Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Contemplation as Divine Therapy!
From Richard Rohr's daily Meditation today:
I have heard it said that the gaze of delight between a mother and the baby at her breast is the beginning of the capacity for intimate relationship. We spend the rest of our lives hoping for that moment again: that kind of safety; that kind of security; that kind of feeding; that kind of living inside of one world, where we are delighted in and loved. That is the True Self. Perhaps the most perfect image of this we can find is the Madonna with the Baby Jesus. This is the most common painting in Western art museums, I am told, probably because there is absolute wholeness mirrored in the gaze of love between mother and child. As Jung said, we paint the images our soul needs to see.
We also become the God we connect with. That’s why it’s so important to know the true God, and not some little, punitive, toxic god, because then you don’t grow up, but live in fear and pretense. Contemplation, as Thomas Keating says, is the divine therapy. We know God and we know ourselves by inner prayer journeys and not by merely believing in doctrines or living inside of church structures. God’s way of dealing with us becomes our way of dealing with life and others. We eventually love others, quite simply, as we have allowed God to love us, which should create quite a loving world.
Wowza, the last paragraph speaks, actually sings to me, so very much!
"Contemplation is the DIVINE THERAPY. We know God and ourselves by our inner prayer journey and not by doctrines…"
I am learning to live into this and these words are so powerful and true for me. God was so far away and judgmental for so many years even though I was in the church all of my life but now I'm experiencing love in a whole new way. Therapy actually led me to God.
"God's way of dealing with us becomes our way of dealing with life and others." And until we fully believe how much God (or Higher Power) loves us and we open ourselves to seeing that, we then are able to give it away. It's not even hard to give it away, it just comes bursting out as something that you have to do. It's a way of life.