Today I had another relaxing session on the Crystal Bed. Even though my mind drifted into a dream-like state, I could not let go of thoughts about the material world. As much as we might want to live in Dream Land, we also have to deal with the stuff of this world in which we live.
For example, we have to keep machinery running -- maintain it, oil it, repair it. This applies to our bodies, our automobiles, our computer systems and the buildings where we spend most of our time.
Someone once said that the goal of life is to make order out of chaos. Which is certainly one way to look at it. Keeping order -- and keeping all of our machines running -- does take a lot of our time and energy.
Most people who are spiritual and or idealistic find this a nuisance. Wouldn't it be nice if we could live in a glorious spiritual world without having to worry about the humdrum concerns we face every day?
But that's not "the way it is." Life in the material world is what it is, and we have to deal with it. Somehow, along with all the work we need to do for spiritual growth we also have to find the time to keep the machinery running.
If we don't do that we won't have buildings where our churches meet and where our schools hold classes. We won't have a lot of other things we need also.
Even though the spirit is where "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28) our activities take place on Planet Earth. The more time I spent on the Crystal Bed the more it seemed I was able to live in both worlds simultaneously. Perhaps this is the lesson I am supposed to learn in this lifetime.