A real, genuine, legitimate scripture is a description of God, a description of an experience that is at the same time grounded, as it soars. It pierces the ego’s fearful armor and goes straight to your heart. It soothes, comforts and heals.
As you read the inspiring verses in this book, you will feel good feelings. And when you do, stop. Close the book, close your eyes, and savor the goodness for as long as you can. Let it fill you. Enjoy every taste of the divine.
A real scripture conveys confidence, not fear. It is truly loving, not intimidating. It does not make you feel incomplete but confirms that you are whole. It does not make you feel left out; it lets you know that you belong. It assures you that you are safe in the warm embrace of the divine. It invites you to rest deeper and deeper in the peace that passes all understanding.
A real scripture is not a list of rules and regulations. It is neither a genealogy, a history, nor an etiquette book. It neither contains recipes nor features heroes. It does not scold, warn or threaten; beg, plead or implore. A real scripture is not some or all of that plus a few pleasantries scattered here and there with a cursory nod at God. Merely mentioning God does not make a writing a scripture.
A real scripture makes it clear that you can know the same God that all the great saints and sages have adored and celebrated. It assures you that the presence of God goes with you always, wherever you go. It reminds you that you are loved, all the day long. God is omnipresent and God is love — so is there anywhere love is not?
Close your eyes right now and notice. Something powerful, compelling, impossible to resist, is gently breathing you, moving you, massaging you. Your shoulders, rib cage, abdomen — all are moving in the rhythm of your breathing.
Stop for a few moments and notice the inbreathings and outbreathings of the Holy Spirit or Holy Breath. Make no mistake — every breath you take is a gift of love and is unmistakable evidence of the presence of God within you. You are never, ever alone.