I am beguiled by the writings of Cynthia Bourgeault on Wisdom and the Trinity. She uses the image of the Trinity as a water wheel that flows and spills over into each other: The Father, to Son, The Son to the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit out of this flow, creates a new thing.
Meister Eckhart says do you want to know what the Trinity is:” The Father laughs and creates the Son, the Son laughs and creates the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit laughs and creates us.” Out of the three a new and creative fourth comes into being.
To Love God, love neighbor and to love yourself are another triad. It is a perfect triad of compassion, love flowing and spilling over from one full heart to the other, in the beginning flowing from within the water wheel trinity from self to the neighbor to God and back again in various constellations.
So since this summary of the law is common to most religions, what has happened that we are in conflict with each other? From a threefold understanding of the whole foundation of the law it makes absolutely no sense that there should be hate and misunderstanding. Instead there should be a flow of conversation, listening, exploration into the present reality, a heart opening seeking of solutions to all that separates from each other, from ourselves and from God. The longest or the shortest journey to be travelled is the eighteen inches between the head and the heart. It seems to me the goal is to shorten the trip.
At least for Jews, Christians and Muslims and I suspect for other Eastern religions, we are like the three or four blind men who try to describe an elephant by one touching the trunk, the other the tusk, the other the leg, another the tail. We alone, without connection to this trinity of compassion can’t see the whole picture. And the whole picture at root is love. From this love and really, I think, only from this love and compassion and mercy, can there ever be any solution to the divisions that haunt our days and dreams.
We don’t get it that God is love, not just for me, but for all of us, all living things and even the rocks cry out that there is life here, treasure to be discovered. Sometimes we take ourselves and our little minds much too seriously. As Richard Rohr remarks in his book The Naked Now, when “Jesus said, ‘I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ (John 14:6). I think the intended effect of that often misused line is this: If Jesus is the Truth, then you probably aren’t.”
For now and maybe for always, I’m trying to let my being right give way to the flow of creative love and compassion. Don’t know why I’ve waited so long to live fully and non-defensively into this truth. Blessings to you all and to all beings.