LAW OF THREE (58)
SIN AND THE LAW OF THREE
"Sin comes from a Greek word meaning to miss the mark, 'a term from the art of archery' What does missing the mark actually involve? It presupposes a target, which is called the bull's eye. A bow is the means by which the archer tries to launch the arrow into the centre of the target. The purpose of the art of archery is to hit the target every time or to get as closed to doing so as possible." Thomas Keating. Heartfullness.
In the same context Thomas Keating says: 'The psychological experience of a separate self sense is the root of all sin; get rid of that and there won't be any more sin."
From the perspective of the Law of Three, sin is a dual experiencein which the presence of the 3rd or reconciling force within is not felt.
In Archery, when the archer, the arrow, and the target are in perfect alignement they become a unity. In this configuration the target does not exist as a separate entity: the target , as it were, enters creation when the archer is united with the target and the felt sense of separation no longer exists.**
Is the bull's eye everywhere? ? Last week in a Champions League football match Messi scored what seemed an impossiblegoal, seen from a dual perspective. One spectator commented that it was as if the target (the goal post) hadmovedto receive the ball.
Nearly three thousand years ago the 'omnipresence' of the bull's eye is explained in the Mahabharata (sanskrit epic of ancient India)
"Dronacharya organised an archery competition to test the skills of his pupils. He kept a small wooden bird on a tree at a distance. He asked all the pupils to take aim at the wooden bird's eye. To every pupil he asked the question:'What do you see?
Each disciple replied the same: I can see the bird, leaves, fruits, sky, etc. Dronacharya's anwer was: 'put down the bow and leave.'
The last one to be asked was Arjuna. Dronacharya asked him: 'what do you see?' He answered 'I can only see the eye of the bird', Dronacharya kept asking him if he could see other things but Arjuna replied 'No teacher I can see nothing other than the eye of the bird' Dronacharya, happy with Arjuna's response told him to shoot. The arrow sprang from the bow and went straight into the bird's eye."
No doubt, at the moment of kicking the ball all that Messi could see was the target.
**I am in God and God is in Me.