“God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.”
~ Meister Eckhart
I couldn’t sleep last night. The wind was howling outside my window, so I turned to the RobCast for something to listen to while resting in bed. I wasn’t about to get out of my warm, cosy bed at 5.30 AM, an hour before my cat usually starts hassling me… Boy, was I in for a treat! It was a talk done together with Philip Newell about his book The Rebirthing of God. I must read this book now!
I’m slowly making my way back to church and not entirely without fear and trepidation. I have a meeting with the local vicar scheduled for Monday next week to see if I can rejoin without offending others. One of my biggest fears is that the church will somehow shrink God back down for me, into this obedient and orderly character people like to equally worship and get angry at when he doesn’t grant them their wishes. That is not the god of my inner knowing. That is not the God that gave me the out-of-body experience I was fortunate to have as a child, where I was able to see some of the mysteries of creation that are normally kept behind the veil. Nor is it the God that makes it OK for me to keep piercing the veil with various divinatory practices.
So much of what Philip Newell said was quote-worthy, so you can expect to see more here for daily guidance and inspiration but the one quote that really stuck with me was one from the 1300’s by the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart. As some of you know, I’m big into the female Christian mystics of the middle ages and now it looks like I’ll have to check this guy out too.
This quote made me glad for a couple of reasons: a) it confirmst that the nature of our souls is essentially good and divine (‘original sin’ is an unfortunate addition to Western Theology) and b) it tells us why the dancer in The World card is naked 🙂
Listen deeply and share deeply today, so that we may know God in each other better. Having the courage to share ourselves with others from the heart is the very undressing of things that have been added on. Let’s get naked!
Love and Blessings,