My dear friends...
Mourning is a wonderful thing. At least, for me it is, and I hope that it is for you. I experience that mourning brings out my humanity and places me deeply in touch with it. It connects me, thus, to my divinity, because when I am deeply, deeply in touch with my humanity, and with all that it means to be fully human, I find that I feel deeply in touch with my divinity as well.
To be fully human feels to me to be the same as being truly divine. I experience that there is a place of holiness where our divinity and humanity meet, and that in this place of wholeness our True Nature is revealed.
Crying is the other side of laughter, and makes it possible. Tears are the connector between the two. We have tears in our eyes when we cry and when we laugh, because our tears do not know the difference. They only know Divinity, you see. They are the fullness of emotion, spilling out as Life Itself, expressed profoundly. And that is divinity.
What we are all mourning, ultimately, is our separation from God--and, equally profoundly, our separation from each other. We know at some very deep level that we are One in God and United with Each Other, and there is no separation between us, nor can there ever be. Yet we live as if there can be, and is. We have been told the opposite by all the great saints and sages, but it seems too good to be true, and we cannot believe it. And so we mourn our loss. Ultimately, all mourning is the mourning of our loss of each other. And of our Oneness with God.
Lest our mourning become too deep, God has given us another life ingredient: great joy. Great Joy evens the scales, evening out our emotions. Joy is the evening of mourning.
And so we are counseled -- again by the great sages and saints, by all the messengers and all those who know themselves to be sons and daughters of God -- that the sun also rises, that joy commeth in the morning.
Or, as I would put it, joy commeth in the mourning. For who would mourn who has not loved? And who has loved who has not known all about being human that is divine?
Life invites us to Know God, in the mourning and in the evening of our days...and of our lives.
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