6. Mar, 2014

SENSE & SENSIBILITY

'Yet no matter how deeply I go down into myself, my God is dark, and like a webbing made of a hundred roots that drink in silence.' (Rainer Rilke: poet). Here she takes forward Thomas Aquinas' statement,' that we can only know God truly, when we believe that God is far beyond all that we can possibly think of God.'

So here we are in 2014 faced with our daily dilemmas; continental, and global chaos, so "What is new pussy cat?" The two quotations lead us into a deeper source of energy, to enable us to combat both apathy on the one hand and anger and hatred on the other. It is the draining of our intellectual and emotional energy as we strive to make sense of our and others' lives, that underline how critically important it is, to find a pathway that will lead us to both a creative and stable existence. To view ourselves internally as lacking in potential goodness, or to be viewing others as often beneath contempt, whatever their position, is wildly off centre. Remember Meister Eckhart's (1260-1329) quote,' We are but a distant mirror of God.' By linking all three of these quotations, we have the beginning of a framework to work with. Assailed as we are by fast moving work life and social media, it is not an easy task to build a different framework for our existence and our decisions. We first have to settle for ourselves the question, "What do I mean by the word, GOD ? " As mentioned on previous postings, the philosopher St.Thomas Aquinas can certainly provide a banquet of thought for that question. But for the moment, the simple framework suggested today, points us to a quiet and regular reflection: a contemplation in essence. Then we can slowly feel the shackles of superficial life sliding away. Thank you, Tom Baxter