Everything in the Universe as we know it is comprised of the same two foundational components: atoms and matter.
Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.
– Genesis 4:1
What Does it Mean to be Yoked?
A yoke is a tool for labor, made of wood — a device for joining together a pair of draft animals, especially oxen, usually consisting of a crosspiece with two bow-shaped pieces, each enclosing the head of an animal. For people of old, they knew a yoke to be a wooden frame with two buckets on the end that they would carry to get provisions (probably a very long distance away); a yoke requires two people or two animals. Now that we have all the creature comforts of modern day society, we understand yoking in a different way. We know yoking to mean union, connection, a bond between two or more forces.
Yoking: A Cosmic Perspective.
“Well what’s the number one molecule in the body? It’s water. But what’s water made of? H-2-O. Hydrogen and oxygen. Hmm. Hydrogen and oxygen.
So, number one in the human body is hydrogen. Matches the universe. Number two? Is oxygen. Matches the universe. Number 3? Carbon. Matches the universe. Number 4? Nitrogen. Matches the universe. And for each of us the fifth element- other- is the same in both places. Ok? Other.
So, we learned in the last 50 years that, of course, not only do we exist in this universe, it is the universe itself that exists within us.
But there are people who are upset by that fact, saying that well does that mean we’re not special? Well, I think it’s special in another kind of way. Because when you look up at the night sky, it’s no longer we’re here and that’s there, it’s that we are part of that.
And that association, for me, is actually quite enlightening and enobling and enriching. Like it’s almost spiritual. Looking up at the night sky and finding a sense of belonging…given what we’ve learned about the night sky.”
-Neil DeGrasse Tyson
There is no escaping the truth that we are all one, bonded by water, spirit, blood, atoms, eves, matter, and sometimes a little mirth.
This inherent truth is the same one that we have been tripping over since the time that one of us decided to kill the other.
If we have made the decision that the world is comprised of “Us and Them” we no longer make ourselves available to the mastery of God; more of life becomes a mystery, but not the kind of mystery that causes us to look up at the stars and say, Thank you God, it is the kind of mystery that makes us say Where are you God? How could you do this to me?
This same oppositional energy has been labeled as evil, for it is antithetical to the intentions of oneness by our Holy One. Knowing this, we still fight to obtain a seat on the throne, or to overthrow the balance of the universe to be the most-high human, a last man standing; not only is it in our nature to survive, it is also in our nature to be the fittest, the best, the one who didn’t need to sacrifice to become all-powerful. This mode of thinking places all of us in a painfully compromising position.
Where have we seen this archetype over and over again? What has that archetype done to our human family?
This is what the Lord says: You are not to march up and fight against your brothers…
-2nd Chronicles 9:21.
Today my intention is to align myself on the path of Non-violence and non-harming. Burnt offerings, blood sacrifices, and exterminating people (be it in your mind, in your politics, or in extremism) is not the way. War is not the answer. Violence does not help. However this is what some of us believe is the object of God’s desire because we have not been equally yoked to Christ; we have not understood the promise of his Good News and we have not acted in the interests of the Kingdom of Heaven that is within us. The Kingdom of Heaven is hidden away like a precious pearl in the heart of a clam shell, right here on Earth, so close to us that we don’t even recognize it when we feel it whirl our atoms and personal matters into a gust of sweet joy.
We are rewards based, we expect results. Our yoke is usually bonded with a desire to have it easy (which means someone else has to suffer). This limiting belief causes us to look at all others with a jaundiced eye and see how we are different from them. This causes us to devise ways to exploit such differences. But the Kingdom of heaven is at hand – your hand. His hand, that dog’s hand, that killer’s hand, that queen’s hand, and that thief’s hand:
The Hijabi Muslim woman? Yep. Beautiful.
That young transsexual boy? Of course, made of the same stuff you are.
Nerds who play dungeons and dragons? Sho-nuff. My son is one of them.
Satanists? Uh-huh. Some of my dearest friends!
Women? We are a central force of creation, right? Then YES. Ladies put your arms out for all those that reject us, let us love them as Christ taught us. Love is the only useful teaching reinforcement.
Jews? See Jesus of Nazareth.
Blacks? Our lives Matter just like all of yours.
Latinos? Los Latinos eres todos los seres humanos. Nosotros todos Latinos.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
-1 Corinthians 12:12-30
We don’t get to decide who or what is in the Kingdom of Heaven, how it is made or even the elements of which it is comprised. That blueprint has already been decided and we are privileged enough by being chosen at this very moment in time to have a presence here. We were actually thought of when the big bang expanded God’s plan across the great unknown canvas.
We are all here to work out our “salvation,” meaning the preservation on the Holy Spirit within us, in different ways. Don’t get tripped up by labels and differences. Don’t be bamboozled out of your birthright, you cosmic child of God!
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
The Yoga of Christ.
Yoga: The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline.
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jesus’s burden is light, he says. Huh? This is the part where I look up at him like a school girl and say “Wow Jesus, you are so strong.” And he just shrugs his shoulders, flashes a casual smile, and slings that yoke over his back. He has the heaviness of humanity on one side and I have my little world of selfishness on the other. We clasp hands, and my soul tremors as we walk to fetch the water of Life.
The Rejection Results.
The moment we reject the idea of diversity in all forms is the moment we imbalance the sacred yoking between Jesus and ourselves. The repercussions? Our burdens become heavy, we fail to see him and it prolongs the suffering in the world. It is as if we are scourging him ourselves, sustaining his agony on Calvary, while he extends us grace and forgiveness.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
– Luke 23-34
I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I want to gamble away when it comes to my relationship with precious Jesus, the ultimate activist for our right to be flawed.
At the height of His suffering, Jesus asked, My God, my God why have you forsaken me? This question pierces through the veil of space-time. Jesus was looking at our state of affairs right now, taking on all burden, because, well the story ends in victory. In celebration and gratitude, let us practice non-violence and non-harming together, as one.
Let us not become prey to the thought that since we are just one person that we do not affect our whole entire human family, the entirety of the body of Christ. That sentiment is at the very least naïve and at the very most malevolently lazy.
One person is all people. If one of us dies, we all die; if one of us succeeds we all succeed. We are in sacred union with one another no matter where we are in the world, what form of matter we assume. We are the Sun, The Son, the wood, the cross, the molten core of the earth, the mountains, we are the light and the darkness; we are the ancient starlight over Gethsemane.