Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Truth and Immortality

A Course in Miracles defines a miracle as a shift in perception. Specifically, seeing the truth. And the truth is that we are all perfect beings, lacking nothing.

A speaker I was listening to last week in the Apologetics class I'm taking defined truth as what occurs when your perception lines up with reality.

I always thought truth was a relative thing. What is true for me may not be true for you. But through study, I'm realizing now that truth resides at a spiritual level. We are not bodies with spirits -- we are spirits with bodies.

Nicholas Wolterstorff said, "If I believe of something that it is a duck, that is true of it if and only if it is a duck. And if that is indeed true of it, it is not true of it relative to some conceptual scheme. It is just true, period. Thoughts are true or false of things, period — not relative to something other.”

The speaker last week also talked about how we have this misconception that the further you get from the earthly plane, the thinner reality gets. In other words, we think heaven is a reflection of earth. And this couldn't be farther from the truth. Rather, earth is what is thinned out -- on the heavenly plane, everything is so much more real, so much more solid.

This lines up with what I've learned through studying many spiritual disciplines in my life. As above, so below. On earth as it is in heaven. Events take place there before they take place here. People exist there before they exist here.

That's comforting to me. I picture my daughter's spirit safely in heaven, simply waiting for my spirit to join hers. I picture my future children existing there with her, simply waiting to start their earthly lives.

I see Scarlett in so many things. I see her in the laughter of my nephews, in the hand-prints on the mirror in my bedroom, in my husband's blue eyes.

I see my grandfather in my dislike for vegetables. I see my aunt Peg in the woman sitting next to me at Bible study with the purple wrap around her shoulders, and soft eyes that project grace and confidence.

They are all reflections now. But the truth of them still lives -- they are, in fact, immortal.

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