Pleasure and pain seem to be a part of life. It is inevitable that every individual will have moments of spontaneous joy and moments of unspeakable pain. Yet, pursuing pleasure or avoiding pain as a “guide to life,” leads to an unfulfilled existence.
Pleasure and pain are life experiences, but they are not the truth of being – and the endeavor to pursue, or avoid them place our attention into the future with the fantasy that there will be “pleasure” or the cessation of “pain.” But, the future never arrives. And the present remains hungry.
Our capacity to be attentive is a great gift of life. Life experiences follow our attention. To give attention to a future fantasy leaves a void in the present moment. This emptiness is experienced as dissatisfaction.
To be attentive to the truth of ones being brings with it the awareness of the source from which existence flows and our oneness with it. This is peace. A peace we are assured of, as it is infinite. And we are grateful for being aware of the love that is so freely available. This awareness is PAGL (Peace, Assurance, Gratitude, Love) – the human awareness of the presence of God.
The “narrow gate” is a phrase used by Jesus to describe the path of attention to full awareness of our Oneness with the All that Is and he juxtaposed it to the “broad way” of existing solely within the human condition that is compelled by social norms, cultural conditioning, current fads and fears.
The “narrow gate” is actually the infinite way to be exactly what we are created to be and not what we want or pretend to be.
The image of the “narrow gate” points to the fact that it is easy to miss the truth of our being. We need to seek it, love it, and be fully attentive to living in it.
It’s good to know that the “narrow gate” is the backdrop of our being, and at any moment when the futility of the “broad way” is seen, we can find ourselves in front of the narrow gate – the glorious infinite joy that far outshines any material or sensual pleasure.