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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 13, 2013 -- You Must Start With Yes  (Read 2210 times)
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« on: November 13, 2013, 07:36:55 PM »

Nov 13, 2013

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy

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).

You Must Start With Yes
Meditation 5 of 52

By teaching “Do not judge” (Matthew 7:1 [1]), the great teachers are
saying that you cannot start seeing or understanding anything if you
start with “no.” You have to start with a “yes” of basic
acceptance, which means not too quickly labeling, analyzing, or
categorizing things as in or out, good or bad, up or down. You have to
leave the field open, a field in which God and grace can move. Ego leads
with “no” whereas soul leads with “yes.”


The ego seems to strengthen itself by constriction, by being against
things; and it feels loss or fear when it opens up. “No” always
comes easier than “yes,” and a deep, conscious “yes” is the work
of freedom and grace. So the soul lives by expansion instead of
constriction. Spiritual teachers want you to live by positive action,
an open field, and studied understanding, and not by resistance, knee-jerk
reactions, or defensiveness, and so they always say something like “Do
not judge,” as judging is merely a control mechanism.

Words and thoughts are invariably dualistic, but pure experience is
always non-dualistic. You cannot really experience reality with the
judgmental mind, because you are dividing the moment before you give
yourself to it. The judgmental mind prevents you from being present to
the full moment by trying to “divide and conquer.” Instead, you end
up dividing yourself and being conquered.

Adapted from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See,
    pp. 46-47, 49-50,

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