Monday, October 19, 2009

The Brink of Disquiet

"In the Kingdom of God--- ; ---all works are equal there, my smallest is my greatest, my greatest as my smallest. -About works in themselves there is something divisive which causes a division in the souls of men, and brings them to the brink of disquiet."
(Meister Eckhart)

"God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason."

"In the faith which is "God's marriage to the soul," you are one in God, and God is wholly in you, just as, for you, God is wholly in all you meet."

"With this faith, in prayer you descend into yourself to meet the Other,in the steadfastness and light of this union, see that all things stand, like yourself, alone before God, and that each of your acts is an act of creation, conscious, because you are a human being with human responsibilities, but governed, nevertheless, by the power beyond human consciousness whichhas created us.

"You are liberated from things, but you encounter in them an experience which has the purity and clarity of revelation.

"In the faith which is "God's marriage to the soul," everything therefore, has a meaning. So live, then, that you may use what has been put into your hand. . . ."

"Only in man has the evolution of the creation reached the point where reality encounters itself in judgment and choice. Outside of man, the creation is neither good nor evil.
Only when you descend into yourself and encounter the Other, do you then experience goodness as the ultimate reality--united and living--in Him and through you."

Hammarskjold, MARKINGS, 4.10.58

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