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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 29, 2013 -- Liberals Versus Conservatives  (Read 1632 times)
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« on: November 29, 2013, 05:18:16 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).

Liberals Versus Conservatives
Meditation 21 of 52

At this time in history, the contemporary choice offered most Americans
is between unstable correctness (liberals) and stable illusion
(conservatives)! What a choice! It has little to do with real
transformation in either case. How different from the radical
traditionalism of T.S. Eliot [1]: “You are not here to verify, instruct
yourself, or inform curiosity or carry report. You are here to kneel . . . ”
(Little Gidding)


There is a third way, and it probably is a way of “kneeling.” Most
people would just call it “wisdom.” It demands a transformation of
consciousness and a move beyond the dualistic win/lose mind of both
liberals and conservatives. An authentic God encounter is the quickest
and truest path to such wisdom, which is non-dual consciousness.

Neither expelling nor excluding (conservative temptation), nor perfect
explaining (liberal temptation) is our task. True participation in God
liberates us each from our control towers and for the compelling and
overarching vision of the Reign of God—where there are no liberals or
conservatives. Here, the paradoxes—life and death, success and
failure, loyalty to what is and risk for what needs to be—do not fight
with one another, but lie in an endless embrace. We must penetrate
behind them both—into the Mystery that bears them both. This is
contemplation in action.

Adapted from Contemplation in Action, pp. 27-30

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