“Thirty spokes converge upon a single hub; it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges.”
(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
Take a moment to picture a rose. A single rose. What color is it? Is it fully open or still a bud? Take a moment to have it clearly formed in your mind. Now answer me this: where did that rose come from? A memory? Perhaps. The power of suggestion? I suppose. Your imagination? Possibly. But where does imagination come from? Nothing. At my suggestion you created a picture of a rose in your mind out of nothing. And another thing, where in your brain was the decision to go along with the suggestion in the first place? I assure you it won’t show up on an MRI.
In today’s quote, one of the points is that the wheel and therefore the cart becomes useless if the hole at the center of the spokes collapses. Our invisible selves are the hole; our bodies the cart. When we leave our bodies in death, our form will remain the same weight as though nothing has left it—because it has.
During the past Christmas season, I noticed more clearly the emphasis that Christ was born for the sole purpose of his sacrificial death to remove the barriers between us and God. What about what Christ did in the three years of public ministry as reported by disciples, eyewitnesses and historians? His closest friend, John, reports that Christ told his followers, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) Were these just platitudes to soften the news of his impending death? Of course not. Christ, and those who reported his words, was impeccable in all that he said and did.
What if Christ followers took him at his word? What if those who have had a salvation experience dedicated the rest of their lives to discovering what this promise means and living the way Jesus did—healing the sick, raising the dead, giving sight to the blind, loving the unlovely, feeding the hungry, and teaching others to do the same?
The bible indicates that God created the universe ex nihilo – out of nothing – by speaking it into existence. It further reports that God created humans – male and female – in the image of God, again, ex nihilo – out of nothing. It strikes me that the rose you created in the exercise in paragraph one is, on infinitesimal scale, the same thing. What if you and I made something of the nothing that is our invisible selves today and every day as long it is called today? What if.