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« on: November 12, 2013, 07:53:51 AM »

Nov 112, 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).



Wonderment
Meditation 4 of 52


“Wondering” is a word connoting at least three things:

    * Standing in disbelief,
    * Standing in the question itself,
    * Standing in awe before something.

Try letting all three “standings” remain open inside of you. This is
a very good way to grow spiritually, as long as the disbelief moves
beyond mere skepticism or negativity.

When Scholastic philosophy was at its best (in the twelfth and
thirteenth centuries), the development of an idea proceeded by what the
great teachers called the questio (Latin, “to seek”). Our English
word “quest” may come from that understanding. The systematic asking
of questions opened up wonder and encouraged spiritual curiosity, ever
refining the question itself instead of just looking for the perfect
answer.

Scholastic philosophy quickly degenerated when people rushed to supposed
easy answers instead of remaining in the brilliance and humility
of the questio or quest itself. We ended up with Thomists instead
of the fitting silence of Thomas Aquinas himself. We ended up with
Scotists who bored you beyond belief, instead of the joyful
humility of John Duns Scotus.


Adapted from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See,
    p. 46-47
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