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We accept the full reality of our lives as they are when we take our own lives seriously.  We need to be able to accept our mistakes, shadows, not hide away or whitewash the truth. 

Lord, help me not to be blind!  Help me to see.

God accepts us and loves us as we are.  God’s love is unconditional. 

We can get trapped in small, narrow-minded visions of life, our culture, our upbringing, and so many other factors.

I can become the criteria of what is important.  My particular culture, or tribe, or family can become the criteria.

Jesus encountered this when the mob wanted to stone a woman caught in adultery.

He encountered this when the Pharisees became trapped in their rigid understanding of the ‘Sabbath’.

We can demonise people because of their race, religion, culture, social status, sexual orientation, etc.

We can become harsh judges of ourselves, keep on punishing ourselves for past mistakes, limit ourselves and get de-energised by the past.

Both the ‘I’ and the ‘we’ can become an idol.

True ‘transcendence’ frees us from the tyranny of this mindlessness.

In healthy spirituality we understand that God will use all that is real, even our negative parts, to bring us to life and love.

When we realise how we are accepted by God, we are not trapped inside our ‘little’ culture and group identity, nor our private pain and hurts.

We can become a people of the ‘big’ picture and live a full and meaningful life.

In this reality nothing is ignored, instead it is used to bring us to life.

Jesus calls that, the Kingdom of God.

The truth sets us free.

As we reach out in love, we find ourselves.

We are already fully known and loved by God.

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