State of Grace

Feb 27, 2016 by

State of Grace

What does it mean to be in a State? We’ve all been there. A State of anger; A State of fear; A State of Sadness.

But how many of us can honestly say we constantly find a State of Grace? A state where everything has a meaning and we decide that the meaning is of value to us. Not a poor meaning: fear, anger, sadness; but an empowering meaning of: learning, internal guidance, curiosity … in short a graceful meaning.

 

Rush’s song “Ghost of a Chance” (at 0:48) has the following lyrics

Somehow we find each other
Through all that masquerade
Somehow we found each other
Somehow we have stayed
In a state of grace

What is a State anyway? A state is how you view the world. A state is your own projections of how the world is or has been treating you. Sad people get sad, angry people get angry, and graceful people find a way to fully experience the gifts they have stumbled upon, both easy and difficult, with an open consciousness. A State is an illusion based on your mind’s preconceived notions of the world around you.

So how do you (as Rush puts it): “Somehow we have stayed In a state of grace?”

We all easily fall out of that State, but do we really? Ok, hold on here, the next one is a bit unintuitive. A State of Grace is actually not a state at all. It is simply the lack of all other states. It is a way of being non-responsive to your own internal mind’s illusions. It is a lack of reaction: A lack of anger or fear or sadness or …

When we are not in a State of Grace we have let our minds spin and are not centered in our core. When we let go over all other states, our mind can clear and we can experience Grace.

It is said that Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and refused to move. He was in a search for Grace. As soon as he committed to his search, Mara the God of Desire exploded. Which really means his own mind exploded.

But Siddhartha refused to move, refused his own mind’s addictions, refused his own mind’s noise and remained still until he found that his “My mind is at peace” and Siddhartha had become the awakened one, he had become the Buddha.

There is a little Buddha in each of us. A deep desire to live in a State of Grace and forego all other states. A deep yearning to let go of addiction and desire and experience the consciousness of awakening.

So here is my question: “What practice could you commit to (and I mean really commit, not avoid at the drop of a hat, but to accomplish no matter what) that would allow you to let go of and kill your other states? To release the states that no longer serve you.”

You don’t need to go in search of a State of Grace, you simply need to let go over everything else and you will open to experience Grace.

See you on the wire

— Steven Cardinale

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