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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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"If you want the kernel, you must break the shell." Meister Eckhart
Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest off all to us. Meister Eckhart
God waits on human history and suffers as She waits. Meister Eckhart
Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Meister Eckhart
"Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. – Meister Eckhart"
However devoted you are to God, you may be sure that he is immeasurably more devoted to you. - Meister Eckhart
To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God. - Meister Eckhart
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God wants nothing of you but the gift of a peaceful heart. —Meister Eckhart
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." - Meister Eckhart"
A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice. - Meister Eckhart
Be willing to be a every single morning - Meister Eckhart- Good morning
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart.
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." . - Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity. :-D
All God wants of man is a peaceful heart. Meister Eckhart Ha
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"Only the hand that erases can write the true thing" ~ Meister Eckhart
“An artist is not a special kind of person. Rather every person is a special kind of artist.” –Meister Eckhart
All creatures are gladly doing the best they can to express God- Meister Eckhart
We must become as clear glass through. which God can shine. ~ Meister Eckhart ~
For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again. . -Meister Eckhart
Every creature is a word of God. Meister Eckhart. See more here
People who have let go of themselves are so pure that the world cannot harm them. ~Meister Eckhart
I need to be silent for awhile, worlds are forming in my heart. . ~ Meister Eckhart
“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ~ Meister Eckhart. I...
"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.". ~Meister Eckhart
The art of letting things happen...letting go of oneself, as taught by Meister Eckhart became for me the key opening the door.. . -
God is the sigh in the soul. Meister Eckhart
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"The seed of God is in us. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God seeds into God." ~Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer you say in your life is. " Thank you " that would suffice. ( Meister Eckhart )
Meister Eckhart: "The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great."
The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. Meister Eckhart
God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk. Meister Eckhart
"He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.". -- Meister Eckhart
"If the only PRAYER you said was 'Thank You',..that would be enough." -Meister Eckhart.
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What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action. . Meister Eckhart
Be willing to be beginner every single morning - Meister Eckhart .
"Though we are God's sons & daughters, we do not realize it yet." ~ Meister Eckhart
Meet Meister Eckhart. Johannes "Meister" Eckhart (c. 1260 - 1327/8) is one of the great Christian mystics. He was...
exploregod: “God is at home; it is we who have gone for a walk.” -Meister Eckhart
"Even stones have a love, a love that seeks the ground." - Meister Eckhart von Hochheim, a German theologian, philosopher …
"If the only prayer you sayin your life is 'thank you,' that would suffice." . -Meister Eckhart
“What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.” . Meister Eckhart.
God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction. Meister Eckhart
The eye with which I see God is the. Eye with which God sees me. (Meister Eckhart)
If the only prayer you ever said was thank you, it would be enough. -Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) quoted by Ms. Dempsey
I need to be silent for a while. Worlds are forming in my Heart. ~Meister Eckhart
At Bellarmine College 2-nite & Matthew Fox's lecture on Meister Eckhart & the call to be a "Mystic Warrior."
Divine Truth is already alive and dynamically present at the core of one’s being. ~ Meister Eckhart. photo: B. Flicker
1329: In a Papal Bull, John XXII condemns the writings of the German mystic Meister Eckhart as heretical.
1329 – Pope John XXII issued a papal bull declaring that some of the works of German theologian and mystic Meister Eckhart were heretical.
becoming less, we become more… "In the words of Meister Eckhart, “Cease to be this or that, and to have this and ...
"One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one may be." . Meister Eckhart
1329: Pope JohnXXII condemns some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical. Eckhart:
3/27/1329 - Pope John XXII issues his In Agro Dominico condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.
I was once spiritually ill - we all pass through that- but one day the intelligence of my soul cured me. -Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart - what a heretic. Here's to 686 years of Agro Domini! May Pope John XXII rest in peace
This is how described the religion of those who love God out of egoistic motives:
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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
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 empty. . Meister Eckhart
If you learn one prayer your entire life, let it be "Thank You" and that will be enough. - Meister Eckhart
“. God is at home. We are in the far country. ~ Meister Eckhart”. There and back again. A hobbit's journey. ~ J…
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
'Blessed are the poor in spirit', which is to say those who are poor in will. Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart How true and how simple can it be to create a world of respect and sharing!
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
My journey to the desert wisdom of the mystics with Meister Eckhart and the Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox.
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Journey to Desert Wisdom: Review of Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for our Times by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox
"All creatures seek Repose(divine nature) from their efforts, whether they know it or not."--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
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 "
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
Only the hand that erases can the true thing. - Meister Eckhart
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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
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 ...
Eudaimonism, Teleology and the Pursuit of Happiness: Meister Eckhart on Living without a Why — John Connolly (2003)
Love is of such a nature that it changes us into the things we love. . ~ Meister Eckhart
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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...
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The very best and utmost of attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in thee. Meister Eckhart
Morning with the mystics. Thank u Meister Eckhart. Rain your kindness upon others.
Meister Eckhart: Mystic Warrior for our book by Dr. Matthew Fox. It's a gem!
“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
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
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Did you know that about 90% of all quotes attributed to Meister Eckhart are either false or loose paraphrases?
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 ...
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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?
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
“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.
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There exists only the present instant a Now which always and without end is itself.. Meister Eckhart via
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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
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 ...
“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)
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There are many who are willing to follow our Lord half way--but not the other half. --Meister Eckhart.
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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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!
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