Thomas Ramey Watson

The divine presence

When the divine presence is gone, only emptiness remains.

Look for some way to re-create the departed blessing.

The most powerful thing that anyone can do, however, is to fill the void directly: going inward to find peace and silence; following the trail of spiritual clues; paying attention to the guidance of your soul; seeking your own essence; finding the presence of God; removing obstacles and inner resistance; changing your allegiance to the soul.

I think nothing here is incompatible with Christian life.

The aftermath is a precarious time, and some people don’t strike out on their own; they are attracted to the safety and comfort of organized religion.

Perhaps the prospect of an inner path feels too mystical or abstract, though I am amazed at how m

any people do not choose going inward as their first response to the aftermath.

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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