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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 8/5/2012 -- HEALING OUR VIOLENCE  (Read 2431 times)
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« on: August 05, 2012, 06:18:21 AM »

August 5, 2012

Richard's Daily Meditations

HEALING OUR VIOLENCE

   
It seems to me that we have made God a being instead of Being itself.
Both John Duns Scotus and Thomas Aquinas said “Deus est Ens,” or
“God is existence itself.” That is the first name of God in the Book
of Exodus (3:14 [1]), which could rightly be translated “I am Am-ness,”
or perhaps as Acts of the Apostles puts it: “God is the one in whom we
live, and move, and have our being” (17:28 [2]).

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+3:14&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV
[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+17:28&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Being, or naked existence, is the one thing that we all are a part of.
It seems the essential religious problem is that human beings suffer
almost universally from a massive case of mistaken identity about their
radical union with God. If we can break away from the illusion of our
separateness then the rest follows rather clearly, and we can reconnect
with our core identity. We are each a manifestation of that Universal
and Divine Being, which then takes the form of angels, humans, animals,
trees, water, and Earth itself. Until we recognize that inherent and
shared sacredness we have no philosophical or compelling basis for
nonviolence.


Prayer:
We are love, and we are made for love, and our natural abiding place is love.
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 08:35:46 AM »

August 6, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

HEALING OUR VIOLENCE
Monday, August 6, 2012
Hiroshima Remembrance and Feast of the Transfiguration
(Is there a connection here?)

   
I think the one thing the Church should do is teach people how to pray.
Contemplative prayer in particular can give people back their birthright
as children of God (inherently connected to and created by God). That is
the only way to know your birthright experientially.

Prayer is not something you do; it’s finally something you are
whenever you collapse back into the very Ground of your being.
Unfortunately, we flee into our minds instead—to create and defend our
separateness and our specialness. The mind concocts an identity for
itself based on our race, our country, our shape, our color, our
religion, etc.—the very things which are passing and accidental and
not essential. These are the very things that are going to die when we
die; you might say we fight wars precisely because we don't pray.

Prayer:
We are love, and we are made for love, and our natural abiding place is love.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 08:49:55 AM »


I think the one thing the Church should do is teach people how to pray.

YA THINK???   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012, 10:37:51 AM »

August 6, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

HEALING OUR VIOLENCE
Monday, August 6, 2012
Hiroshima Remembrance and Feast of the Transfiguration
(Is there a connection here?)

Prayer:
We are love, and we are made for love, and our natural abiding place is love.

I'll add to the prayer:  We are love, situated within a physical being crafted by love, and with some default programming also crafted by love....

Not as poetic.  Hope God has a sense of humor. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 07:50:55 AM »

August 7, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

HEALING OUR VIOLENCE


If the self doesn’t find some way to connect radically with Being, it
will live in anxiety and insecurity. The false self is inherently
insecure. It’s intrinsically fragile, grasping for significance.
That’s precisely because it is insignificant! So it grabs atthings
like badges and uniforms and titles and hats and flags to give itself
importance and power. People talk about dying for the flag of their
country. They don’t realize that the Bible would definitely call that
idolatry. What were you before you were an American? Will you be an
American in heaven? Most of us don’t know how to answer those
questions without a spiritual journey and an inner prayer life.

In prayer you will discover who you were before you were male, before
you were female, before you were black, before you were white, before
you were straight, before you were gay, before you were Lutheran,
Mormon, or Amish. Have you ever lived there? At that naked place, you
will have very little to defend, fight about, compete with, overcome,
hate, or fear. You are then living in the Reign of God, or what Buddha
calls the Great Compassion. Violence is unneeded and undesired.

Prayer:
We are love, and we are made for love, and our natural abiding place is love.
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2012, 09:27:07 AM »

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 All great spirituality teaches about letting go of what you don’t need and who you are not. Then, when you can get little enough and naked enough and poor enough, you’ll find that the little place where you really are is ironically more than enough and is all that you need. At that place, you will have nothing to prove to anybody and nothing to protect.

That place is called freedom. It’s the freedom of the children of God. Such people can connect with everybody. They don’t feel the need to eliminate anybody because they’ve come to the place where, as I like to say, everything belongs. To live from this place cuts the roots of violence at their very foundation, for there is not even any basis for fear or anger or protection or hatred. Negativity must be nipped in the bud—that is to say, in the mind.

Adapted from Healing Our Violence
Through the Journey of Centering Prayer
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Prayer:
We are love, and we are made for love,
and our natural abiding place is love.
 
 
 
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2012, 09:32:19 AM »

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 Jesus, and any great spiritual teacher, is somehow talking about the transformation of persons from their false self into their true self—and then the discovery that the true self is who you already were all along, but you didn’t know it. You didn’t know how to live consciously out of that deep place of union. Infants still know it, symbolized by Adam and Eve in the garden, but they soon leave the garden.

It seems to me that a secular world is almost condemned to being violent, as is a falsely religious world. Both of them have too much ego to protect, because they do not know their true self in God. Most wars have had some form of religious motivation because the ego always believes it speaks for God and threatening others can be eliminated as evil. Religious egos are quite dangerous.

Adapted from Healing Our Violence
Through the Journey of Centering Prayer
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Prayer:
We are love, and we are made for love,
and our natural abiding place is love.
 
 
 
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2012, 09:11:37 AM »

I'm not sure that I understand what Fr. Rohr is saying in terms of "transformation" from false self into true self.  In my own experience, it is not so much a transformation as a "coming out" of the true self through awareness.  To me, the "false self" is still part of my functional default software, I can be aware of it, see its beauty, and not be enslaved by it.
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2012, 09:18:13 AM »

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If you’re living from the true self, you’re going to live from connection and communion with God, with everyone, with everything. You’re not going to be judging, dismissing, or complaining, even in your mind. Such people change the world.

The true lightning rods of God’s energy in the world, the true instruments, get their “who” right—before they try to figure out “what” to do about evil and violence. They wait for communion, wait until they are reconnected to Being, wait until they are conscious. They don’t operate out of the unconscious, which is always reaction, which is always the small self protecting itself and promoting itself.

We are love, and we are made for love, and our natural abiding place is inside of divine love. As St. Catherine of Genoa said, “My deepest me is God!”

Adapted from Healing Our Violence
Through the Journey of Centering Prayer (CD)

Prayer:
We are love, and we are made for love,
and our natural abiding place is love.
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2012, 09:31:42 AM »

HEALING OUR VIOLENCE
   
If you’re living from the true self, you’re going to live from connection and communion with God, with everyone, with everything. You’re not going to be judging, dismissing, or complaining, even in your mind. Such people change the world.
 
.....They don’t operate out of the unconscious, which is always reaction, which is always the small self protecting itself and promoting itself.


I don't think a person can be so selective as to totally live from the "true self".  We are going to judge, dismiss, complain, etc.  It's human, and its okay.  We're eventually (in minutes, hours, or days) going to realize that we are judging, dismissing, and complaining, and that its not really freeing to be caught up in all that, so we let go, forgive, and act, letting our true self shine. 

To me, it is quite natural, upon awareness, to react to our small self, this is the small self reacting to the small self.  There is a place and a time for this, but we can let go and forgive that reaction too.  I do like Father's use of "small self" rather than "false self". 
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2012, 04:26:18 PM »

I think you and Richard are saying pretty much the same thing. He is not so naive as to think there will ever be fully transformed people who are able to live out of the true self 24/7/365. He often comments that he still makes the same mistakes but that he has come to be able to then recognize and laugh at them.

In the end the point is to learn to accept and forgive our pain and that of those around us so we don't continue to create more shadow and more pain.
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