Treasure Hunting

Sometimes, our persistent curiosity opens our eyes in ways we don’t expect!

          During the lockdown of 2o2o, I went deep diving for a magnificent treasure. I believed this treasure lived outside of me. Not only that, but I believed I needed another human to lead me to it. Maybe some of you ventured out on a similar treasure hunt in your life.

          Christian mysticism and contemplation paved the path. A great variety of different spiritual modalities lined the path. Their branches ladened with fruits, ripe for picking. I plucked the fruit and enjoyed the various juicy delights found inside.

           Angels surrounded me and helped me soar to new spiritual heights. This bird’s-eye view allowed me to hear the symphony the Divine created from the various heart songs of the faithful.

          I continued to float upon the sound waves, accepting the puzzle pieces offered by each tree I studied. Still, the peace and contentment I searched for eluded me. All the human leaders turned out to be flawed, just like me.

          That brought to mind that Jesus didn’t have a degree. What did he have? He had the knowledge and understanding of his loving connection with God. This led me to think of 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 from the Christian Bible.

I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture. But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face. In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God. 13 But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love. [The Voice]

          Recently, I found my treasure, right where my creator left it. My treasure became real to me when I realized that LOVE is the greatest treasure ever found. The embers of Divine love exist inside each of us. Those simmering coals lay dormant until we make the spiritual connection to stir them into a flame. This flame causes us to want to share that love with others, even those we don’t agree with all the time. This love gives us the strength to work for justice for all.