit! I had been playing a lot of music, wearing my African outfits and such... later, after a day of feeling weird, I was in my bathroom and realized, the suit, the artist clothes, it is just 2 sides of the same thing, and I realized that, hey, I wear the suit very well thank you! and came up with a graphic to remember this idea of the supposed opposites not being so opposite after all! It is called "The Dot" and I think Groupee who makes this discussion software now lets me include my FLASH GRAPHIC in my post! Let's see...

<embed src=thedot.swf play=true loop=true quality=high height=333 width=333 alt="Spiritual Development">
THE-DOT

Mouse-over the dot in the middle and it is a Pharoah being rowed across, and the point of it is that the 2 sides, categories if you wish, are really not 2 but sides of 1?? somefin like dat..

Thanks for sharing this Eric! Hoping to hear more.

Love and light being, Teo Do (Re, Mi, Fa, Soul...) Typing Book Wizard Idea Angel2 Angel2

Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs

<embed src=thedot.swf play=true loop=true quality=high height=333 width=333 alt="Spiritual Development">

Probably have to click the link below:

Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs

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Thank you for the interesting post Eric.
It gives me a lot to think about placing things in categories.

Sincerely,
Gisele

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