David G Benner – Knowing Oneness

David G Benner shares with us today a wonderful reflection of the essential human thirst for oneness in Christ. This will sound quite familiar, even if, possibly, more holistic and challenging, for those acquainted with the Eastern Orthodox concepts of theosis or deification, and with the classic universal Christian concept of mystical union.

I will let you read the entre text on Dr Benner’s blog, but here is, as a teaser, a beautiful prayer rooted in the indigenous Lakota concept of Mitakuye Oyasin – in English, “all my relations.” Enjoy!

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and carries the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One is not more important than the other. Each evolves from the other and yet each is dependent upon the others. All of us are a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.

Read HERE the entire post.

 

 

 

For Unto Us A Child Is Born

May you all be blessed with the celebration of the incarnation of God, who became like us in everything, except sin, so that, by grace, we can become like him.

Richard Rohr: Unpacking Paradoxes | contemplation in action, as I try to live it…

Richard Rohr: Unpacking Paradoxes | contemplation in action, as I try to live it….

This sounds very much like the neo-Palamite understanding of deification in contemporary Orthodox theology. Mind this:

The Western mind prefers to  interpret things “instrumentally” that is, in terms of cause and effect  This is what Scholastic philosophy called an “efficient cause”, but it is not really helpful in understanding spiritual things.  It is too linear, mechanical, and never gets close to the multilayered mystery of any event, least of all something as profound as this.  Redemption becomes a kind of heavenly transaction between Jesus and God– but we are not really in on the deal. It happened then but not also now.  I might be grateful but I am not really engaged.

So try this:  “Christ died for our sins” means that he died in solidarity with– and in loving communion with–all human failure, mistakes, and absurdity–and thus made them non-absurd!  (“With our sins” might be the more helpful preposition than “for our sins”.)  All human suffering and even our failures can henceforth be seen as part of the entire mystery of transformation into God. ‘