Why I Stopped Looking At Heaven When I Pray

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Why I Stopped Looking At Heaven When I Pray

As not many of you know, I have been in a catholic seminary for 6 years. I spent a great deal of my teenage life in the happy community life of seminary. And I love being a Christian, I really do, but I also love learning so much from the Tao Te Ching.

During my spiritual shift – or should I say, my evolution from over religious to becoming truly spiritual – I have heard of the many great wisdom of the ancient book, Tao Te Ching. Until one day, I was just inspired to be on a mailing list where I can receive passages everyday. And so my journey began.

Here’s the verse, and below is my personal reflection.

The tao that can be described
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be spoken
is not the eternal Name.

The nameless is the boundary of Heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of creation.

Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery.
By having desire, you can only see what is visibly real.

Yet mystery and reality
emerge from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness born from darkness.
The beginning of all understanding.

My Reflection:

The desire to know, understand, grasp, and hold God has been the journey of my younger years in life. (I always pray looking up into the heavens!) Slowly, and slowly, I feel that doing so alienates me from God. That I have made Him into a form – a form separate from me. My transformation began when finally I realized God is within me all these time.

And now, I pray looking inside my heart.


Live in Love,




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hanzstHanz Florentino is the founder of Studio Inspiro, a filmmaker, a story teller, a lover and a student of life.View all posts by hanzst →

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