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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 28, 2013 -- The Second Gaze  (Read 1475 times)
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« on: November 28, 2013, 08:06:16 AM »

Nov 28, 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).

The Second Gaze
Meditation 20 of 52

To reach the goal of compassion we must not stop with the first gaze. It
is the second gaze that we struggle and wait for most of our lives. In
the first half of life, we have a critical mind and a demanding heart
and a lot of impatience. These characteristics are both gifts and
curses, as you might expect. We cannot risk losing touch with either our
angels or our demons. They are both good teachers. The trials of life
invariably lead us to a second gaze. This is the gaze of compassion and
patience. Now we look out at life from a place of Divine Intimacy where
we are finally safe and at home.

Only the second gaze sees fully and truthfully. The final surprise is
that oneís supposed second gaze is actually Godís Eternal Gaze at
you, which you have finally received like a long-awaited radio signal,
and once you receive it, it just automatically bounces back to the

Adapted from Contemplation in Action, pp. 19-20

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