Theme of morning walk is the word servant. The word servant, as with any other words we have studied on this journey, has different meanings depending on the context in which the word is found. For the mystic. the internal spiritual principle of the term servant is the universal condition of preserving the All . It is in the All that the One is being served. There are no separations in the internal consciousness. Therefore. to serve as a servant is universal and is another quality that is included in the Divine love. Divine love, servant and compassion are an interconnected realization of Divine love being acted out in the internal presence.
To preserve the All there must be, on the external level, a reality that is understood and experienced in the outer world. The actions are many in form and take on various actions and activities that are not always recognized as an activity that a servant would perform. The economic recession, beginning in 2008. is a servant act affecting the All to create a condition for change.
In many religions. in both the Eastern and Western world, the traditional understanding of servant is one who serves the least of those who are found in the world. We find this in various forms in various religions. Many religions speak. to this issue of servant. The story of Jesus (one who is seen as somehow elevated or revered by the masses) washing the feet of his disciples is but one example.
For the mystic there is no such person or persons to be elevated. Therefore, there is no one who washes feet. or anyone to bow down to or any person to be served.
External activities of the servant are to bring those external functions that bring about conditions for change. Often times. the messages the mystic brings are disturbing. What looks or sounds like something out of the ordinary brings about that which is perceived as extraordinary. It is the extraordinary that alters conditions to bring about what will eventually be perceived as ordinary. What was accepted as ordinary led to the chaotic and destructive conditions that produced a need to serve in the first place.
From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan.
© Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.