“Burning Bowl: Release & Renew”
Theodor Geisel, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, was first published in 1957. The story centers on a tall anthropomorphic cat, who wears a red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie. The Cat shows up at the house of Sally and her brother one rainy day when their mother is away. Ignoring repeated objections from the children’s fish, the Cat shows the children a few of his tricks in an attempt to entertain them. In the process he and his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, wreck the house. The children and the fish become more and more alarmed until the Cat produces a machine that he uses to clean everything up. He then disappears just before the children’s mother walks in.
Our way shower Jesus, said The world is filled with trials and tribulations…Perhaps he was talking of how the world is filled with “One Thing or Another (thing two)” and it is up to us to learn how to overcome the world by living in the world it but not of it.
Eckhard Tolle writes in A New Earth that “what you see, hear, feel , touch or think about is only one half of reality, so to speak. It is form. In the teaching of Jesus it is called ‘the world.” And the other dimension is “The Kingdom of Heaven” or “Eternal Life.”
The 12 Days of Christmas, (December 25 to January 6), The day of Epiphany, is a “moment of pause,” where we can allow ourselves to Experience this Revelation.
Our Burning Bowl service, this Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, is about releasing Thing One and Thing Two, and all the things we are holding in our minds and body so we are refreshed and renewed to start 2015 clear, open, willing and receptive to all the good we can possibly imagine, hold in our hearts and bring into the world.
Eckhart Tolle shares a story of visiting China and coming across a writing embossed in gold. He asked his Chinese host what it meant. His host replied “It means Buddha.” “Why are there two characters rather than one?” Eckhard asked. He replied “One character means man. The other character means ‘no.'” And the two together means “Buddha”.
Eckhart stood there in awe. The character for Buddha already contained the whole teaching of the Buddha and the secret of life.
Here, there are two dimensions that make up reality, thingness and no-thingness, form and the denial of form, which is the recognition that form is not who you are.
We are sovereign Beings, join us as we release Thing One and Thing Two preparing ourselves to co-create our new earth, according to our highest consciousness.
Maybe Dr Seuss was trying to show us something…
Blessings, Rev Janice