One day, a local peasant came to see the great master, Ramana Maharshi. The man’s young son had just died and he was distraught. After the peasant tearfully told his story, Ramana was silent for around 15 minutes. Then he said, just four words, “What is…is God.” The man left feeling consoled.
Lately, I’ve been blessed to have a deeper understanding of those four words. I’ve had a more consistent sense of the “isness” that is always present, no matter what the circumstances. This is not just a concept; it can be felt with the heart.
Earlier in my spiritual journey, I related to God as an all-powerful, all knowing Father who ran the show from a place way beyond where I was hanging out. Now, I experience God more as the underlying essence that is in everyone and everything.
Our moment-to-moment state of mind depends largely on our relationship with what is. When we accept what is, we are at peace. When we’re at war with what is, we’re in conflict.
Being more consistently of the unchanging essence underlying all that changes, I have gained a more stable sense of wellbeing.
Jesus advised us to build our house on the rock (what’s unchanging) rather than the sand (what comes and goes). God/”isness” is the rock.
Lately, I’ve been having fun with the phrase “I’m in the ‘what is biz.’”
When you think about it, that’s really the only business to be in. I certainly don’t want to be in the “what was,” “the what might be,” or “the woulda/coulda/shoulda been” biz.
I invite all of you to join me in deepening our commitment to the “what is biz.” This is the one business that’s guaranteed to pay off in terms of abiding happiness and freedom.