Jesus the Druid, Part 3: One Word


In this single command, Jesus is profoundly Druidic.  Catch the moment, he says.  Watch the divine as it swirls around and in you.  You can witness the marvelous if you simply pay attention.  Listen!  Look!  Seeing and hearing are a good start.  Now do more.  Put yourself into your attention. Make it purposeful.  Don’t just hear — listen. Don’t just see — look.

“If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22).  A wonderful assertion– one to test, to try out, to prove to oneself, not merely to accept passively.  A promise.  Singleness of vision, the devotion and dedication to witnessing what is really there, as opposed to what we assume or fear, wish or ignore.  Some have seen this passage as a reference to the yogic “third eye” chakra, the Hindu Shiv Netra or Sufi Tisra Til.  Why not both, and something else besides?

In the second half of her poem “The Summer Day,” Mary Oliver says:

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Shouldn’t all attention bring to light more and better questions?  Wouldn’t we be bored to tears with a life of all things answered?  Give me bigger and deeper questions, give me earth whole again, give me all I already have.  Give me birth in this moment.  We are constantly being born, arriving at ourselves, a remembering, a finding out of the utter strangeness of being alive, and being human in this moment, our eternity, the only time there is.  The past is only memory, and changing.  The future is hopes and fears.  Take the now with both hands.

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