Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbilical cord has not yet been cut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Notice that life is what forms the various bodies, small and large. Life guides the transformation of one bodily form in to another, such as a caterpillar in to a butterfly or a baby in to a full grown adult or a seed in to a tree
My prophet Jesus
taught about a mustard seed
which can only grow in to a mustard tree. Within every branch of the mustard tree, life is present. The tree is within every branch. Life is within every vine and every tree and every body.
In fact, there is no mustard tree independent of life and also there is no living body independent of life. Before a particular mustard tree is formed by life, life is present. Before a new species of plant or animal is first formed by life, life is present. Each organism or body has no life except for the life that was already present before the forming of that temporary form by life. Further, during and after any particular form, such as a two foot tall body or a four foot tall body, life is still present for life itself is eternal.
infant (Photo credit: soupboy)
You may identify yourself as merely a temporary mortal form. That is an innocent mistake which can be labeled a sin. Labels are just categories in language, so relax. You are already the eternal life
that forms bodies and species and categories and symbolic code words
and language and perception.
Using language, you may identify yourself as a temporary mortal form. You could say words such as “I am only a caterpillar, so when the butterfly is born, I will die.” You could say any words you say.
Italiano: Camaleonte del Madagascar, fotografato sull’Isola di Nosy-Be (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The identification with a particular mortal form must end for the presence of Eternal Life to be experienced. Note that there is no special method for ending the activity of identifying with a particular mortal form, which is merely a spoken phrase in language.
How does life stop saying “I am only a particular mortal form?” Say nothing at all. Say anything else. If you recognize that the words are just words, then even saying “I am only a particular mortal form” has no particular importance, similar to saying “I am isolated in that tree over there” or “I was once a small baby in a past life, but that baby has died and now I am 6 years old. Soon the 6 year-old will die and a 7 year-old will begin, replacing the dead
Be reborn now as Eternal Life. Or instead remain as life identifying itself as a specific mortal form, perhaps struggling to rejoin a distant God
or earn a way in to a distant heaven to escape from a hell of eternal punishment
which you may claim to deserve for an original sin that you plagiarized without permission from someone who may have told you that this particular sin is both unforgivable yet already forgiven by the mercy of God.
You can never earn forgiveness, such as by good works or by saying prayers. You can only claim to be condemned or stop claiming to be condemned.
You are not a particular body of a baby or a particular body of an adult. You are the Eternal Life which formed those temporary forms.
Before those bodies were formed, Eternal Life is present. As those bodies form and transform, Eternal Life is present. When those particular bodies are only ancient fossils, Eternal Life is present.
Eternal Life is like a tree which grows many branches and each branch grows many fruits season after season. The body of a particular fruit forms and then falls from the tree and decays. When a piece of fruit falls from the tree of Eternal Life, does that kill the branch or the whole tree of Eternal Life?
When a body forms in a human womb and is born and the chord is broken from the body of the mother, what happens to the life of the infant? Life is present before and after the instant of the breaking of the chord, right? What ends when the connection of the chord ends? Only the connection of the chord ends.
English: Fountain of Eternal Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Life is eternal. The connection of the chord was never an isolated life. The connection of the chord never really lives and never really dies. However, language can be formed by life saying “I am just an isolated umbilical chord
. Eventually, I will die. Now, I must struggle anxiously to survive. I must desperately earn my way in to heaven before it is too late.”
Life is inherently eternal. Each piece of fruit and each bodily form is inherently mortal.
Do you claim to be an umbilical chord or only an isolated branch that has no relationship to any seed or any trunk? Do you claim to be a body isolated from life or do you claim to be one isolated life within a particular body or could you be the Eternal Life which forms all bodies, all branches, all forms- and which lives within them and through them?
In the absence of the activity of language, is Eternal Life present already or is there some isolated identity which is figuring out how to eventually become alive, how to attain Eternal Life, how to get in to heaven, insisting that because of some great tragedy or shame or injustice or sin in the past, one can not already be here? What have you been claiming that you need to do first as a priority before experiencing the heavenly kingdom of Eternal Life now?
How does life stop saying “I am only a particular mortal form?” Say nothing at all. Say anything else. If you recognize that the words are just words, then even saying “I am only a particular mortal form” has no particular importance, similar to saying “I am isolated in that tree over there” or “I was once a small baby in a past life, but that baby has died and now I am 6 years old. Soon the 6 year-old will die and a 7 year-old will begin, replacing the dead 6 year-old.”