I already know the answer

Remembering a conversation with Ed long ago. He seemed so wise. We were sitting having coffee and I was asking him some question clearly beyond his knowledge and experience, some trivial thing that was consuming me with pain at the time. Who knows what it was.

He made an amazing statement. “I don’t have any of the answers for you. You already have the answer within you. My responsibility is to just talk to you until the answer within you reveals itself to you.”

Or words to that effect. I don’t remember exactly how he put it.

But what a powerful idea. The inspiring humility that it encapsulates. This, in its own way, is Ed putting the carpenter’s words into real life, right in front of me.

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”

For me, I hope to emulate Ed. I’m not the smart guy. I don’t have the answers. My fellow human has the inner core of divinity. The Kingdom of God is within. Help that person, if he wants help, to find that inner answer.

For me, when I am troubled, remember that the Kingdom of God is within. I have the answer inside. Externals will not solve the problem. The solution is inside.

As Anderson would say, it’s not enough to say “Turn to God.” We must have human help to do this.

It also tickles me that the Stone Roses learned this lesson.

How many times will I have to tell you
You don’t have to wait to die
You can have it all, any time you want it
Yeah, the kingdom’s all inside

Breaking Into Heaven.