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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 25, 2013 -- Union Not Perfection  (Read 1603 times)
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« on: November 25, 2013, 03:47:45 AM »

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).

Union Not Perfection
Meditation 17 of 52

On a first level I see mystical moments as moments of enlargement.
Suddenly we’re bigger. We don’t feel a need to condemn, exclude,
divide or separate. Secondarily, mysticism is a deep experience of
connectedness or union. Maybe that is why we feel larger? Unfortunately,
most of us were sent on private paths of perfection which none of us
could ever achieve. The path of union is different than the path of
perfection. Perfection gives the impression that by effort or more
knowing I can achieve wholeness separate from God, from anyone else, or
from connection to the Whole. It appeals to our individualism and our
ego. It’s amazing how much of Christian history sent us on a
self-defeating course toward private perfection. On the day of my first
vows in 1962, the preacher glared at us little novices and quoted the
line “Thou shalt be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect!”
Most of the honest guys left within the first few years when they could
not achieve it. They were told they could achieve heaven in a most
hellish way.

Many people gave up on the spiritual life or religion when they saw they
could not be “perfect.” They ended up practical agnostics or
practical atheists, and they refused to be hypocrites. Many of us kept
up the forms and the words, we kept going to church, but there was no
longer the inner desire, joy or expectation that is possible on the path
of union. Mysticism does not defeat the soul; moralism always does.
Mysticism invites humanity forward; moralism (read “perfectionism”)
excludes and condemns itself and most others.

Adapted from Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate
. . . Seeing God in All Things (CD, DVD, MP3)

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