I read somewhere that a righteous person is one who submits to the will of God. Some Christian theologians paint this picture of religious people being servants who blindly follow their prescribed paths. My soul stirs at this notion.
“Free choice!” Screamed from the mountaintop of my inner sanctum. What of my own faculties and ideas? Am I not capable of making rational decisions based on my humanity? God I will fight you. Why were we given free will and the minds to make complex decisions if we aren’t supposed to use them?
For me the answer to these questions are found in the Kybalion. The Hermetic Principle of Causation states simply:
“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation but nothing escapes the Law.”-Hermetic Principle of Causation
We humans may feel like self stylized masters of the Universe nestled safely in the mineral kingdom but nothing escapes karma, ourselves included. We pay for our misgivings throughout the course of our lives here. Sometimes we’re just in the mix of it all wondering what our part in it is.
Here’s where it gets tricky. Science teaches us that we take in about 400 billion bits of information per second and register around 4,000 bits. That means there is a lot going on around us that we cannot see physically. Hermetics teaches that each corresponding plain acts in accordance to the law of rhythms and causation. Just because we can’t see the cause doesn’t mean that we won’t feel the effects.
In walks my Christian upbringing and the story of Jacob. This man went toe to toe with God and refused to take no for an answer. He wanted his family rescued from his past treachery. So he did a very human thing and fought. (The angel is a symbolic representation of Jacob fighting his own dark impulses and self reliance) He refused to let go until his prayer was answered. In doing so he was blessed. It was sheer determination to live and conquer the evil within himself that won out. Adonai was with him and within him as a result. We see this echoed in the fact that God faced him. In the Christian belief system it is when God turns away from us and leaves us to our own devices that we are in trouble.
Contemplation runs deep within the mind of a mystic. We meditate. We pray. We study. When things seem shaky we look within ourselves and ask the difficult questions.
- How much of our chaos is by choice?
- Are we ignoring our own truths and turning away from the path?
- Are we genuinely adding to the stream of life or are we self serving?
Gods laws are immutable. Cause and effect. Correspondence. Karma. The titles aren’t nearly as important as the underlying truth; when the turmoil starts we have a choice to respond according to the values we know to be right and true or react as if tossed about in an angry storm. If Jacob teaches us anything it’s that we can’t enter into a meaningful relationship with the Divine until we are willing to admit our own weaknesses. Sometimes this means accepting our shortcomings of being bound to this plane of existence. We are not gods even if God is within us.
So fight with God. Just realize that you are more than likely fighting with yourself. God already knows what’s going to happen. That’s all folks