The streets are as fine a school as any in the country and is where I regained a strong faith in God and came to understand he loved me just as I was. I was, at that point, a stinky, overweight, shaggy hobo of a man.
The streets are also where I got in touch, again, with the mystical. The spring of my last year I started writing what I call Hobo Metaphysics.
One fine summers day I was laying on an out of the way sidewalk, taking a break from the sun. I dozed off for a bit and when I came back around I had this metaphysic lodged in my mind: What you believe is true, is true. So if you must have beliefs make it just two, a belief in God and a belief in you.
Later a man from India bought me some food and we talked for a while and I ended up sharing that metaphysic with him. He said he liked it, but added, his tradition believes that God and man are really one. Christ says the same thing. …”I am in the father and the father is in me.” So I ended up adding this line to the hoboism: until the differences between you are through.
As we grow our mind forms structures or beliefs based on our interactions, with family, friends and the world at large. These beliefs actually help form how we see the world and are often hard to change once they become established.
A friend of mine went almost an entire year afraid of his second grade teacher, simply because he thought all men were mean. Later after some time he was able to change that belief, because the teacher was consistently kind to him.
That is why this metaphysic implies beliefs are something not to put that much stock in. It is like the flat earth society, holding on to an idea that could not possibly be true. Who knows in the future, we may learn that the whole thing is an illusion and they only thing that really exists is God’s love, and that is what we are walking around in. Christ, ahead of his time and all time understood that, how do you think he walked on water?
So in every situation where you are absolutely positively right, think again; you may actually learn something new.
Homeless people carry a lot of false beliefs: that they are no good rotten scum, that you can’t trust anybody, that the world is a very unsafe place. You may even secretly believe that yourself. It ain’t true.
You can find God’s love by letting go of beliefs. Once you find that love, spread it and spread it lavishly on the homeless and over time they may come to see the world as it truly is: A safe place, a creative place, a place to be joyful.
I love you with everything that I have. That is my motto, my mantra and the truth of things. Be silly today folks and every day really, it will take your mind off of having to be right all the time.
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