Knowingly or unknowingly, we live a faith filled life.
The plumb line cannot measure the depths of mystery in which we exist.
As children and in some cultures – mystery, the unseen and the life of spirit are the context of our experience. Reality is, we are each part of something beyond ourselves and our comprehension. We swim in the unknown.
“The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore, but to be in the lake. To luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out; it is an experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept mystery. “Quote from the character John Keats in the movie "Bright Star".
This quote speaks to me of our choices in our attitudes particularly to our spiritual life. Do we want to grab and capture everything, name it, define it and somehow be in control of it? Is our approach to mystery one of conquest as we seek to taste the mystery ?
There is a wry paradox in trying to explain or detail the eternal ever present mystery. It seems so deficient that we should trade the magnitude of the wonder of the unknowable for a set answers of history, science or doctrine.
Rarefied are the species who wait expectantly on faith and providence – or enter the realms of the intangible. Yet countless scientiests, spiritual wayfarers, contemplatitives and creatives attest to the reality and fullness of a spirit led life.
The mind is but a visitor;
it thinks us out of our world.
Each mind fabricates itself.
We sense it limits, for we have made them.
And just when we would flee them, you come
and make of yourself an offering.
I don’t want to think a place for you.
Speak to me from everywhere.
Your Gospel can be comprehended
without looking for its source.
When I go toward you
it is with my whole life.
Extract from Rainer Maria Rilke – “Love poems to God”
Be still and know that I am God.
Gradually we become more present and receptive to our God -the One who cannot be named or contained.
To be open to God is to be open to the Mystery of our being, beyond limits.
FURTHER READING: I recommend to you today Dylan Raines who is about to commence a walk for water in 3 days. … He has a most interesting blog on using meditation to make yourself happy.
Extract from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours:Love Poems to God Translated by Anita Barrows & Joanna Macy.