Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “On the Road” by Jack Keroack.
Today I pray, “Dear God, It is time to venture out, on the road, to stay with friends who are welcoming me into their homes with loving arms. What a humbling adventure — this allowing myself to be contributed to by others. Thank You for this. Amen.”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to reveal this passage:
“I have lots of things to tell you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.”
These moments when I travel to stay with friends and loved ones remind me much of the essence of Jesus of Nazareth. He followed his calling. And others opened their homes to him in an essence of love and compassion, reflecting his teachings. I am humbled at the generosity of spirit in another, and it is with a grateful heart that I accept this calling. May I be forever changed by these generosities, born of a true heart. And may love prevail in perfect harmony… forever and forever and forever. Amen.