Us v Them…until it’s not — GoT Logion 22
breathe in + breathe out
Yeshua noted infants nursing
and said to his students,
“These little ones taking milk
are like those on their way into the kingdom.”
So they asked him,
“If we too are ‘little ones’
are we on our way into the kingdom?”
“When you are able
to make two become one,
the inside like the outside,
and the outside like the inside,
the higher like the lower,
so that a man is no longer male,
and a woman, female,
but male and female
become a a single whole;
when you are able to fashion
an eye to replace an eye,
and form a hand in place of a hand,
or a foot for a foot,
making one image supercede another
— then you will enter in.”
The other prophet, James Murphy, of LCD Soundsystem, said:
It’s Us v Them
Over and Over Again…
The time has come
The time has come
The times has come today
The time has come for us to make the two become one.
And not some thin “why doesn’t everyone just get along…”
or some privileged and naive isolationism
where monsters remain [un]hidden in closets.
The time has come for us to do the good work
— with soul and body — “icons and analogs” -
of healing, deep listening, and of returning
to an infancy of being where we are nourished
by Divine Mother.
May right make peace with wrong within me.
May the dark lie down with the light.
May love embrace fear
and movement rest.
May they all be one within
until I melt into you and you in me.
Until awareness of the kingdom comes.
What are you on the way to?
Are you on the train called
“Us v Them, over and over again?”
This train runs in circles until entropy has its way.
It falls apart, only to be rebuilt with
a different name and paint job.
But there is another train — a kingdom train.
it’s the same train we started out on,
but at some point,
sometimes through deep suffering -
sometimes through diligent practice -
always through gift -
the train skips the tracks and starts flying.
No longer dependent on the fear that keeps me alive
No longer burning the diesel of defining self against
riding as one
fed by sweet milk of Cosmic Source
on the way to where we’ve always been.
The time has come, today!
Let’s support each other in this healing and spiritual work of skipping the tracks of small selves stuck in defining ourselves against. Through embodied practices, honesty and curiosity — among other things — let’s replace tired eyes with those that see the kingdom is here.
Peace and breath and the enough of Love’s milk with you this week
Lynn Bauman’s translation and commentary are the primary source for these Gospel of Thomas reflections.