Practice: Falling into Grace

How do you fall into Grace? Perhaps we could talk first about why it is, or how it is, that you don’t fall into Grace. Grace is everywhere. In our society, we are taught that it’s not—that it’s something special; that there are x, y, and z ways to get there; that there is not enough Grace to go around.

In truth, this is not even factual. You look at the world around you; you look at the manifest world—how does an apple tree fall into Grace? How is it the evergreens are always green? What is Grace, then? Perhaps we’ve misunderstood what Grace is. The classic definition of Grace, going way back, is “unmerited favor.” It means that there is nothing you can do to be worthy of it. There is nothing you can do to somehow have “ten steps to Grace.” There is no “ten steps to Grace.” Grace is what upholds you with every breath you take. Grace is what allows you to manifest as you do. Look at your hands. Look in the mirror at your eyes. Look down at your feet. All of this is Grace.

Now, the manifest world in general knows Grace very well. Human beings—we want to make everything so complicated. Falling into Grace is a continual allowing of yourself not to need to be judge and jury of everything that is going on around you, but to see Grace in everything that is going on around you. If it appears to be something fun, and that you would put on your Christmas list, that’s Grace. If it appears to be something that is very, very heartbreaking, very difficult—what if you allowed yourself to fall into Grace with that? To take a deep breath and go, “Yes. Grace underlies all the manifest world, and even in this thing.” By definition there must be Grace.

I remember standing at the railing of our back porch some years ago. I was looking at my hands. I thought, “People come to me, and they come with, generally, intense pain of some sort. What I do is, I help them know that Grace is holding the pain.”

And I imagined my hands as the Grace, and the pain right there in the center of the Grace. I was looking at my hands and I thought, “By definition, the reverse must be true: that in the pain, there is also the Grace.” So I looked at my hands, and I saw the pain, and I saw the pain holding the Grace.

To me, this was a wondrous thing. And if in fact this is the way that the Divine does manifest in this world—that everything comes wrapped in Grace in some way—then we learn, if we become just a little bit wise, to fall into Grace quickly.

The hard things will come. They always do. But if our hearts know that everything comes wrapped in Grace, we begin to learn to fall quickly. I tell people, “Don’t hesitate. Fall quickly. Fall quickly.” And in that falling into Grace, you begin to experience yourself as held, and loved, and beautiful in every single way, because Grace fills you, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes, and there is nothing that you need to do to merit it, except to fall.

So fall quickly, and Grace will hold you.

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