A refuge is a safe place—a place where no harm comes. And it is available here and now for us all.
We only need to turn towards it.
True refuge isn’t found in the outer world. It is not found within anything formed—not person, place or thing. As Jesus taught, either rust or moth will consume all worldly treasures.
All formed matter is temporary—not a safe refuge. This includes concepts, ideas that we hold dear as they are formed. They have a shape; we can “see” them.
All form is impermanent.
On the other hand refuge is a place of safety that nothing can destroy. It is in the formless dimension. It is totally trustable to save us from the despair and suffering when people, places and things leave us—when even our body seems to turn against us.
We can only find this safety as we surrender our clinging and grasping to what we thought would keep us safe. True relief comes as we let go and open to that which is higher and greater than anything we can know. It’s called the unknown. It is filled with possibilities that we know nothing about it.
We only know what we can sense—what we have been clinging to with all our might—thinking we might die without it.
Our true refuge is in the unknown—in nature as it unfolds in due season. It is the nature of the world to evolve—to become kinder and more conscious of all those around us—to help take care of each other and the planet we live on. All this takes time. Time and patience.
The Universal energy that flows through each of us all the time is our refuge in times of trouble. It is invisible and intangible. It goes as unnoticed as the air we are breathing.
We are off the path when we seek happiness by the accumulation of “stuff” or thinking we can will bodies not to die. For there is no refuge here.
I invite each of us to take refuge in that which is not physical nor formed. It is formless and it flows. It is what is here and now and all around and within us.
Two phrases I use to help remember my true refuge are:
May I take refuge in the calm.
May I take refuge in the unknown.
As I use these phrases over and over I begin to sense peace in my heart. I begin to trust what I can’t see or taste or feel. Something new wants to happen—to evolve. I desire to open to it—to allow the new to be birthed. I become a part of something greater than this small self in which I have lived for so long.
This is release from the chains that bind! It is a refuge.
There are no outer rules. There is only intention and commitment. When we practice daily phrases that bring peace of mind, moment by moment, we find relief. We begin to sense the peace that passes all understanding.
In peace and love,