This Week's Quotation:
I looked in temples, churches, and mosques, but I found the Divine within my heart.
I Am What I Seek
My experience has been the same as Rumi’s. After years of searching in external places for God, I finally found the Divine in my own heart. An earlier part of my life was devoted to an all-consuming search for the meaning of existence, for the reason why I had incarnated in physical form.
I looked in many churches, even going so far as to study for many years in seminary to be a Christian minister. While I never went into a mosque or a synagogue, I took courses in world religions and studied the holy books of various faiths. And while I learned a lot, there was still a sense of longing and emptiness, a feeling that I had not really connected with the reality of the Divine.
Then one evening I attended a lecture on spirituality, and the speaker kept repeating that there is no need to keep searching and that you are the very thing you are looking for. I was handed a small book, and on one page were the words: “You are Divine. This is the truth for you.”
The book emphasized that the only way you know this is to give your Divine nature expression “in thought, word, and deed.” This is indeed a foundational principle of living: you only know what you express. Express in your living the highest qualities associated with the Divine (beauty, love, light, etc.), and you will find the Divine, not in your mind, which is just a faculty of perception, but in your heart, the deepest and highest part of you.
About Open Windows
We, the authors of this blog, dedicate it to the transparent exploration of the world's sacred scripture and enlightened spiritual thought. We believe that the original inspiration of all faiths comes from a common source, named and revered in a myriad of ways. With that understanding, the innumerable symbols, beliefs, and practices of faith cease to divide. They become open windows to a common reality that inspires and unifies us. We find deeper insight and nourishment in our own faith and from the expression of faith from others.
We hope these weekly quotations and meditations speak to your heart and soul.