May 08-B, 2023

Francis Beidler Forest 23 06/23/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Audubon Wildlife Refuge, Harleyville, South Carolina
Meister Eckhart said, 
"The final leave-taking 
is leaving God for God."

The God we leave is the God 
of the doctrines and dogmas,
the creeds and catechisms,
the theologies and the debates,
the sermons and the Sunday school lessons...

The God we leave God for
is the Transcendent reality
beyond all discourse, 
reason and thought,
of which nothing can be said,
and we are left only
with the experience 
of more than words can say.

Leaving Heinrich Zimmer to observe:
"The best things cannot be said
(Because there are no words or thoughts,
only the experience, of being in love,
for example),
and the next best things cannot be understood
(Because we cannot agree on what the words mean),
which leaves us to talk about
the third best things
(News, weather, sports, argument and gossip).
The difference between what can be
thought and said
and what cannot be thought and said,
but only experienced,
is a difference ignored/dismissed
by the vast majority of the world's population.

There is a world, 
a universe,
about which we know nothing,
because we will not stand dumb
before it
and seek to experience
what it might reveal to us
of itself.

I am calling us to know 
that there is that which 
we do not know,
and to stand/sit silent
before it,
inviting it into our presence.

This is the entire cosmos
of the unconscious mind,
available to all 
who will stand/sit
at the brink of the precipice,
on the edge of the void,
reflecting on,
open to,
what is before us,
around us,
within us,
about us
that we do not know.
That is "more than we can
ask, or think, or imagine."

As a recurring meditative exercise
of consciousness before unconsciousness,
to encounter what opens within us
to greet what is beyond us
and see where it goes.


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Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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