A man should shine with the divine Presence without having to work at it. One must be permeated with divine Presence, informed with the form of beloved God who is within him, so he may radiate that Presence without working at it.
– Meister Eckhart

If you can believe this, Facebook has a Meister Eckhart group! There are only 20 members, but still! Anyway I found this wonderful quote there from Eckhart’s Talks of Instruction. I love it because I think we spend, at least I do, an awful lot of time resisting the Divine. By trying to control everything we waste enormous amounts of energy. What would life look like if we didn’t resist it? How much natural creativity would flow out of us if we just opened completely to the One?

I touch God in my song
as the hill touches the far-away sea
with its waterfall.

The butterfly counts not months but moments,
and has time enough.

Let my love, like sunlight, surround you
and yet give you illumined freedom.

Love remains a secret even when spoken,
for only a lover truly knows that he is loved.

Emancipation from the bondage of the soil
is no freedom for thee.

In love I pay my endless debt to thee
for what thou art.

8 Responses “Resistance”

  1. Jan says:

    Thank you. I don’t have anymore words for “conversation” though.

  2. Jan, see you on your blog soon!

  3. gartenfische says:

    Lovely. The Eckhart brought to mind Merton’s statement: There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.

  4. Gartenfische, I love that! I must read some Merton. I keep coming across the most amazing quotes from him. I’m slowly pulling myself out of the Middle Ages….

  5. It’s funny I was just about to comment that I keeping coming across Meister Eckhart in the same way that you said you keep coming across Merton. I am drawn to read more deeply the work of both of these great men. The college at which I work (over)emphasizes the importance of “going to the source.” Currently, I find myself swimming in lots of lovely commentary, but only relying on the masters for quick verses and soundbytes – the exact opposite way from which I want to truly absorb wisdom. I think it time to take the advice that surrounds me every day…

    And “How much natural creativity would flow out of us if we just opened completely to the One?” strikes such a chord in me – a resistant chord. You are so correct, but an inner voice said “that is the advice for visual artists.” Somehow I am choosing to define creativity in the most narrow sense – to my detriment. I think it time to reevaluate that too.

    My, my – your post has given me many homework assignments I didn’t know I needed- thank you for that!

  6. oliver says:

    Hi everyone, if you’re on facebook please join the Eckhart group:

    Come along, learn, and start great discussions!

  7. Oliver, thanks for stopping by! I’ll add the link into the post above. Thanks for starting the group…


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