“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
This statement by Christ found in Matthew is about something that many seem to forget with regard to religion and spirituality: finding the Truth is an active endeavor, not a passive one.
Jesus in this example (and other Masters in other examples) tells us succinctly what needs to be done – asking, seeking, knocking. All three are verbs, denoting an action that must occur. This creates a responsibility, an accountability for each of us. Both accountability and responsibility are defined as being “liable to be called to account” for one’s actions or “liable to be required to give account” of one’s actions. So action, i.e. being active, is a necessary component of searching for Truth.
How many of us then, are truly active in our search? How many of us read various accounts of the Truth, to get more parts of the story so that we can make a better informed decision? How many of us question what we are told by those we look to for Truth? How many of us take the time to quiet our minds so that we can access the real Truth and learn for ourselves?
To be passive in learning the Truth is to be like a dog chained to a tree. It’s an animal that has no choices for its life. It is given its boundaries and is told what to do and what to eat and where to sleep. Its only path is small and circular and worn deep into the earth around the tree.
The question for each of us regarding Truth then is this: how deep and circular is our own path?
Interested in learning more about mysticism? The Center of Light Philadelphia holds classes on An Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism on Sundays at 12:30 pm (the latest series starts this Sunday, July 25th) and the Tree of Life classes, helping one to learn of the unfolding of the soul alchemically, on Thurdays at 7:30 pm.
Center of Light Philadelphia
824 Glenside Avenue
Kabbalah Bnei Baruch Philadelpia holds weekly classes on the Zohar on Sundays at 8:00 am and on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm.
Kabbalah Academy of Philadelphia
73 H Buck Road
Huntington Valley, Pa
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Scott Knutson is the author of “Thursdays With Death: How the Angel of Death Taught a Man About Spiritual Life, the Truth About Death, and the Importance of Krispy Kreme(R) Doughnuts”