“Self” functions as the holder (possessor) of the grounding concept of “God” (in word) as opposed to a pattern of being that emerges from the groundless Ground of “God” (underlying experience) “Self” demands certainty, sometimes at the cost of authenticity — thus, we live with the belief that God is someTHING to obtain or acquire […]Read more "A central problem of theology"
We are all separate servants of God from one point of view [Transcendent Father-YHWH]; We are all a part of God from one point of view [Immanent Mother-Spirit]; We are all one with (but not equal to) God from one point of view [Awakened Child-Logos]. But all of these are mere “points of view”: views from one point. […]Read more "The Mystery of Non-Dual Trinitatianism (Advaita Christianity)"
The life of suffering and the Kingdom of Heaven are both pitchers of water; They both are broken with a constant and flowing leak. They both are the same, in fact; One pitcher: broken, leaking. At once exhausting and endlessly fulfilling; Being emptied is pain and satisfaction; The pouring-out balanced with a pouring-in; An unseen […]Read more "“Holy” Pitcher"
THE LITTLE DUCK By Donald C. Babcock Now we are ready to look at something pretty special. It is a duck riding the ocean a hundred feet beyond the surf. No, it isn’t a gull. A gull always has a raucous touch about him. This is some sort of duck, and he cuddles in the […]Read more "Ducks and Russians"
“At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposed our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind […]Read more "Let’s Hear it for Thomas Merton…"
Isaiah 40:6-8 “6 All flesh is grass,And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”Read more "Anicca "
“Pleasure of the senses is emptiness ever filling itself, Yet remaining ever empty. Pleasure of the soul is fullness ever emptying itself, Yet remaining ever full.” -Heiromonk Damascene (“Christ The Eternal Tao” Part I ch 64 p184) “The spirit is made blind by these three passions: avarice, self-esteem, and sensual pleasure. These three passions on […]Read more "Pleasure of the senses and Pleasure of the soul (worldly and unworldly pleasant feeling)"