Do you love out of your true Self or are you plagued by a false self intensified by the ‘disease of exclusivity’?: Ignatian spirituality, Eckhart Tolle, & recovering the True Self.

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Do you love out of your true Self or are you plagued by a false self intensified by the ‘disease of exclusivity’?: Ignatian spirituality, Eckhart Tolle, & recovering the True Self.

The one thing that unites so many mainstream religious adherents is the ‘disease of exclusivity’. The comment attributed to Gandhi; “God has no religion” has no currency for those who live with an identity formed via exclusive claims on Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Justice. For them God looks like the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Pope or an Ayatollah or the death-dealers of IS etc. The rest are apostates, infidels, inferiors…… So they must still be persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, have their characters assassinated or be put to death. Whoopee – today we killed an apostate – Truth, Beauty & Goodness are so much sweeter now, so much more life-enhancing, so much more beneficial for the jobless, homeless and starving.

Today in our town there is glorious sunshine – do you think it’s a different sun that illumines and warms the lives of Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Sufis & Taoists, Humanists and so?

In what are we truly united? The answer is in Mystery, the Mystery of the Whole, that is to say in our not knowing. So our unity lies in acknowledgment of our not knowing – coupled with our sharing of all the woes and joys of being human, together for a short time on the one planet we have.

Sometimes the disease of exclusivity shows in an otherwise fine article below as in this ‘ignatian spirituality’ by take on Eckhart Tolle by Andy Otto.

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The article starts by saying;
“What is the Self? In all our relationships we tend to unconsciously fill a role, such as subordinate before our boss, parent to our child, expert before someone seeking our advice, a strong person when being admonished. We notice that with different people we feel different.
Resting in nondual awareness of the Self isn’t role-playing and role-adjustment.

The article announces that Tolle is ‘a non-Christian spiritual writer’;
Eckhart Tolle, a non-Christian spiritual writer, says that in filling prescribed roles and the expectations that go along with them we put on a false self. Christian mystics like Thomas Merton would agree. “My false and private self is the one who wants to exist outside the reach of God’s will and God’s love,” Merton said. The false self feeds the ego’s need for survival, adapting to whatever it needs to be in the moment, even if the false self claims to need envy, apathy, or ill-temper.

Tolle isn’t a non-Christian – he is non-exclusivist. He has probably taught more true Christianity, cf Churchianity, in the last three decades than all Christians put together in the first two thousand years of Christianity.

He is also, in all the essential that really matter – the mystical core of all the Great Traditions – he just stays focused on the core and stays away from the millions of ways that religionists have devised for asserting their self-righteousness via the disease of exclusivity.

Having developed and got attached to our false self – how do we reclaim our true Self?

How do we reclaim our true Self? The answer is deep love. I realize that I am fully myself before my significant other and before God. These two relationships are different than any other relationships in that they strive continually for intimate, unconditional, transparent, and fully vulnerable love. The intimacy with a significant other matches no other human relationship. True deep love with that person can reveal nothing other than the most authentic you. That intimacy is magnified in the God-me relationship where God knows me unequivocally. There is nothing to hide. Therefore, instead of analogizing my relationship with God (father-son, friend-friend, master-servant) I can allow myself to just be. That being, Tolle might say, is authentic Selfhood, without labels or titles or self-judgements………”

Yes the concomitant to resting in awareness is the deepening of being and the space and support, including silence, that we provide for others.

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To read the rest of the article go HERE – http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/14801/the-self

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MATTHEW FOX THOMAS MERTON DR SUZUKI MEISTER ECKHART…

MATTHEW FOX, THOMAS MERTON, DR SUZUKI, MEISTER ECKHART, NONDUALISM & THE MYSTICAL TRADITION

1 Matthew Fox in an interview says;
“One of my main works or accomplishments was recovering the mystical tradition of Christianity. For example, I was the first one to translate Eckhart into English from the critical edition, and provide a commentary on it.

2 In fact, it was through a Hindu – not through Christianity – that I discovered Eckhart. It was Suzuki, the Japanese Buddhist, who alerted Thomas Merton, the Catholic monk, to Meister Eckhart.

3 In 1959, they had a dialogue on Buddhism and Christianity, and Suzuki threw up his hands and said “Merton, you’re a typical Western dualist. There’s only one outside chance you’ll get Zen, and that is to read the one Zen thinker of the West, Meister Eckhart.” And Merton said, “But Eckhart was condemned by the church.” And Suzuki said, “Well, I can’t help that, can I?”

4 So in 1960, Merton went off and did nothing but read Zen and Meister Eckhart, and it totally changed him. You can see his writings from the ’50s to the ’60s – he became very prophetic in the ’60s, and he was the first religious figure who came out before Dr. King against the Vietnam War.

5 Merton is the one who sent me to Paris to study spirituality, and it’s there that I got the creation spiritual tradition named for me by Pere Chenu, a wonderful French Dominican who is the father of liberation theology and creation spirituality.

6 The year I was expelled from the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church by the Pope, they also expelled Leonardo Boff, who is a liberation theologian and the most read Catholic theologian in Latin America. And they expelled Eugene Drewermann, the most read Catholic priest theologian in Germany.

7 Clearly it was not a good year for theologians, but there was obviously a political purpose in all this. By getting the three most visible Catholic priest theologians on three continents, they were sending a message of fear and control. It was theological downsizing.”

FROM: Original blessings: An interview with Matthew Fox By Ravi Dykema – http://www.mcs.ca/vitalspark/2020_schools/312crtn03.html

My paragraphing and numbering – Roger –

PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE EXTRACT

THOMAS MERTON – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton

D T SUZUKI – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._T._Suzuki

MEISTER ECKHART – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meister_Eckhart

CHENU – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Dominique_Chenu

DREWERMANN – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Drewermann

MATTHEW FOX – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_Spirituality

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MATTHEW FOX, THOMAS MERTON, DR SUZUKI, MEISTER ECKHART, NONDUALISM & THE MYSTICAL TRADITION

1 Matthew Fox in an interview says; “One of my main works or accomplishments was recovering the mystical tradition of Christianity. For example, I was the first one to translate Eckhart into English from the critical edition, and provide a commentary on it.

2 In fact, it was through a Hindu – not through Christianity – that I discovered Eckhart. It was Suzuki, the Japanese Buddhist, who alerted Thomas Merton, the Catholic monk, to Meister Eckhart.

3 In 1959, they had a dialogue on Buddhism and Christianity, and Suzuki threw up his hands and said “Merton, you’re a typical Western dualist. There’s only one outside chance you’ll get Zen, and that is to read the one Zen thinker of the West, Meister Eckhart.” And Merton said, “But Eckhart was condemned by the church.” And Suzuki said, “Well, I can’t help that, can I?”

4 So in 1960, Merton went off and did nothing but read Zen and Meister Eckhart, and it totally changed him. You can see his writings from the ’50s to the ’60s – he became very prophetic in the ’60s, and he was the first religious figure who came out before Dr. King against the Vietnam War.

5 Merton is the one who sent me to Paris to study spirituality, and it’s there that I got the creation spiritual tradition named for me by Pere Chenu, a wonderful French Dominican who is the father of liberation theology and creation spirituality.

6 The year I was expelled from the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church by the Pope, they also expelled Leonardo Boff, who is a liberation theologian and the most read Catholic theologian in Latin America. And they expelled Eugene Drewermann, the most read Catholic priest theologian in Germany.

7 Clearly it was not a good year for theologians, but there was obviously a political purpose in all this. By getting the three most visible Catholic priest theologians on three continents, they were sending a message of fear and control. It was theological downsizing.”
FROM: Original blessings: An interview with Matthew Fox By Ravi Dykema – http://www.mcs.ca/vitalspark/2020_schools/312crtn03.html (My paragraphing and numbering – Roger_

PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE EXTRACT

THOMAS MERTON – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton

D T SUZUKI – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._T._Suzuki

MEISTER ECKHART – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meister_Eckhart

CHENU – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Dominique_Chenu

DREWERMANN – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Drewermann

MATTHEW FOX – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_Spirituality

In ‘Contemplation in a World of Action’ Merton…

In ‘Contemplation in a World of Action’, Merton quotes a Sufi scholar to emphasize the importance of crossing over into what he calls “transcultural maturity,” a place where all boundaries fall:

“The person who has attained integration is no longer limited by the culture in which he has grown up. ‘He has embraced all of life… He has experienced qualities of every type of life, ordinary human existence, intellectual life, artistic creation, human love, religious life. He passes beyond all these limited forms, while retaining all that is best and most universal in them, ‘finally giving birth to a fully comprehensive self.’ He accepts not only his own community, his own society, his own friends, his own culture, but all mankind. He does not remain bound to one limited set of values in such a way that he opposes them aggressively or defensively to others… With this view of life he is able to bring perspective, liberty and spontaneity into the lives of others.”

The finally integrated [human being] is a peacemaker, and that is why there is such a desperate need for our leaders to become such men of insight.

SOURCE http://mertonmovie.com/blog/2013/8/15/guest-post-why-the-time-is-right-for-the-divine-comedy-of-thomas-merton

JUXTAPOSITION Dearest Jesus Teach me to be generous…

JUXTAPOSITION

Dearest Jesus,

Teach me to be generous,
To love and serve you as you deserve,

To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labour and to look for no reward,

Except that of knowing that
I do your Holy Will.

Amen – Prayer of St. Thomas Merton

BE GENEROUS IN PROSPERITY….

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.

Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.

Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men.

Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.

Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.

Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.-0-

A prayer revealed by Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith

Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s…

“Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness, and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent and infinitely abundant Source. Contemplation is, above all, an awareness of the reality of that Source.”

Thomas Merton
New Seeds of Contemplation