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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 12/30/2012 -- SEVEN UNDERLYING THEMES OF RICHARD ROH  (Read 4836 times)
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« on: December 30, 2012, 10:45:46 AM »


Richard's Daily Meditations

SEVEN UNDERLYING THEMES OF RICHARD ROHR'S TEACHINGS

First Theme: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as
validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview
(METHODOLOGY).

Number 1 of 56

This first theme is in great part what philosophers would call
epistemology—how do we know what we think we know? How and why do I,
Richard Rohr, say the things I say with any kind of authority or
confidence? Why should you trust these writings? How do you know that
these are not just my ideas? Or merely one biased opinion? They are
certainly expressed in my limited culture, understanding, and
vocabulary. How could they not be? You have no basis for trusting these
words unless I am living within and drawing from the entire “Force
Field of the Holy Spirit” which we Catholics would also call “the
communion of saints.”

I am first saying a deep YES to that force field, and I am just adding
an AND! This is not to disagree with the mainline orthodoxy at all, but
to simply add what every generation must add “to bind you together in
love and to stir your minds, so that your understanding may come to full
development, until you really know God’s secret in which all the
jewels of wisdom and knowledge are hidden” (Colossians 2:2-3 [1]). I thank
Paul for giving me that verse. I would never have had the courage to say
it on my own.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+2:2-3&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV


I have to risk writing, as every spiritual writer does, and I must be
willing to be judged wrong by others more intelligent, wiser, and holier
than I. But this is the leap that I and all others must also make in
order to communicate that bit of the Great Truth of the Gospel that we
each have our own access to. Paul also reassures me when he said that
this Body of Christ is “groaning forward in one great act of giving
birth” (Romans 8:22 [2]). Should we call it evolutionary Christianity?
There is no other kind if the Spirit is still active and speaking.

[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8:22&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

John the Baptist did it early on with his daring and new river ritual
and with no temple priesthood to support him. Paul did it with his
independent letters, when there was no apostolic authority to assure or
reassure him. In fact, they even fought him. Jesus did it with the
Judaism of his time and place. This is the only pattern available to us
in the humble and willingly fallible world of faith, and yet it is how
we each tentatively contribute our little part to the great truth of
God. Only future history will know whether ours was good or bad
teaching. That is how we all live in the faith of our own moment in
time, and must hand ourselves over to God’s always-larger future, just
as Jesus did in Gethsemane.

I am, of course, trusting and hoping that what is contained here is much
more than a bit of truth, precisely because I have found some serious
validation in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, plus a clear consistency
with enough of the connecting dots of the Great Tradition: two thousand
years of Jewish interpretation and two thousand years of Christian
interpretation, mystics, saints, Church Councils, friends of God,
theologians and philosophers of the ecumenical Body of Christ. This is
the force field of the Holy Spirit that you and I continue to be a part
of whenever we are living, writing, and praying in loving union with God
and God’s work in this world.

I pray and hope that all I say and teach in these meditations comes from
this place of loving union. Oppositional or rebellious energy only
creates more of the same. Quoting St. Joan of Arc, I also want to say,
“If I am in your truth, God keep me there. If I am not, God put me
there.”
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2012, 02:54:07 AM »

December 31, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations:

Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr's Teachings
---------------------------------------------------

First Theme: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as
validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview
(METHODOLOGY).

Number 2 of 56


Since the Reformation in the 16th Century, much Christian infighting and
misunderstanding has occurred over the Catholic and Orthodox emphasis on
Tradition (which usually got confused with small cultural
“traditions”) versus the new Protestant emphasis on Scripture, even
“Scripture alone!” (which gradually devolved into each group
choosing among the Scriptures it would emphasize and the ones it would
ignore). Both currents have now shown their weaknesses, their blind
spots, and their biases. They lacked the “dynamic third” principle
of God Experience: personal experience that is processed and held
accountable by both Scripture and Tradition, and by solid spiritual
direction and counseling. This will be our trilateral principle at the
Living School. (I am aware of John Wesley’s later-named
“quadrilateral method” which also included reason as a fourth
principle. I see the use of reason as precisely our ability to use
Scripture, Tradition, and experience in a consistent, balanced, and
“reasonable” way. But I do not want to give reason the importance of
a fourth principle, because it now tends to trump the other three.)

John the Baptist let his personal God experience trump both Scripture
(which he hardly ever quotes directly) and his own Tradition (which is
why this son of the priestly class had to move his own ritual down to
the riverside). Jesus and Paul also clearly use and respect their own
Scriptures and Jewish Tradition, yet courageously interpret them both in
light of their personal experience of God. There is an essential message
here from our central Biblical figures.


~ Richard Rohr, June 2012
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 07:47:31 AM »

January 1, 2013


Richard's Daily Meditations:

Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr's Teachings
---------------------------------------------------

First Theme: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as
validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview
(METHODOLOGY).

New Year's Day -- January 1, 2013

A Different Kind of Knowing
Number 3 of 56


The essential religious experience is that you are being “known
through” more than knowing anything in particular yourself. Yet
despite this difference, it will feel like true knowing. This new way of
knowing can be called contemplation, non-dualistic thinking, or
“third-eye” seeing. Such prayer, such seeing, takes away your
anxiety about figuring it all out fully for yourself, or needing to be
right about your formulations. Thomas Aquinas called this “connatural
knowledge” and John Duns Scotus called it “intuitive cognition.”
It is a more integrated knowing than mere reason alone.

With this access point, God becomes more a verb than a noun, more a
process than a conclusion, more an experience than a dogma, more a
personal relationship than an idea. There is Someone dancing with you,
and you no longer need to prove to anyone that you are right, nor are
you afraid of making mistakes. Another word for that is “faith.”


Adapted from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, p. 23
https://cac.org/store/books/item/717-the-naked-now
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 08:03:05 AM »

January 1, 2013

With this access point, God becomes more a verb than a noun, more a
process than a conclusion, more an experience than a dogma, more a
personal relationship than an idea. There is Someone dancing with you,
and you no longer need to prove to anyone that you are right, nor are
you afraid of making mistakes. Another word for that is “faith.”

Yesss!!!

The only reason I feel the need to prove I am right, is because I wish to invite others into the space where I have come into, that is unmistakably to me the space Jesus calls "the kingdom."  This wasn't too much a problem for my first month, though, because it was too exciting.  But then I noticed that many people still seemed miserable, so I tried (aha "tried" ... that the problem) to become an invitation.  When others come up with their own explanations for why I say and do what I say and do (possibly by trying to map my words and behavior onto their ways of thinking which are totally different), oblivious to what has happened internally and to the significance that the drama queen of the universe is now with serenity, peace, and joy, then it totally cancels that invitation and it degenerates into "oh I'm glad you're feeling well."

I pray that the Lord will remove from me, my personal desire to be used to help bring others into the kingdom.  If He so wills me to be used that way, then I will be.  Until then, I'm still happy because the dance is still on!

I think I'll start off my first writing of the year with the humility prayer:


O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

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Richard's Daily Meditations:

Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr's Teachings
---------------------------------------------------

First Theme: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as
validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview
(METHODOLOGY).

Prayer
Number 4 of 56


“Everything exposed to the light itself becomes light,” says Ephesians
5:13 [1]. In prayer, we merely keep returning the divine gaze and we become
its reflection, almost in spite of ourselves (2 Corinthians 3:18 [2]). The
word “prayer” has often been trivialized by making it into a way of
getting what we want. But I use “prayer” as the umbrella word for
any interior journeys or practices that allow you to experience faith,
hope, and love within yourself. It is not a technique for getting
things, a pious exercise that somehow makes God happy, or a requirement
for entry into heaven. It is much more like practicing heaven now.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+5:13&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV
[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+3:18&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV


Adapted from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, pp. 22-23
https://cac.org/store/books/item/717-the-naked-now

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 06:19:07 AM »

January 2, 2013

But I use “prayer” as the umbrella word for
any interior journeys or practices that allow you to experience faith,
hope, and love within yourself. It is not a technique for getting
things, a pious exercise that somehow makes God happy, or a requirement
for entry into heaven. It is much more like practicing heaven now.

Amen!  Say it Richard!

Seems to me like most people don't make a material distinction between "praying," and writing a letter to Santa.   Roll Eyes

Or something that makes me feel the Most Pious in any given situation, with just the right serious tone of voice.  Roll Eyes

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Richard's Daily Meditations:

Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr's Teachings
---------------------------------------------------

First Theme: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as
validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview
(METHODOLOGY).

Self-Knowledge and God Knowledge
Number 5 of 56


Our operative God image is often a subtle combination of our mom and our
dad or any other significant authority figures. Once we begin an inner
life of prayer and in-depth study of sacred texts, we slowly begin to
grow, move beyond childhood conditioning, and from then on it only gets
better. Grace does its work and creates a unique “work of art”
(Ephesians 2:10 [1]). Much religion is merely early conditioning, and
not yet God experience for oneself.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+2:10&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Early “God talk”—without self-knowledge and inner journey—is
largely a sincere pretense, even to the person who consciously believes
the language (read teachings of Socrates, Teresa of Avila, Carl Jung).
The miracle of grace and true prayer is that they invade the unconscious
mind and heart (where our real truth lies)—and thus really change us!
They invade them so much that the love of God and the love of self
invariably proceed forward together. On the practical level, they are
experienced as the same thing!


Adapted from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, pp. 162-163
https://cac.org/store/books/item/746-things-hidden-scripture-as-spirituality-book
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Richard's Daily Meditations:

Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr's Teachings
---------------------------------------------------

First Theme: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as
validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview
(METHODOLOGY).

Not to Prove Anything, but to Experience Someone
Number 6 of 57


I’d like to invite you to look at Scripture in a new way. In my book,
Wondrous Encounters, you will find many Scripture readings for the
season of Lent. Using the Scripture readings of the season, I would like
to teach you how to use Scripture. How can we put the Old Testament or
Hebrew Scriptures together with the Christian Scriptures? I do not
want to just share information or data or facts about Jesus, or
history of the Hebrews, but in fact I want to help you to experience an
encounter between the soul and God.

I am going to repeat a phrase three times because I don’t want it to
just be a throwaway phrase. I want to lay a foundation with this mantra
because I think this is why good theology, good Scripture, and a good
approach to Scripture and to spirituality are so crucially important.
The phrase is:

    Your image of God creates you.
    Your image of God creates you.
    Your image of God creates you.


Adapted from A Teaching on Wondrous Encounters (webcast)
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Basic Conversion Must Precede Study  Number 7 of 57

The sacred texts of the Bible are filled with absolute breakthroughs, epiphanies, and manifestations of the highest level of encounter, conversion, transformation, and Spirit. The Bible also contains texts which are punitive, petty, tribal, and idiotic. A person can prove anything he or she wants from a single line of the Bible. To tell you the truth, the Bible says just about everything you might want to hear—somewhere! This is a sad and humiliating recognition. But you can relearn your way of reading Scripture in a prayerful, calm, skillful, and mature way. Then you can hear with head and heart and Spirit working as one, and not just a search for quick answers.

Maybe one of the biggest mistakes in the history of Christianity is that we have separated spirituality from theology and Scripture study. In other words, we put the Scriptures (and theology) in the hands of very immature and unconverted people, even clergy. We put the Scriptures in the hands of people who are still at the egocentric level, who still think “It’s all about me,” and who use the Bible in a very willful way. It is all dualistic win or lose for them. The egocentric will still dominates: the need to be right, the need to be first, the need to think I am saved and other people are not. This is the lowest level of human consciousness, and God cannot be heard from that heady place or met at that level.

Adapted from A Teaching on Wondrous Encounters (webcast) (CD, DVD, MP3)
 
 
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