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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 10, 2013 -- Unitive Consciousness  (Read 4868 times)
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« on: November 10, 2013, 06:44:50 AM »

Nov 10, 2013

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy
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Seventh Theme: Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual
thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not
private perfection, is the goal of all religion (Goal).


Unitive Consciousness
Meditation 2 of 52


Reality is not totally one, but it is not totally two, either! All
things, events, persons, and institutions, if looked at contemplatively
(non-egocentrically), reveal contradictions, create dilemmas, and have
their own shadow side. Wisdom knows how to hold and to grow from this
creative tension; ego does not. Our ego splits reality into parts that
it can manage, but then pays a big price in regard to actual truth or
understanding.

The contemplative mind will be at the heart and center of all teaching
in our new Living School. Only the contemplative mind can honor the
underlying unity (“not two”) of things, while also work with them in
their distinctness (“not totally one”). The world almost always
presents itself as a paradox, a contradiction, or a problem—like our
themes of action and contemplation, Christian and non-Christian, or male
and female first did. At the mature level, however, we learn to see all
things in terms of unitive consciousness, while still respecting,
protecting, and working with the very real differences. This is the
great—perhaps the greatest—art form. It is the supreme task of all
religion.


— June 2012
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... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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