Getting Out of the Way

Jerusalem Surge

How do we do that?

“St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas both said that being and goodness are the same thing. In fact, if we can get back to the level of pure being, we experience profound goodness. That’s the contemplative stance. That’s the perspective of the Kingdom. That’s the Original Blessing. Jesus recognized the Kingdom because he lived out of that contemplative center.

Many other forms of prayer we’ve been taught require thinking thoughts or saying and reading words. I’m not saying they’re bad; they’re obviously good. But we can do all of the above, think thoughts about Jesus and Mary, read the psalms or recite memorized prayer without transforming our consciousness. We do it in the old system. The ego is still in charge. It may not be conscious, but we think, “I’m the center of the world. I have my feelings. I have my opinions and I, in this hardened silo, will now think about Jesus.”

Guess what? Nothing will change.

The egg hasn’t been cracked. The illusion is intact. When we talk about contemplative prayer, we’re not talking about thinking about Jesus inside your old system, but about a transformation of consciousness where you move to a new place beyond over-identification with the ego, beyond identification with the privatized, separate self. That’s a true and lasting revolution.”

(Richard Rohr, from Preparing for Christmas)

So, this is very close to what someone else said yesterday, that  it’s not so much about what is lost, as much as it is what is gained. It’s about saying amen to the Body of Christ, both that which we receive, and that which we become.

Help me to get out of the way.

Handel: And the Glory of the Lord (Messiah)

Be well, and at peace,

Phil

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2 Comments on “Getting Out of the Way”

  1. contoveros Says:

    “Help “me” get out of the way.”

    You don’t need a book, scripture or dharma, or any outside influence to get the “I” out of a connection with the “Divine.” I sit and reach for love, compassion and forgiveness and melt into the Grace of God.

    Can’t do anything but good at that point.

    michael j

    Conshohocken, PA USA

  2. contoveros Says:

    This passage above is more beautiful the second reading I make . . .

    michael j


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