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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Spirituality of Meister Eckhart

< All creatures flow outward, but nonetheless remain within God...
Everything that is is bathed in God, is enveloped by God...
God's primordial being is our primordial being.
We ought to understand God equally in all things, for God is equally in all things.
It is a joy to God to have poured out the divine nature and being completely into us who are divine images.
Outside of God there is nothing but nothing...
God is neither this thing nor that thing that we can express.
God is a being beyond all being; God is a beingless being.
Love God as God is - a pure, clear One who is separate from all twoness...
And let your own 'being you' sink away and melt into God's 'being God.'
In this way your 'you' and God's 'his' will become a completely one 'my.'
And you will come to know his changeless existence and his nameless nothingness...
We are to sink eternally from letting go to letting go-into God...
God does not ask anything else of you except that you let yourself go and let God be God in you.
Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones... For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive.
Each creature points you toward God and toward new birth and toward seeing the world as God sees it: Transparently!
Thus all things become nothing but God and we learn to know with God's knowledge and to live with God's love.
In my flowing-out I entered creation; in my Breakthrough I re-enter God. Only those who have dared to let go can dare to re-enter.
In the midst of all things, you keep your eye only on God --- to grasp God in all things. That is the sign of your new birth.
The path of which I have spoken is beautiful and pleasant and joyful and familiar... Let whoever has found this way seek no other, and you shall find that God who is whole and entire will possess you whole and entire...
The eye with which you see God is the same eye with which God sees you.>
Meister Johannes Eckhart, O.P.
(trans. Matthew Fox, O.P.)