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Meister Eckhart

Eckhart von Hochheim O.P. (c. 1260 – c. 1327), commonly known as Meister Eckhart [], was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha, in the Landgraviate of Thuringia in the Holy Roman Empire.

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"All that God asks you most pressingly is to go out of yourself - and let God be God in you" -Meister Eckhart
To know himself a man must ever be on the watch over himself... 'What I say unto you I say unto all, be awake.'-Meister Eckhart.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Meister Eckhart
“When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.” ― Meister Eckhart
"What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action. . --Meister Eckhart"
In which God loves himself, he also loves all creatures, not as creatures but he loves the creatures as God. -Meister Eckhart
if u wish to receive divine joy& God, first pour out your clinging to things. Everything that is to receive must..be empty. . Meister Eckhart
If you learn one prayer your entire life, let it be "Thank You" and that will be enough. - Meister Eckhart
The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. -Meister Eckhart RT
“. God is at home. We are in the far country. ~ Meister Eckhart”. There and back again. A hobbit's journey. ~ J…
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. Meister Eckhart :-)
This I know, that the only way to live is like the rose which lives without a why. . - Meister Eckhart
Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. ~ Meister Eckhart
The soul is created in a place between Time and Eternity:. with its highest powers it touches Eternity, with its lower Time.- Meister Eckhart
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. _Meister Eckhart
'Blessed are the poor in spirit', which is to say those who are poor in will. Meister Eckhart
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And suddenly you know it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings ~ Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart How true and how simple can it be to create a world of respect and sharing!
"Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure," (Meister Eckhart)
Meister Eckhart In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity. wow
It does not matter that Christ was born long ago in Bethlehem unless he is born in you today. – Meister Eckhart
We rarely find people who achieve great things without first going astray. - Meister Eckhart
"If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough." -Meister Eckhart
God wants nothing of you but the gift of a peaceful heart. (Meister Eckhart)
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. -Meister Eckhart…
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"All creatures seek Repose(divine nature) from their efforts, whether they know it or not."--Meister Eckhart
Welcome to WRITING WORD: CONTEMPLATION "What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love." Meister Eckhart, German Writer Hm. What did you think upon today? Was your day so scheduled that you awakened and charged through it without any quiet thoughtful personal time? Contemplation requires a focus...study, reflection,time ... meditation. Another definition says that contemplation means " to admire something and think about it." Sometimes a piece of music causes us to stop, listen and contemplate. This happened to me today. Ironically I did not HEAR the music played but suddenly as I was pondering advent...the words of a song I learned long ago came to my mind like a poem. I had to stop and sing. Here are the words. Read and ponder. " I once read in a poem when snow covers the earth... that it hides the world's scars and gives nature new birth. And they say when a man turns from sin to the Lord that forgiveness like snow covers him evermore. and somewhere it 's snowing...See the soft drifti ...
“Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.”. –Meister Eckhart
When we empty ourselves of created things, we become full of God. When full of God, we're empty of created things. Meister Eckhart
God is at home. It is we who have gone out for a walk. Meister Eckhart
Be willing to be beginner every single morning.(Meister Eckhart)
The contemporary significance of Meister Eckhart's teaching:
"As God can only be seen by His own light, so He can only be loved by His own love." Meister Eckhart
Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language. . ~ Meister Eckhart
"The most powerful prayer, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of the quiet mind." Meister Eckhart
If the inner work is puny, the outer work will not be great. Meister Eckhart. MT "
\"Even stones have a love, a love that seeks the ground.\" - Meister Eckhart. .
Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, secretly all nature seeks God and works toward him.--Meister Eckhart
“I may err but I am not a heretic, for the first has to do with the mind and the second with the will!” . ― Meister Eckhart
Therefore if a heart is to be ready for him, it must be emptied out to nothingness... . -Meister Eckhart
"He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment." - Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. —Meister Eckhart
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Only the hand that erases can the true thing. - Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart said, “Do not think that saintliness comes from occupation; it depends rather on what one is. The...
Only the hand that erases can write the thing. -Meister Eckhart
“The eyes with which we look back at God are the very same eyes with which God first looked at us.” –Meister Eckhart
"The kind of work we do does not make us holy, but we may make it holy.” - Meister Eckhart
The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great. Meister Eckhart
People ought to think less about what they should do and more about what they are. Meister Eckhart
"When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order." Meister Eckhart
The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God. Meister Eckhart
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You will have peace to the extent that you have God, and the further you are away from God the less you will be at peace... Thus you may measure your progress with God by measuring your peace or the lack of it. —Meister Eckhart
THE POWER OF ACCEPTANCE "It is permissible to take life's blessings with both hands provided thou dost know thyself prepared in the opposite event to take them just as gladly. This applies to food and friends and kindred, to anything God gives and takes away... As long as God is satisfied do thou rest content. If he is pleased to want something else of thee, still rest content." -- Meister Eckhart Our life begins to change in magical ways when we open to the experience of life AS IT IS. With acceptance, we stop fighting what is happening. And this creates space, an opening for new relationships to unfold. Explore unconditionally saying yes to the facts of life. Accept your past and where you are now. Unconditional acceptance is unconditional love and this is healing. "Sometimes what seems like surrender isn't surrender at all. It's about what's going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is ...
'God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk' ~Meister Eckhart- a poem -
Eudaimonism, Teleology and the Pursuit of Happiness: Meister Eckhart on Living without a Why — John Connolly (2003)
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Love is of such a nature that it changes us into the things we love. . ~ Meister Eckhart
"God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by subtracting." Meister Eckhart
via: Authentic Presence: The Healing Potential of Being Ourselves. I love Matthew Fox and am really looking...
Though he lived in the thirteenth century, Meister Eckhart’s deeply ecumenical teachings were in many ways modern. He taught about what we call ecology, championed artistic creativity, and advocated for social, economic, and gender justice. All these elements have inspired spiritual maveric...
I'm really looking forward to reading this book.
The very best and utmost of attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in thee. Meister Eckhart
Keep this in mind: to be full of things is to be empty of God, while to be empty of things is to full of God. . -Meister Eckhart
A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice. . Meister Eckhart .
Morning with the mystics. Thank u Meister Eckhart. Rain your kindness upon others.
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“Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion.” ~ Meister Eckhart
Easter Saunday Echoing an ancient homily, Meister Eckhart said that it was because Mary Magdalene had nothing else to lose that she dared approach the tomb; the apostles had run away because, by implication, they were still trying to save themselves, or trying to save something for themselves. She had lost everything else, he said, "and so she was afraid that if she went away from the grave she would lose the grave as well. For if she had lost the grave she would have nothing left at all." She had come to the absolute poverty of the bereaved: she had nothing left but a grave. Yet it was in this state of utter deprivation that the Resurrection took place. It did not take place on the mountain-tops, or on a bright cloud, but in the heart of the grave, the 'degree zero' of human life. It was because Mary Magdalene had the heart to stay by the grave that she became the first bearer of the news of the Resurrection; she was the first Christian preacher. At first she could not see Jesus anywhere. Why? "B ...
By Michael J. Christensen, Pastor “God is a great underground river that no one can dam up and no one can stop.-- Meister Eckhart (13th c) During Sp
On March 27th in world history: 196 — BC Ptolemy V ascended to the throne of Egypt. 1306 — Robert The Bruce was crowned King of Scotland at Scone. 1309 — Pope Clement V excommunicated Venice and all its population. 1329 — Pope John XXII issued his In Agro Dominico condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical. 1613 — The first English child born in Canada at Cuper’s Cove, Newfoundland, to Nicholas Guy. 1625 — Charles I beccame King of England, Scotland, and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France. 1782 — Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 1794 — Denmark and Sweden formed a neutrality compact. 1854 — Crimean War: The United Kingdom declared war on Russia. 1863 — Sir Henry Royce, English automobile pioneer, was born (d. 1933). 1871 — The first international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, was played in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place. 1881 — Rioting took place in Basingstoke in protest ag ...
Very excited about upcoming continuing education at Mepkin Abbey for contemplative lectures on April 2. - Lecture 1: "Dreamwork" as a path for spiritual guidance, as illustrated from St. Jerome, St. Theresa of Lisieux, Dag Hammerskjold, Thomas Merton, Carl Jung and Victor Frankl - Lecture 2: Meister Eckhart in historical context from medieval period, Hildegard of Bingen, Dante, Thomas Aquinas and Jalai ad-Din Rumi. Eckhart in contemporary context: transpersonal psychology, contemplative Christianity, and the transcendental unity
Memories of Saturday and the libidinous rush of meditation in the North York Moors. First time in the hands of Meister Eckhart.
"Man's last and highest parting occurs when for God's sake he takes leave of god." -Meister Eckhart
You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion. Meister Eckhart
I read this today and just wanted to share: We must become heaven on earth so that God can find a home here. (Meister Eckhart, Fourteenth Century Christian Mystic)
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If you would be perfect, don't chatter about God. ~Meister Eckhart
“God is delighted to watch your soul enlarge. ” . - Meister Eckhart
Nothing external to you has any power over you - Ralph Waldo Emerson Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there - Meister Eckhart Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented, and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. Such attitudes are active and definite factors in creating satisfactory conditions. Watch your manner of speech then if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind - Norman Vincent Peale Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will - Mahatma Gandhi
Did you know that about 90% of all quotes attributed to Meister Eckhart are either false or loose paraphrases?
One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one may be. ~ Meister Eckhart
“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” ― Meister Eckhart Indian Shag or Indian Cormorant Najafgarh Jheel, Near Nanakheri Village, New Delhi 14th February 2013
A few days ago, I mentioned a creation myth based on meditation experience. Here, the Great Beyond - whom we call "God" - was just about to "speak" a divine love-word. However, before he could utter that word - or even think it - he lost himself in ecstatic bliss, emptying himself out into the vast expanses of the universe as a sky-like universal awareness or ground of being. We discover his ecstatic presence in wilderness spaces and in the vastness of our own meditative awareness. However, even though his word was never spoken - SURPRISE ! - every species, individual and landscape feature somehow has managed to appear - through the processes of biological, geological, cultural and spiritual evolution - as though out of nowhere, as an echo of that never-spoken word! The amazing thing is this: even though that word is singular, all things echo it in their own unique and varied way. It is as though the word returns to the Creator in a billion different echoes, each of which has new words added on - words wh ...
Do exactly what you would di If you felt most secure!:) Eckhart:)
Silence isn’t something we do, although we can still ourselves to receive its gifts. It is not a personal capacity, although we can cultivate practices of becoming more present. Meister Eckhart described silence as ‘the purest element of the soul, the soul’s most exalted place, the core, the essence of the soul.’ This is the inner monastery within each of our hearts, a place of absolute stillness, our soul’s deep essence.” --- Christine Valters Paintner (The Artist’s Rule) How do you receive and cultivate the practice of silence?
Infinite "Nothing in all creation is so like god as stillness" Meister Eckhart (c.1260-c.1328)
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Excerpt from: Person and Eros by Christos Yannaras Chapter 1 Section 7: Apophaticism at the boundaries of the ontological problem: apophaticism of essence and apophaticism of person.      The ontological meaning which Greek patristic literature of the Byzantine period gave to the term prosôpon ("person") became the occasion of an ontology radically different from that which the Western theological and philosophical tradition represents in the course of its historical development. The West was trapped in a polarized view of Being as either analogically absolute and on tic or else mystical. This came about as the inevitable consequence of the priority Westerners gave, even in the first Christian centuries, to the intellectual definition of essence over the historical and existencial experience of personhood - in contrast to the Greek East, which always relied for its starting-point on the priority of person over essence.      The priority of the need to define essence within the context of the ontolo ...
Here is A.W. Tozer on Christian Leadership for January 7th. I also get these sent to my email and I especially loved this one. :) Personal Life: The Call of God Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.—Hebrews 12:11 "Your calling," said Meister Eckhart to the clergy of his day, "cannot make you holy; but you can make it holy. No matter how humble that calling may be, a holy man can make it a holy calling. A call to the ministry is not a call to be holy, as if the fact of his being a minister would sanctify a man; rather, the ministry is a calling for a holy man who has been made holy some other way than by the work he does. The true order is: God makes a man holy by blood and fire and sharp discipline. Then he calls the man to some special work, and the man being holy makes that work holy in turn. Every person should see to it that he is fully cleansed from all sin, enti ...
"Only those who have dared to let go can dare to reenter." - Meister Eckhart
What one takes in by contemplation, one pours out in love. Meister Eckhart
From The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation: Thought for the Day January 5 The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and a God seed into God. – MEISTER ECKHART The seed of goodness and creativity is in everyone. This seed does not need to be planted on a particular date, for it is already within us. It is indestructible. In the depths of the Dakota winter, this seed, the God-seed, can thrive; in the heat of Death Valley it can still flourish. No matter what our past has been, no matter how many mistakes we have made, the God-seed is still intact. When at last we begin to search for it, we discover it is covered with weeds – weeds of fear and anger, giant thistles of greed. We shouldn’t feel discouraged. Once we cease to water them, the weeds begin to wither and droop, and finally they fall to enrich the soil where ...
“The love of the cross must swallow up our personal grief.” Meister Eckhart Grief & Loss: How to Deal With a New Reality
The most important prayer in the world is just two words long: "Thank you". ~Meister Eckhart
Dear Friend of Creation Spirituality: A blessed Holiday Season to you all! I am sure we are all deeply yearning for the kind of peace with justice that the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons are all about. I hope these kind of miracles are in the works for all and through our dedicated inner and outer work. A few summaries of our goings on at FCS this year. I have been working on a new book on Meister Eckhart, my third, but my first in over thirty years. Called Meister Eckhart: Mystic Warrior for Our Times, it is due out from New World Library in July. I borrowed my methodology from my recent book on Hildegard when I put Eckhart in the room with twentieth (and twenty-first century) thinkers such as: Rabbi Heschel; Adrienne Rich (on the Divine Feminine); Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry (on the Cosmic Christ); Black Elk (on shamanism); Dorothy Soelle (on liberation); Carl Jung; Otto Rank; Biblical scholars Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan and Bruce Chilton, Karl Marx, David Korten and Anita Roddick (on e ...
Amok my friend thank you for Gertrude Stein, Jonathan Swift, Robert Frost, Meister Eckhart, Albert Schweitzer, and M.L. King, Jr
Thank you! I also am inspired by: Meister Eckhart, Jacob Boehme, Emmet Fox, and Fulton J. Sheen.
A thought from Meister Eckhart, at the beginning of Thanksgiving week: "If the only prayer you ever said was 'Thank you,' it would be enough."
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"I see God with the same eyes that God sees me." - Meister Eckhart
Just remember: very quietly in the hallways. . . ~ Meister Eckhart
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The most important hour is always the present; the most significant person is precisely the one sitting across from you right now; the most necessary work is always love. -Meister Eckhart
The German mystic Meister Eckhart said that if the only prayer you make is "thank you," that will suffice. THANK YOU for your commitment to fund God’s ministries at BUMC!!
Save yourself “Do not abandon trust when your ego thinks things should be different than they are.” – Wayne Dyer “It is not by your actions that you will be saved, but by your being.” – Meister Eckhart Save yourself . . . and I do not mean in a zombie apocalypse kind of way either. If what you’ve been doing isn’t working to bring about your hopes and dreams don’t you think it’s about time that you stopped listening to your ego and started BEing the person your Divine always meant for you to be? If you do not trust and have faith you will remain exactly the same or sometimes even worse off than you are now just because you want to be right in this moment . . . seems self defeating if you ask me. Think about it . . . Love and Sunshine, Tracy
To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny. Alan Cohen It is a wonderful experiment and a great adventure to make conscious use of the Law. The Science of Mind, page 271 Every day, I summon the courage to step into the unknown. It helps me to imagine myself on a great safari. I know that, as an explorer, I must travel lightly, remain nimble, and be willing to say that wherever I end up for the night is “home.” I can’t allow myself to be blinded by a longing for the safety of my past, nor will I allow myself to be bullied by the unpleasantness of any moment. When exploring a place unlike any in my experience, I use all my gifts, talents, and skills. I am willing to set aside those that don’t work so that I can acquire new ones. I am here to explore and experience the depth and breadth of every moment of my life. Affirmation: Each step I take in consciousness is a welcome adventure for which I am grateful. I am unaf ...
Good Morning, today my prayer is Gratitude, Meister Eckhart says, if thank you is the only prayer we ever say its more than enough. I remember in church they use to say plant seeds in good soil but I never knew what good soil was or how to get it. It means plant seeds in GRATITUDE to be appreciative for the smallest things we have it opens windows and pours out Blessings we might not have room to receive... I'm so thankful for everything in my life even negative experiences which always show me positivity. Thank You Have a GRAT(itude) one Namaste
"God is not seen except by blindness, nor known except by ignorance, nor understood except by fools." - Meister Eckhart
Byron Katie over angst, en over *** zelfonderzoek het ego ertoe brengt om zichzelf te ontmantelen. "Causing water to climb mountains" - door Steve Chandler While working on my upcoming book Fearless it occurred to me that I have only been in the presence of one fearless human being in my life. That was at the School for the Work taught by Byron Katie, and Katie's presence took my breath away day after day. She never wavered or faltered or lost serenity or her amazing, quiet humorous energy. She was fearless. So as I worked more deeply into my book on the nature of fear (and how to live without it) I called Katie at her home to ask her a few questions. I told her that my experience at her school was the turning point for me on the issue of fear, and would also be the centerpiece of my book. We talked for a long time about the mind's need to judge and label everything. How on one end of mind's polarity is the "I know" mind. It thinks it knows danger when it sees it. On the other end is absolute heart and wi ...
Expands His Being All beings are words of God, His music, His art. Sacred books we are, for the infinite camps in our souls. Every act reveals God and expands His being. I know that may be hard to comprehend. All creatures are doing their best to help God in His birth of Himself. Enough talk for the night. He is laboring in me; I need to be silent for a while, worlds are forming in my heart. ~Meister Eckhart
“Whoever possesses God in their being has Him in a divine manner, and He shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God's image that they see.” ― Meister Eckhart
“Nobody at any time is cut off from God.” ― Meister Eckhart
"If I had only one prayer,it would be,'Thank you'"-Meister Eckhart
"The ultimate leave-taking is the leave of God for God." -Meister Eckhart
'Gelassenheit': "letting go." The term is an old one in German intellectual history, from the theologizing of Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) to the religious thought of Reform Anabaptists and early modern mystics, to its 20th-century revival in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.
"I believe in what Meister Eckhart, the Christian mystic, said: 'At the darkest moment, that's (cont)
There are many who are willing to follow our Lord half way--but not the other half. --Meister Eckhart.
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If you seek God and seek Him for your own profit and bliss, then in truth you are not seeking God. --Meister Eckhart
Why do we have trouble praying or just wanting to find GOD? "God is always ready but we are not ready. God is near to us but we are far from Him. God is within; we are without.God is at home; we are abroad." Meister Eckhart.
". So full of God is every creation." - Meister Eckhart
Thought 4 2day: "A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, 30 or 40 skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there." ~ Meister Eckhart
"Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it."-Meister Eckhart
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Meister Eckhart refers to God as the ground of our being. In this definition, the word "ground" is as important as the word "being."
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“God is at home; it is we who have gone for a walk.” - Meister Eckhart
Worth the read. Do you relate? Should you? The Saint Must Walk Alone by A.W. Tozer MOST OF THE WORLD'S GREAT SOULS have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness. Sometimes we react by a kind of religious reflex and repeat dutifully the proper words and phrases even though they fail to express our real feelings and lack the authenticity of personal experience. Right now is such a time. A certain conventional loyalty may lead some who hear this unfamiliar truth expressed for the first time to say brightly, "Oh, I am never lonely. Christ said, `I will never leave you nor forsake you,' and, `Lo, I am with you alway.' How can I be lonely when Jesus is with me?" Now I do not want to reflect on the sincerity of any Christian soul, but this stock testimony is too neat to be real. It is obviously what the speaker thinks should be true rather than what he has proved to be true by the test of experience. This cheerful denial of loneliness proves only that the speaker has n ...
Meister Eckhart, a theologian and mystic of the Dominican Order was born in Hochheim, near Gotha in 1260. As a young man he joined the Dominicans in Erfurt, and traveled to Cologne to study. Upon his return, he was made a prior at Erfurt, and later, the provincial of Thuringia. In 1300 he was assign...
"If God is to shine divinely in you, your natural light cannot help toward this end. Instead, it must become pure nothing and go out of itself altogether, and then God can come in and shine with His light, and He will bring back in with Him all that you forsook and a thousand times more, together with a new form to contain it all." --Meister Eckhart
"People should not worry as much about what they do but rather about what they are. If they and their ways are good, then their deeds are radiant. If you are righteous, then what you do will also be righteous. We should not think that holiness is based on what we do but rather on what we are, for it is not our works which sanctify us but we who sanctify our works."-Meister Eckhart
Above all else, know this: Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones. For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive. - Meister Eckhart
“Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.” ~Meister Eckhart
"Meister Eckhart wrote that "what is taken in by contemplation must be given out in love." Essentially this is what must be developed- the art of giving out in love and intelligence what is taken in from vision and the experience of self-transcendence and solidarity with the universe." - Aldous Huxley
Thought for the day (October 7): "God does not work in all hearts alike, but according to the preparation and sensitivity God finds in each." - Meister Eckhart
A howling good time was had by all at our St. Francis "Leashed of These" celebration. Lucy, Charlee, Jack, Zoe, Madelyn Grace, Rusty, and Allie were all appropriately blessed. We heard words of wisdom from Meister Eckhart, Walt Whitman, and Chief Seattle. there were lots of wagging, wiggling, and wet kisses. Plus, we collected $100 to go to our local no-kill shelter. Thanks to all for three things: Your generosity, your care for our pets, and your abiding friendship. And a big thank-you to Brett and Brenda for opening their lawn to us!
Be aware that any label is limiting. Labels stick us in a box where there's no room to move. Today, experience how it feels to let go of the labels to rest in 'I am.' Feel the freedom, the spaciousness, the infinite potential of simply being. "As long as I am this or that, I am not all things." -- Meister Eckhart
"The more we have, the less we truly own." -Meister Eckhart
8 October 2013 Lk 10:38-42 SOURCE: TODAY’S GOOD NEWS Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her." Through the centuries there has been an immense amount of commentary on these two sisters, most of it favouring Mary. But Meister Eckhart, almost alone among the mystics, favoured Martha over Mary. “Mary was praised for choosing the best; but Martha's life was of very great profit, for she served Christ and his disciples. St Thomas says the active life is better than the contemplative, in so far as .. ...
“By being created, the soul created God, for he did not exist until the soul was made. A little while since I declared, I am the cause that God is God! God is gotten of the soul, his Godhead he has of himself.” ~Meister Eckhart.
The phrase “spirituality of subtraction” was inspired by Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327), the medieval Dominican mystic. He said that the spiritual life has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition. Yet I think most Christians today are involved in great part in a spirituality of addition, and in that, they are not really very traditional or conservative at all. The capitalist worldview is the only one most of us have ever known. We see reality, experiences, events, other people, and things—in fact, everything—as objects for our personal consumption. Even religion, Scripture, sacraments, worship services, and meritorious deeds become ways to advance ourselves—not necessarily ways to love God or neighbor. The nature of the capitalist mind is that things (and often people!) are there for me. Finally, even God becomes an object for my consumption. Religion looks good on my resume, and anything deemed “spiritual” is a check on my private worthiness list. Some call it spiritual ...
"We are born out of the laughter of the Trinity." - Meister Eckhart
Sunday morning. I have been up since before five, writing a book review that's long overdue. The book has many good points, and also troubles me a great deal...for reasons partially, but not totally, under the book's control. I've decided simply to "lay my cards on the table"; so now I have an eight-page draft which will grow to at least ten or a dozen pages till I start to cut. And I'll cut relentlessly until I have a good final product. Here, may I invoke the memory of Meister Eckhart, who said: "The hand that erases can write the true thing." Off to church to play a Sweelinck echo fantasia and some Krebs... A joyous Sunday to you!
"God becomes and God unbecomes." -Meister Eckhart "God is only our name for it, and the closer we get to it, the more it ceases to be God." -John O'Donohue p. 140 words mean the world to me. I first heard about John O'Donohue from a Sabrina Ward Harrison workshop. The above quotes come from this podcast that I went home and listened to over and over again. (Link below).
Love is as strong as death, as hard as *** Death seperates the soul from the body, but love seperates all things from the soul. By Meister Eckhart, German mystic
"What good is it to me if Mary gave birth to the Son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of god. God is always needing to be born." Meister Eckhart (I love it when a German Mystic gets Orthodox theology right! rv)
“What does God do all day long? He gives birth. From the beginning of eternity, God lies on a maternity bed giving birth to all. God is creating this whole universe full and entire in this present moment.” ~ Meister Eckhart
!! Our bodily food is changed into us, but our spiritual food changes us into itself. — Meister Eckhart
󾁃 Whispers of Encouragement 󾁃 The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God's love; but if a soul cannot feel this longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God. ~ Meister Eckhart
"There is nothing in this world so like God as silence." --Meister Eckhart
Conversations with Meister Eckhart I found Conversations with Meister Eckhart in this place - the family; The madman; Holy and human: mystics for our time. conversations with hildegard of bingen, mechtild of magdeburg, meister eckhart, jan van ruysbroeck, johannes tauler, julian of norwich, and teresa of avila; Conversations with van gogh; Conversations with mozart; Conversations with meister eckhart ('conversation with').
Love God, and do as you like, say the Free Spirits. Yes; but as long as you like anything contrary to God’s will, you do not love Him. ... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), quoted in Light, Life and Love: Selections from the German Mystics of the Middle Ages
"To the quiet mind all things are possible. What is a quiet mind? A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own." - Meister Eckhart
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As we continue our Sunday series, Modern Day Mystics, this week we will discover the fourth mystical path: Teaching and Living From The Heart. Meister Eckhart is our Mystic example and the color is Green. We look forward to welcoming you up on the hill at 9 or 11 a.m.!
"God is watching us from a distance." You probably heard that from Bette Middler. Cute, engaging lyrics that reflect the people's predominant understanding of our awe-inspiring God. But not altogether accurate. Fact is, God is never far from us. Fact is, God is inseparably part of us, even if many do not acknowledge or even deny him. To accept Middler's song statement is to deny the omnipresence of God, to deny the presence of the Holy Spirit in each and every person. For if the Holy Spirit ever leaves a person, he dies. One of the Church's leading mystics, Meister Eckhart, has even said that "God is closer to me than I am to myself." That is how pervasive God is. Nothing ever escapes his attention. He knows our every act, word or thought. And this is very clearly expressed throughout scripture, particularly in Acts 17:27-28 - "...he be not far from every one of us. For IN HIM we live and move..." (Emphasis mine) This we can take both literally and figuratively. I would even dare say that God is US, alth ...
THE ESSENTIAL MYSTICS - Selections from the World's Great Wisdom Traditions (edited and with an Introduction) by Andrew Harvey From the celebrated scholar and lecturer Andrew Harvey, a fascinating and inspiring introduction to the essential texts and themes of the great mystics. Not merely a feast of the greatest and wisest mystical revelations, The Essential Mystics is a practical handbook for those who seek the vision of the sacred balance needed to unify the "eternal world of the soul." Here are thematically grouped extracts from the major wisdom traditions, including the Way of Tao, the Way of Beauty (ancient Greece), the Way of Love in Action (Christianity), and from the writings of Kabir, Ramakrishna, Aurobindo, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Rumi, Juliana of Norwich, John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, and Teresa of Avila. Paying special attention to the sacred feminine, these poignant selections illustrate the unique and inspiring personalities that embody the mystic experience. "Andrew Harvey breaks the ...
Time makes us old. Eternity keeps us young. ~ Meister Eckhart
If you wish to become what you were meant to be, you must cease to be what you are--Meister Eckhart.
To get into the core of God at God's greatest, one must first get into the core of himself at his least. -Meister Eckhart
No one can know God who has not first known himself (or herself). -Meister Eckhart
"Be willing to be a Beginner every single Morning." . ~Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer we could make was "Thank You," that would be sufficient. Meister Eckhart.
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“If you focus too narrowly on a single path to God, all you will ever find is the path” Meister Eckhart
How can we ever be the sold short or the cheated, we who for every service have long ago been overpaid? - Meister Eckhart (Matthew 20a)
According to a 2009 article in the New York Times, Tolle is "not identified with any religion, but uses teachings from Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism and the Bible".[6] Tolle has said "I feel actually that the work I do is a coming together of the teaching 'stream', if you want to call it that, of [Jiddu] Krishnamurti and Ramana Maharshi".[9] Tolle himself has mentioned texts such as the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and A Course in Miracles; he has mentioned various individuals such as Zoroaster, Lao Tzu, Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Jesus, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Rumi, Meister Eckhart, Hafiz, Rinzai Gigen, Ralph Waldo Emerson; and he has emphasized the mystical schools within religions such as Gnosticism in Christianity, Sufism in Islam, Hasidism and Kabbala in Judaism, Advaita Vedanta in Hinduism, and Zen and Dzogchen in Buddhism. He has met and spoken with Barry Long and Don Miguel Rui ...
What do Cynthia Bourgeault, Meister Eckhart, Ramon Panikkar, and Richard Rohr have in common? Each affirms the nondual na…
Lovely news from some reading about Meister Eckhart, a Dominican in the 1300's in Europe. In 1313 he moved to Strasburg to serve as Vicar-General, which included oversight of the many women's convent in South-west Germany. The GOOD NEWS from my reading is that there were quite a fiew "religious women" known as the Beguines [BA -Geens] holding "heretical views" [ i love this so much] . . . such as the so-called heresy of the Free Spirit . . . which supposedly taught that a soul in union with God was freed from conventional moral constraints. I always love to have some information pointing to the idea/fact that women have been doing their own powerful thinking for a very long time. This is from Meister Eckhart Selected Writings, Introduction xiii
Homily: Trinity Sunday posted by deacon greg kandra On this Trinity Sunday, I’m going to do something a little different. This morning, you won’t be hearing any complex theology, no explanation of the “hypostatic union,” and no stories about St. Patrick and shamrocks. Instead, I’d like to ask you to think for just a moment about something that makes you sublimely happy. Maybe it was a knock-knock joke told by your grandson. Or maybe it was the way your wife smiled when you came home at the end of the day. Or maybe it was staying awake just to watch your newborn baby sleeping in his crib. Think about those moments in your life that have given you joy. Because in those moments, you have touched the Trinity. One of the great theologians from the 14th century, the Dominican priest Meister Eckhart, defined the Trinity this way: “When the Father laughs at the Son and the Son laughs back at the Father, that laughter gives pleasure, that pleasure gives joy, that joy gives love, and that love is the ** ...
I am a little leery of the word mystic because of all of the connotations attached to the word and I live in a town (Santa Cruz) that has a local bumper sticker that says: "Keep Santa Cruz Weird." I have read in my youth Meister Eckhart and Thomas Merton and others but thought to offer a frame of reference concerning the word, "mysticism or mystic." I certainly understand the Ecstasy, the joy of the Holy Spirit pour out as we come into a deeper knowledge of the love of the Father...in truth, I have seen angels...part of me wants to keep that low key...but, I did see them and often pray to see more angelic beings. Heck, Jacob wrestle with one and they came to comfort our Lord before the cruelty and beauty of the cross...out of agony came the Ecstasy of the Holy Spirit in us, the Father at home in us and Jesus right in us, closer than my breath.to the world, we do seem foolish but it is cool that they scream and shout and fight over a soccer game...right! We love to live out the "heroic role" vicariously t ...
“Become aware of what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it.” –Meister Eckhart
The less there is of 'I,' the more there is of God. -Meister Eckhart
The essence of God is birthing. Meister Eckhart
Jesus might have said I became man for you. If you do not become God for me you wrong me.. -Meister Eckhart
"Shakespeare is not saying anything, and neither is L. Frank Baum. The Duc de Saint-Simon, the Buddha, Dostoyevski, and Paul Tillich are all holding their tongues. Not a peep out of Abraham Lincoln, Meister Eckhart, or Emily Dickinson. Even Walt Whitman and the prophet Jeremiah are for the moment speechless. The air of the Magic Kingdom is electric with the silence they are keeping. What would I have been if I had never heard them break it? What would I have failed to see if they had not pointed it out to me, and what would I have never heard without their ears to hear it through? What would I have missed loving without them to show me its loveliness? What marvelous jokes would have been lost on me? What tears would I have never found the heart to shed? And yet no less a gift is the mercy now of their keeping still with the sunlight lying in squares on the green carpet and the whole room holding its breath. They are there for when I need them, but in the meanwhile there is not a word out of any of them. L ...
"How Do We Love God?" from Richard Rohr We have put our emphasis on trying to love God, which is probably a good way to start—although we do not have a clue how to do that. What I consistently find in the mystics is an overwhelming experience of how God has loved them. God is always the initiator, God is the doer, God is the one who seduces us. All we can do is respond in kind and, exactly as Meister Eckhart said, “The love by which we love God is the very same love with which God has first loved us.” The mystics’ overwhelming experience is this full-body blow of the Divine loving them, God radically accepting them. And they spend the rest of their life trying to verbalize that experience, and invariably finding ways to give that love back through forms of service, compassion and non-stop worship. But none of this is to earn God’s love; it’s always and only to return God’s love. Love is repaid by love alone.
Encountering the God who is consuming fire, I have allowed the suffering of the scavengers to enter into the depth of my heart and be turned to compassion. A strange, blissful calm finally settled upon me. “This is a garbage dump,” I said to myself, feeling an incredible lightness of being, “this is where I ought to be.” Fantasy, imagination, intuition, humility, awe and reverence now play a bigger role in my ceaseless quest for the Ultimate. I know now that the story of my life should no longer be a story of conquest but of discovery. I must continue the search for the God who is unknown in his ultimate essence - beyond words and concepts, beyond mathematical equations, beyond all forms of objectification. As Meister Eckhart suggested, “Seek God so as never to find him.” (Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain: Hope for a Planet in Peril)
Really both. He's interrogating university discourse in medieval apostolic life and Meister Eckhart's polemic with that.
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"The more you have of God, the more you long for him, for if you could be content with God, ... God would not be God." Meister Eckhart
All God wants of man is a peaceful heart. -Meister Eckhart
God Is Reality The Need for a Sacred Science ~Seyyed Hossein Nasr The sensualist and empirical epistemology, which has dominated the horizon of Western man in the modern period, has succeeded in reducing reality to the world experienced by the external senses, hence limiting the meaning of reality and removing the concept of ‘reality’ as a category pertaining to God. The consequence of this change in the very meaning of reality has been nothing less than catastrophic, reducing God and in fact all spiritual realms of being to the category of the abstract and finally to the unreal. At the base of the loss of the sense of the reality of God by modern man in his daily life lies the philosophical error of reducing the meaning of reality to the externally experienced world, of altering the meaning of realist in its early medieval sense to the connotation it has gained in various schools of philosophy since the rise of nominalism at the end of the Middle Ages. Cut off from the twin sources of metaphysical kn ...
PART TWO: THE RICHNESS OF GELASSENHEIT (Part One was posted earlier today) This beautiful German word simply means "letting-be." But this meaning has blossomed in the Holy Spirit over the last several hundred years. As I mentioned in PART ONE, the word was much used by Christian mystics like Meister Eckhart, Protestant Reformers like Martin Luther, Anabaptists like Hans Denk and philosophers like Martin Heidegger. It is a perfect word for a perfect concept. The concept itself has been known by other words in other languages, but let's look at it afresh and anew. GELASSENHEIT is an attitude, a posture of the soul, an approach to reality whereby we completely OPEN ourselves up to the awe and mystery of God. And not just occasionally but all the day long. It has been called by William Barret an "enchanted existence where everything belonging there returns to that in which it rests." It is all about perception. GELASSENHEIT gives us dynamic spiritual perception which, as Eckhart said, "penetrates all things a ...
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.- Meister Eckhart
"Grace makes the soul comformable to the will of God." - Meister Eckhart
God willbe born n just person as just person is born into God...Compassion means justice.-Meister Eckhart
If you're a Christian and not familiar with Meister Eckhart, do yourself a favor and google him. Give me that old...
I know, it can be worrisome to think that man should aim to become god. Wouldn't that be placing ourselves in equal footing with our creator? That would be sacrilege, wouldn't it? Not quite. Why should deification worry man? Isn't it said that there is a spark of divinity in him in the "ruach" that he bequeathed us, which is nothing less that a portion if his spirit, which we all know is actually indivisible and inseparable from God himself. Thus, we can say that the existence of any part of God is the existence of the whole of Him. Nonetheless, by operation of free will and man's consequent fall from grace, there must necessarily have been a 'de facto' or temporary separation from God, which for that same reason man must, by operation of that divine nature, return to his source that is God. That return would not have been possible because of man's momentary 'separation' from God because of his fallen nature. Only, Jesus' intervention made it possible. It could be said that we could be 'equal' to God beca ...
God only gives birth to God, as Meister Eckhart would say.
Meister Eckhart and his "German Sermons" . . . reading medieval german mystic monks sounds promising . . . it's not.
**An Easy Way To Shift Your Mood -- Permanently!** “Sometimes life is so hard. I just wish I could be in a better mood, so I could be nicer to my kids!" - Karen "We're not grateful because we're happy. We're happy because we're grateful.” - Brother David Stendl-Rast Life can be hard. And being a parent is one of the hardest things we do. No wonder we're in a bad mood sometimes. Getting into a better mood takes effort. We can choose to see things differently, to take better care of ourselves, to tackle the problems that are wearing us down. But that takes work. And there will always be hard days. So if you want an easy way to make a bad day better, and an easy way to increase the happiness you feel on a daily basis, you'll be happy to know that researchers have discovered a strategy that actually works: Gratitude. Every spiritual tradition has a practice of gratitude. Not just for some presumed spiritual or ethical benefit, but because it works. The heartfelt expression of gratitude lifts us out of th ...
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