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Oneing

21 Jan

    Tree of Life at Gua Tewet (10,000 year old cave painting, Borneo, Indonesia)

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation

The Perennial Tradition

Oneing

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The divisions, dichotomies, and dualisms of the world can only be overcome by a unitive consciousness at every level: personal, relational, social, political, cultural, in interreligious dialogue, and spirituality in general. This is the unique and central job of healthy religion (re-ligio = to re-ligament!). A transformed person unites all within himself or herself, so they can then do the same in the outer world.

My favorite Christian mystic, Lady Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), used the Old English term “oneing” to describe what happens between God and the soul. As Julian put it, “By myself I am nothing at all, but in general, I am in the oneing of love. For it is in this oneing that the life of all people exists” (Showings, 9). She also says, “The love of God creates in us such a oneing that when it is truly seen, no person can separate themselves from another person” (65), and “In the sight of God all humans are oned, and one person is all people and all people are one person” (51).

This is the perennial tradition. Our job is not to discover it, but only to retrieve what has been discovered—and enjoyed—again and again, in the mystics and saints of all religions.

As Jesus put it in his great final prayer: “I pray that all may be one” (John 17:21).

Adapted from Oneing, “The Perennial Tradition,”  Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 12, 14

Gateway to Silence:
That all may be one

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4 responses to “Oneing

  1. paulfg

    January 21, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    The oneing word speaks so much. Of God and man of beauty and simplicity of harmony and unity. Yet a small whispering niggle weaving in and around:

    ” Our job is not to discover it, but only to retrieve what has been discovered … ” The niggle being this:

    A suggestion the “job is already done.” No more discovery needed. Finite – rather than infinite. A suggestion of understanding – manmade (mystic made). Another box (albeit a rather large one) created for me to reside in. By others.

    Maybe?

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    • Little Monk

      January 21, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      Dear Paul, * pets your niggle * “Niggles” are good. I live in deep harmony with them. My niggles tell me where something may be untrue, or where, even if they are true… they’ve not yet found their proper spot to settle in to my awareness.

      “In the sight of God all humans are oned, and one person is all people and all people are one person” (51). This is the perennial tradition. Our job is not to discover it, but only to retrieve what has been discovered—and enjoyed—again and again, in the mystics and saints of all religions. As Jesus put it in his great final prayer: “I pray that all may be one” (John 17:21).

      Is there a sense that… the truth spoken of here… the Oneness… is rather like the Pearl of Great Price, or Treasure Hidden in the Field? I can say of my own life, there are Truths of God that I have worked, striven, hunted hither and yon for, thought I had to sail far and wide to seek and find… That ultimately simply “became manifest” to/for me when I managed to “be still, and know that I am God”.

      The wondrous mystery of God in all this is that it is not “either/or”. We must, indeed, “seek and knock”… there is nothing at all wrong with that. But the incredible essence of “faith and hope” seems that through the process of the seeking and knocking, we inevitably discover that we so enhance and transform our perceptions that… we discover His Truths in entirely new ways, within ourselves and our own stores. So it’s not so much “Yes, but”… as “Yes, and…”

      Cheers — LM

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  2. paulfg

    January 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    “…through the process of the seeking and knocking, we inevitably discover that we so enhance and transform our perceptions that… we discover His Truths in entirely new ways …”

    discover entirely new ways = niggle resting comfortably = retrieve what has (already) been discovered but not by me/us (yet)

    And now more beautiful! Thank you.

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  3. Equipping The Saints

    May 14, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Thank you for your like of my post, “East From The West.” You are a very kind person. May our Lord Jesus richly bless you.

    Senior Pastor/Equipping the Saints
    Philip 3:10, “That I May Know Him”
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