First time I read ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull‘ was back in the 70’s, I thought it was just about physical barriers and breaking through them. I read it again about 10 years later and got a spiritual message from it. That’s progress I guess.
Like all good spiritual books, it is simple, but, of course, being simple it is easily misunderstood. That’s why so many people love it and so many people just don’t rate it.
It was also way ahead of its time, as far as Western spiritual books was concerned, in its message, that being present is the secret, Heaven is perfection and perfection is being present. “You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there”.
We think of ‘perfect’ of being a place, of being a state, but that implies boundaries. Perfection has no boundaries, knows no boundaries. For us humans, whose whole lives are based on and controlled by, boundaries, this is extremely difficult to comprehend. The answer seems to be present – the present has no boundaries. It is everlasting and has no physical boundaries.
Sounds easy and yet we know that many wise people have spent years learning to be present. Spiritual growth is a bit like the book ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’, so simple that we usually just don’t get it.
Practice being present, present in the current moment, each moment. This is something we are going to be hearing a lot of.