Posted by Simon Parke, 21 February 2018, 5.54am
How will we recognize the experience of homecoming?
To meet one who has come home is to meet a spacious and gracious presence, open to all people, available for all things, yet holding on to none.
Fluid in spirit, they will be as happy on the territory of others as they are on their own.
They will know clean truth – not grubby from being borrowed, but truth that is the fresh fruit of daring curiosity and clear seeing.
They will display an emotional spontaneity, wholly present to the circumstances, yet free of desire to manipulate or control.
They will possess pure will, flowing easily from sweet places within, a deep and strong river of inner guidance.
They will be aware of their purpose, place and function.
They will live from their being rather than the opinion of others.
They will live from trust rather than fear.
And their life will have no agenda but the best possible present for all.
They will have no home in themselves but the adventure of unfolding creation, and no energy within but that inspired by thankfulness and wonder.
The beautiful life will let go in order to receive, receive in order to cherish, and cherish in order to understand.
Such people laugh because they can see, and love because they can do no other.
They are those who have moved from confusion to identity, from action to presence, from separation to communion, and from exploitation to contemplation.
They are, in short, a seed set and nurtured in the soil of their own perfection.
(This is an extract from my book ‘The Journey Home’, published by Bloomsbury.)