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A fast is really training

Jesus, [when he went into the desert for 40 days of fasting after his baptism]…was actually “leaning out” his nourishment at the physical level so that his heart would be able to listen more deeply and his subtle energetic body might feast directly on the flesh and blood of the divine Word stirring to life within him. He was fine-tuning his instrument so that he would be able to catch the more subtle drift of what was awaiting him up ahead.

A fast is really training – exactly like athletic training- so that our whole embodied being can be tuned up to support a spiritual aim we wish to achieve… our physical capacity to be available to truth at a subtle and much more intense level.

~ from The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, pp. 126, 136

A Point of Nothingness

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 disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us. It is so to speak His name written in us, as our poverty, as our indigence, as our dependence, as our sonship. It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billion points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely.

~Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 158

Art thou in the darkness?

Art thou in the darkness? Mind it not, for if thou dost it will feed thee more. But stand still, and act not, and wait in patience till light arises out of darkness and leads thee.

~ James Naylor, Quaker mystic

As your being increases

As your being increases, your receptivity to higher meaning increases; as your being decreases, the old meanings return.

~ Maurice Nicoll, Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Ouspensky and Gurdjieff

Authentic Spiritual Experience

He who aspires to authentic spiritual experiences never confounds the intensity of the experience undergone with the truth that is revealed. [He does not regard the force of impact as a criterion of its authenticity and truth.]

~ by Valentin Tomberg in Meditations on the Tarot

Christ will storm the hell in you

Here, now is the right time to wrestle before the divine presence. If you stand firm, if you do not bend, you will see and perceive great wonders. You will discover how Christ will storm the hell in you and will break your beasts.

~ Jacob Boehme, The Way to Christ

Crimson gleams of matter

“Crimson gleams of matter, gliding imperceptibly into the gold of Spirit, ultimately to become transformed into the incandescence of a Universe that is Person — and through all this there blows animating it and spreading over it, a fragrant balm, a zephyr of Union — and of the Feminine.”

~ from The Heart of Matter, Introduction

Listen to Elizabeth Comb’s chant from this quote.

Detaching the sense of identity from the descriptions of yourself

The first task, clearly, is to detach the sense of identity from the descriptions of yourself. This does not mean to find another description that would be the correct one. It means to realize there is no description of you.

~ Beatrice Bruteau, Prayer and Identity

Enduring the tedium

You have to endure the tedium until something gradually emerges in it.

~ Br. Raphael Robin


Don’t correct back to positivity if what you want is equanimity.

~ Cynthia Bourgeault

Faith is a continual inner effort

Faith is a continual inner effort, a continual altering of the mind, of the habitual ways of thought, of the habitual ways of taking everything, of habitual reactions.

~ Maurice Nicoll, The New Man

Faith, hope and love

Faith of Consciousness is freedom
Faith of feeling is weakness
Faith of body is stupidity

Love of consciousness evokes the same in response
Love of feeling evokes the opposite
Love of Body depends on type and polarity

Hope of consciousness is strength
Hope of feeling is slavery
Hope of body is disease”

~ G.I. Gurdjieff, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson

Freedom to be

Freedom to be your ego is not freedom.

~ A. H. Almaas

Give over thine own willing

Give over thine own willing, give over thine own running, give over thine own desiring to know or be anything, and sink down to the seed which God sows in thy heart and let that be in thee and grow in thee and breathe in thee and act in thee, and thou shalt find by sweet experience that the Lord knows that and loves and owns that, and will lead it to the inheritance of life which is God’s portion.

~ Isaac Penington, Quaker mystic

God is the unity

At this point in my thinking, it is not enough for me to proclaim that God is responsible for all this unity. Instead, I want to proclaim that God is the unity—the very intelligence, the very energy, the very intelligence, the very elegance and passion that make it all go.

~ Barbara Brown Taylor, The Luminous Web

God is the web

Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside my skin and out. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light—not captured in them, as if any of those concepts were more real than what unites them—but revealed in that singular, vast net of relationships that animates everything that is.

~ Barbara Brown Taylor, The Luminous Web

God wills and works in the resigned will

God wills and works in the resigned will, by which the soul is made holy and comes to rest. When the body breaks up, the soul is pressed through with divine love and is illuminated with God’s light as fire glows through iron by which it loses its darkness.

~ Jacob Boehme, The Way to Christ

Heading Out

Beyond here there’s no map.
How you get there is where
you’ll arrive: how, dawn by
dawn, you can see your way
clear: in ponds, sky, just as
woods you walk through give
to fields. And rivers: beyond
all burning, you’ll cross on bridges
you’ve long lugged with you.
Whatever your route, go lightly,
toward light. Once you give away
all save necessity, all’s
mostly well: what you used to
believe you owned is nothing,
nothing beside how you’ve come
to feel. You’ve no need now
to give in or give out: the way
you’re going your body seems
willing. Slowly as it may
otherwise tell you, whatever
it comes to you’re bound to know.

~Philip Booth, “Heading Out”

How to pray

I pray for you by living the life.

~ Raphael Robin

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