Friday, September 06, 2013

Wake Up to Presence

Sorry for my long absence on the blog. The Lord is doing many deep things that I just don’t have words for yet. Still trying to pray them into the grind of daily life, then maybe I can talk about them!

In the meantime, these words from Richard Rohr stirred my soul today.

“I promise you that the discovery of your True Self will feel like a thousand pounds of weight have fallen from your back. You will no longer have to build, protect, or promote any idealized self-image. Living in the True Self is quite simply a much happier existence, even though we never live there a full twenty-four hours a day. But you henceforth have it as a place to always go back to. You have finally discovered the alternative to your False Self.

You are like Jacob awakening from sleep and joining the chorus of mystics in every age. “You were here all along, and I never knew it!” he says (Genesis 28:16). He “anoints the stone pillow where this happened, and names Bethel or the house of God and gate of heaven” (28:17-18). Jacob then carries the presence with him wherever he goes. What was first only there is soon everywhere. The gate of heaven is first of all in one concrete place, better if carried with you, and best when found everywhere. That is the progression of the spiritual life.”

Adapted from Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self, pp. 7-8

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