Meister Eckhart Day

Today is Meister Eckhart appreciation day! Meister Eckhart is a 14th century German mystic. A Domincan Friar, who was extremely controversial in his time even being tried for heresy. He is a true Neo-Platonist, who see God as fundamentally creative, overflowing ceaselessly with life. Much of Eckhart’s work focuses on the via negativa- finding the Divine in absence. He points us always to the state of pre-being, of Nothingness, which births forth Being.

Sometimes I have spoken of a light that is uncreated and not capable of creation and that is in the soul. I always mention this light in my sermons; and this same light comprehends God without medium, uncovered, naked, as he is in himself; and this comprehension is understood as happening when birth takes place. (pg. 198)

This “uncreated light” is the womb of God. Eckhart tells us that it is within each of our soul’s. If, as artists, we can connect with this deepest place within us, our creative process will resonate with the Divine. For more click here.

3 Responses “Meister Eckhart Day”

  1. gartenfische says:

    Interesting!

    Eckhart also said, “Suffering is the fleetest animal that bears you to perfection.” (Reminded me of you.)

    My favorite Eckhart quote is: “God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by subtracting.”

    I’m going to have to wrangle up an Eckhart post!

  2. Great quotes! I can’t wait to see your post…

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