Guest Author: Elena Margo Gould
"There are as many ways to God as there are created souls." (Sufi saying).
We are all standing in a different spot on the planet, seeing the world with our individual eyes, relating to God from our own hearts. We look to creation for connection, scan the horizon for a sign, comb the sand for broken pieces of the truth.
You turn inward, enter into the depths of your soul and (e)merge with the words God whispered to you in the dark still quiet.
You can share with others the wisdom you have gained; you can write it carefully in a Book. But no matter how much they study, they will only see the shadow of your experience.
I must speak to God myself.
My unfolding will not match yours. I will not be the same color, the same size, I will not have the same number of petals. Your Book can keep me company, but it cannot tell me how to unfurl into the flower that I am.
We can walk together, hand in hand, but we cannot enter the water in the exact same spot. We cannot hear the exact same Word.
Your path is only one path. Your Book is only one book.
Your hell is only one fantasy. Your God is only one face of the Divine.
Don’t let your Book trap you within its pages. Don’t limit God to ink on paper. Don’t mistake the map for the Way.
Live the Word that breathes and pulses and moves you to joyful Union.
"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey." (Sufi saying).