Contemplation and Inner Experience

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Class on contemplative prayer using Thomas Merton's The Inner Experience.

Class V

Contemplative Prayer Set 1 of 2



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so next time i hope today we can finish or subject or inadequate coverage of conversation and a content with their experience with the new testament next time go on to merton section number four on the kinds of contemplation
section number for their experience with you could read that before next time
whether our best be on tuesday we hope or on wednesday or whatever next week
okay gonna do but planet for wednesday
i think is yeah
fred survived centuries great anxiety is what is a meter or is out of sun exposure and nobody thought a simmering with the eucharist
okay well we could start a little earlier play or get started nine thirty that are good people time
for one such plan on wednesday night earnings you don't worry

okay so we dove into the ocean of the new testament where with this idea of contemplation told an admirable and
we'd find it weird
the insignificant but it doesn't quite correspond with robbery minor the new testament it said there's something else happening in the new testament the dynamism those hate those kind of expansiveness there's a kind of convexity
there's just something bulging out in the digestion testament which
doesn't remain within the notion that brother crystal and notion of contemplation that we heard like from the greek tradition from the classical tradition so and this was quite exciting
we made one faces which i like to keep in the back of our minds were were studying this and the new testament and that is that the core of the word and particularly the the new testament is the unity of divine reality that's communicated in other words it's as if the new testament the word is the show of this gift which
as being given to humanity which itself is what the holy spirit is divine wisdom is the unity of divine reality so which becomes one with us and dwells within us and the word of a new testament the words themselves or a kind of commentary on just go to exegesis of this one great gift for his jesus came to give
which is himself but himself as
as our so and so the contemplative experience with vision kind of gulliver's i'm kind of of breaking into consciousness or awakening to this unity which we have him jesus oh jesus which is a very one i've got
hear o israel lord your god is one
and then it is expressed in love as he had moved from the ontological know being that we have of a oneness which is simply one or it's more one that are wrong one person so my peers are things you can but don't really have come into language grew with but then it expresses itself in about and you show love the larger guy with you wholeheartedly home
modern the whole strike on so you do find a pre figuration division in the old testament i think especially in wisdom books like wisdom on com chapter
so we're talking about penetrating into the core of the new testament i believe now but
first i'd like to run through the introduction you haven't and i've number six and then look at a few of the texts that are listed and i may add a couple more but we don't have countered with road and i live up to you and i recommend it as a worthwhile exercise to look at those texts can the light of the idea
and some are more appropriate than others
but what you're finding as a kind of wild
proliferation of this notion of contemplation in a whole different directions and the direction of knowledge in the direction of the understanding of the mystery in the direction of love in the direction of
chameleon kind of me at all these things
as being the various expressions of that one central reality central reality not be in contemplation contemplation it's just a word
which more or less corresponds to experience but the central reality being that at one reality of god as it becomes one with us and as we awaken to it as are wrong and been
okay the general idea and out six part a there
has expressed in that number one and i've just spent that's what i've just been saying for and will say that that the word that
incarnate and jesus is the visible of the invisible which is good
so another father because the invisible of jesus and jesus and the word is the visible of the father and father doesn't mean they're of what we usually think of when we hear the word father and in christianity father and it's been almost unendurable god other is the the hypothetically conceived
reality beyond all of our names all of our images from never pseudo dionysius but that's already in the new testament but the father and that unnamed about an unspeakable invisible got the mystery as karl rahner closer and it's a wonderful revival a name for god
where they needed no time the mystery
is expressed an experienced through word and through spirit through the word which is the visible through the spirit which is the emotive communication of good so that and this is what martin says that the spirit becomes out some how our own spirit and it comes around like our own show and has almost unnamed
well itself for that reason it's the divine reality as participated known only through participation known only as you are one with it and what a marvellous thing at it to know god only in so far as you are one with gut
the that goes a lot farther than possession we talk about possessing the holy spirit but it goes on a deeper
to the point of identity identity which are not static on just a thing that's just an acquisition or were a state but a participated life a dynamism
okay number two this experience initially in the initiation that is in baptism it's extremely important and it's way behind this in a modern christianity way out of touch me to the to initiation the charismatic movement
to some extent we covered this experience that tends to recover it in a narrow and sometimes a theological vacuum sometimes i'm very narrow cultural setting which which to fundamentalism but it is it is a recovery and these partial of the baptismal experience
so it happens first and baptism and consequently baptism as degraded illumination and photos much the explosion of the divine light the uncreated light experienced in the luminosity of ones on sale now there's something else but as if the sun were to arise within you as you come out of the waters
it's very important to read the baptism of jesus and update gospels from that perspective
and it's intended that's where the baptism of jesus is kind of inauguration and kind of overture and some of the gospel and implicitly and john guts from the prologue and in the first chapter because that's your own experience the gospel it's a great out chew and saying look this is what you if you have been baptized this baptism of
jesus and everything that follows it is simply that what would you call it a projection and images in a history and a narrative
and in words of that which is within you have that would you you're rich you and had to pull the total exquisitely in that language of course what you have received
and then it's present in every aspect of life but especially in some critical aspect of right and the life of the fellowship that is in love and economy it of the community and and and they probably call it in a pinch of of persecution that is and
the witness mercury
and also m service and and his father thomas that related those were monterrey and the can at one time
both of which come out of the kind of that can sort of the fundamental experience with the community and then monasticism we started how these two experiences of the unity of expressed in a solitary life in the community but the kind of neha of the brethren member for communists and sang well as direct papers main track but he's interested in is this is this
koinonia this communion of love which has been given and then we have the contemplative experience being a depths of a personal
being which is represented by solitude of presented by the media the hundred so the commandments have the advantage of bringing both lives together and doing that between a regenerating so what we call the unrest and attention to drive us back to the source to find out there
real madrid have a beginning is and what the totality is now we don't speak much here at the moment of contemplation and new testament doesn't vary much because that's not what's important what's important is not so much the the particular circumscribed experience the peak experience which important
is the change ontological change there's the new being and the new life with fresh from it what's important is not the moment when you experience it what's important is that reality which is beneath the skin of your whole life which is posting and shining and burning beneath the surface of all of our life and trying to express
it's of in our own behavior in our own relationships that's what's important and so that's what the new testament now so it's not like you have a a goldmine here or there were an oil well here are there the whole earth is full of goal of the whole earth is full of oil
so it's the change is that no being and baptism represents them
but there are others been comments and your private restaurants and expressed by same as i remember i was carried to the third haven't heard words which cannot be edited but notice that a lot of the other experience which we might consider a particular experience our visions and revelations and things like that and the know
testament they seem to be something else but i'm willing to bet that all of those experiences are accompanied by what we're talking about as unity of experience in other words the mark of the touch of god mark of the epiphany of the the appearance of presence are coming or advent of god is that you wanted to be
experience where the center of your being has touched and so every one of those experiences no matter if they are expressed in and very dramatic terms you know that the angel comes there's nothing like that for being carried to dessert heaven or hearing words are seeing something as of all through revelation that book of revelation are those are implicitly accompany
the what kind of experience we're talking about the image of experience that is the opening and awakening and activation in the kindling of the center of your being the unit itself
the number of five there
the contemplative thing becomes presupposed after a while it's it's as if
it's as if the pool has been filled with me and you're just fish swimming around and this point you don't talk about the water anymore you talking about something else the water becomes presupposed the light becomes be supposed and you talk about what you see in the like your vision is presupposed you don't talk about our vision much we've got a problem with what you what we talk about what we see
we don't talk about so much about the life we don't comment usually on the quality of life unless we have it on aesthetic inclination or a particular experience of like a change of like let us say the constant light in which we see the constant light in which we understand and which we it we know that's not an object of us
tension vision
and consequently the new testament is so loaded with this contemplative experience that are just disappears and becomes a normal medium of the christian life it becomes the water in which the after the new person switch from lives
okay now where to look for in a new testament for this expression to this contemplative experience first of all baptism and we keep returning to them because i think it's very important for us
it's the key to understanding and the first place where where this contemplation and isn't it just you find it everywhere but took the door into that realization is the understanding of what baptism for the christians for the early christian community it was moving from darkness into light simply that and life good neighbor described
when the light comes on how to describe them when a vine man in john's gospel says i was blind and now by see what more could you say what can you say about what can you say about light after a light is and especially when you get to the intellectual like by the spiritual light and divine like the uncreated like what can you say about then you can only
talk about the things you see and that like light itself is beyond are divided language it's beyond the words okay so it's only silence somehow the silence of enter antelope and then the light shelf has its own kind of speech
secondly the kind of the year that word koinonia is very very important
and that's you know this whole issue of what's the church this issue of the models of the church or idea of the church opened up after vatican two and the center of gravity that the basic model changes from the institution the kind of a perfect society where the perfect institutional structure
changes from that to the clan here the kind of here which is not only the gift of god but is god's own shelf until my gods on life pour it out to be the why would you got the medium to be the the common possession of of his people
and the love which is a expression and which in some ways they've done is identical with but i like to make a little distinction and because the gift is not only to give to god love but it's it's somehow substantial at some of the gift of god's being that's what the going and a image and the love which
we express one to another is an expression that is a kind of what would you call it incarnation of that something like that it's like at some point they talk about remember the reality of his arguments they talk about
the the red is that what does your one
reza sacramento i get too complicated what i mean there's on one mobile you've got the grace and on the not available whether you've got the expression which is love someone to talk about the kind of andrographis this basic level that's deeper primordial level of the grace which has given at which then expressing yourself i don't say
an axe or manifestations of work
what a g unit to know being which has given which is not as deeply personal
couldn't you may seem low gardening it's not just a kind of second movement or same level get the deepest memory yes that head very good to share sharing the new contracts know when john was that gotta love that shooting me so i don't want to keep the word love on the upper level and it goes all the way down now
you kept so i can't say that kind of a deeper than love that they both go to the bottom
they're identical i'm just a different a different mortgage you no nuances of expression
a third place is the knowledge of god analogy of christ or of the mystery of christ mystery that in the language of for now when you find that talked about it presupposes and carries with it the sense of a contemplative knowledge of a yana to now
that's not explicit very often and yet the a mystery itself is is is a mystery of unity when paul talks about mystery talking about the jews and has been put together which is a kind of when you call it algebra for the whole of creation being but together in jesus on the cross and resurrection of jesus
so the what you're looking at the object the mystery itself the janitor but your experience of it in so far as you as you know it imposed terms is a partition the participation of that industry it's a knowledge of that ministry which is a unit of experience and which as i said is accompanied but some kind of unity of grace
i think it could presume that wherever these things are being talked about
number for participation haryana to relationship in christ in the one body that yes
and you and your facts the mystery salaries due to keep asking the idea of this tree sell or includes of whole creation i'm thinking more of the christ mystery at this point because we can talk about mystery on different levels and maybe the deepest level it would simply be
the divine mystery god as mystery but that's not what i mean here what i mean here is paws my mystery and calls mystery of courage yeah and then we say the beach crying at precisely the summing up all things and the crack and encroached and credit as so we a including petra the
exactly history nature and usually it talks about of times are jews and gentiles and other energy lays it out along the historical line that first salvation was confined to the jews now it's it's open to the gentiles but actually
i remember this is an image
you know erica
met the years over a year
and the jumped over there
and god here
and creation that you know at this hour with a gin and other part of creation and i think this is the pictures and for my have changed when the bringing of the news into that means the near and afar named the the first people that god takes to be his arm and then everybody gentiles
all of humanity and was a big with the whole cosmos
so it goes from the center you can purchase it here on ebay to somebody if doing it another way and havent gotten the debt creation of everything is ready to go to heaven and earth jews and gentiles golf pulled together by jesus and jesus on the growth it's not only
the the desert jesus's death resurrection
it seems to be so that would you go to the paradigm of the mystery ministry and of mine this okay and i'm poli minor provisions and consumption

now he uses this language in christ in hemp constant like okay and every time he uses it he's referring to this unit to mr and there's also a kind of what would you call it experiential aura around this this is not jumping into that cause talking about
this is something and experience out of which he comes to talk about it and which presupposes there's also your experience the experience of being in christ
ha the sacramental that as eucharistic participation rate talks about he doesn't talk about the eucharist often from obviously for and john didn't talk about it at all explicitly or implicitly there's a lot of it
i think the last supper it's like a translation of the eucharistic experience and to another level level of wisdom chef antral new crisp but in paul and he talks about as one breads overall wontons on because there's one grid if a we're on that kind of it's another angle into
the same reality
six now we get to language there are words which seemed to be simply synonyms for the same central unit of reality and i've listed a few of them there so there's a centripetal movement among words and the new testament so that say truth and grace and glory
three and the power of god and all of these things seem to be pulled together so that they simply represent a shame one thing
different aspects different facets perhaps different experiences of the same reality but often it seems almost to be the same experience with the shane reil said a recent trip at all
dynamism going up among the word in the new testament and number seven is a centrifugal that's that were not so good at that point but i mean as a word tends to to explode so that it opens up and becomes inclusive so that it swallows only other words
so that it seems to itself express the central mystery and then be exchangeable with a bunch of other words these are probably just two sides of the same process but in the mark that we study that we're para dos is a judiciary handing over and you see it here you see it there changed to me in two different things but it's the same word and somehow
it's expressing a theological unity between those two different spheres between us two different events lot of say let us say the betrayal of jesus and jesus handing himself over in the eucharist or paul saying this was ended down to me and i handed over to you and he's talking about the because and that one word for
cause the whole all sides of the ministry together and made you just staring into the center of it
and there are other words like that
then unit of symbolism and there i speak especially if the paradise embolism because at least in john's gospel he uses the paradise symbolism of the the to creation accounts of the first and second chapters of genesis
as a means of pulling the whole new testament to get it pulling the whole mystery together now why is it is because when you talk about adam and eve or usually just of adam and adam corresponding to christ okay the first person and the last person add on the father of all
human beings and jesus the son of man who is the last one who collects them all into i'm so so there's a kind of this a key as okay to create your identity sacred history and holds it all together in a very simple way now remember also that you are adam and i am at and your sister is that are trip
with is is not it's not a mentor the agenda word know it's the one humanity the prime on the primordial a human person was also the last human person jesus as i'm the beginning in the end
and when you when you get into that symbolism therefore you're putting everything together and relating it immediately to the individual as well as we are in adam so we are also encouraged
so it's very powerful means in john's gospel pulling in altogether especially in chapter twenty and towards the end of count gospel
but in other but there's a writer on mark's gospel because we circled around and says that the title son of man which uses uses for himself always as this adam reference to it
so that money should we is referring to himself as this not of managed referring to himself as this
primordial this primal human being who contains all humanity within himself and therefore as he walks around among you you see him as the central point which is attracting everything i think i show and everything else to a job to bring them all together and got okay
so that languages is accompanied by so soaked in this unit tips and so and you find a lot of the symbolism of
of the garden or the place the special place for get hebrews and our chapters three and four
and the sabbath is another
creation turn your and other genesis term and the tree the tree of life often it's is just another tree and gooding across okay
and the the central place oliver and was pulling into this first place the place of the of the creation as it was the place which is in got before the eviction before the the separation and division and the river of living waters
if you read john with an attention to that kind of symbolism you'll be amazed at what what comes out
also the symbolism of the city and of the template of the holy of holies those are all centers successive centers
which are often associated with the paradise symbolism and the promised land and the sabbath risk
never mind i'm sorry to take so long my this especially because already read this terrible irony and paradox i put them all together even though they're especially powerful as something different but these are places where obscurity is used in order to communicate it's a kind of for me to call a violent use of
the apathetic were obscurity is used out to as it were force you to to a unity of insight which might present collar
where the difficulty the obscurity the opaqueness of the text is exactly that which the it puts darkness before you it darkens your mind so that the unity of like may flash
so that can i have a perception and awakening of the whole knowledge of the one dollar
you don't have to agree with that i think you'll find it and verifies hm
this wonderful parables and mercy look like the prodigal son so eminently to we are samaritan or a medium this week coming up sky on luke acts in is now so you to return these some just christological tail switch can have your lawn
chico etc but the sense of humor get of christ is border can sue to apply your net worth a try i says the good shepherd a trend also the messiah especially the messiah christ geometric christos because the anointed one what say and i didn't want a night of with his anointed with the holy spirit which makes you one with him and with what makes you the
child of god in him okay so his anointing and member where was it somewhere niche and actually say whether that's one the the favorable were called christians for the first time cristianos now that word christian carries the word anointing whether it carries christos with it or messianic
whatever it into the hero it carried anointing with it so the christian as the anointed one just as the christ is the united on and the anointing as this very intuitive and i think of the holy spirit that is of the divine unity of being so activity on a unit of total a number of them are you ashamed
as a human beings crisis we're on were casting your opinions on situations it separators areas are overcoming price natural and they tend to be pulled together into the one what would you call a healing of the resurrect
one okay that is jesus going into doesn't coming out of again and are coming out of it in him the healings tend to be reflections of that and the exorcism the casting out of blooming friendship bridge there's so many and mark's gospel i think implicitly or the the the purifying of the house so that the unity of spirit of god
can come and dwell on that so even they have a yellow to member of the demon was legion jesus as what's your name and he says my name is regent for what many a curious thing we want and many of the same time so jesus casts him out and thus claims that house which is the human being and it's not just one dumont
yeah it gets everybody adjusted to the one humanity the one have an person as it were which is cleansing so that the one the unity of spirit and commend to it and bring it together in the energy which has got so
so without forcing a lot of those text too much the the unity of thing is fairly close to the surface
even in places where you have a member of the the servants in the vineyard the vineyard capers who come at the first hour and the third hour and nine eleven terror and they all get the penny you'll get the same the same page pay
so what's the penny
watch them in areas but what everyone
and all of the banquet change and other parallels with a wedding back on what is their wedding because the wedding banquet is the unity of being a god open to participation and were all we all get married and we all drink of that pine which is the to and it work a africa
the elder son in the parable of the prodigal son doesn't want to go lynch and that's how i refuse or
that probably going for that sharing the feast of very being the one day god
okay then the recognition and conversion change and the gospel when you see a woman come up and touch jesus and of jesus cloak or something like that and she knows she's here with and oven and suddenly you know she's filled with with face and wonder what's happening here it's that
at one thing at one reality show this whole business are looking for them and sigh when you look at where you look into the one we've been waiting for the one we had got a lot got a lot of people preach to the where's that real one which declares that one
and so that recognition which accompanies sometimes healing sometimes just encountering jesus you know when that when the light comes on at recognition of of what that is what that has appeared in the middle of the world this one reality that just loaded with that kind of experience than and it's an invitation to watch too
enter into that experience of the recognition once again jesus
our own encounter with jesus through the the figure of cases on the gospels see that's that's trying to happen to us again and again and again whenever at power that light flashes out of jesus it's an invitation to us once again to experience that whatever it is now for whatever interesting
to of gotten to the only thing it's the only reality the one thing the light the light is there what like the only like there's only one nine and it's the same like that lights up inside of so the less noted an interesting comes to work like that of which it's not telling you about science of i'm telling you about contemplation abstract
three or doesn't make about them to that the experience with the spirit and it's not showing you one person who has just add a contemplative experience or something like that it's somehow drawing you in through the luminosity of what it contains an order presents which is all centered in the figure of jesus
drawing you into that experience which is an ignorant of recognition but the recognition and jesus is actually the awakening yourself with the same snake
where jesus john etymology this is that i'am expression was it mean for a human being for a man to say i am is you only saying that so that we all fall down at his feet are busy saying that so that we will realize whenever we reflect on her own identity whatever we say i am so that will feel within us that residents that sort
surge of the of the i am god of the divine being which has given to us and him so when he says that he's saying that for us in some way the i am of jesus becomes in some way around for just say not just our confession of faith but or affirmation or amen as it were are there
information becomes what would you call it a residence
an expression a container of the of the being of gut
okay then they're crunchy texture i put the first letter of john of the beginning because patrick as anything else when an interesting time which so so so i voted for this military experience
but before taking a few examples from that father joseph brought up the fact that peace and optic us because we're missing here of which is an unforgivable piece of snobbishness snoke
and he mentioned one or two most part one wonderful one is a place where jesus says she is is exalted in the holy spirit and said i thank your product and getting this from the the wide and time and you can just see jesus had mine just filled with it with that experience that that experience of the one i'm talking about the this
part ones who can't somehow
can't receive that because they know too much whose latest darkness there's no way because it checked out the emotive right we have to ask us or what kind of knowledge that is your checks out to real knowledge
so that's in
look ten
twenty one and two thousand and four and then you've got matthew eleven twenty five to thirty which
which corresponds to that and which adds something as well
another place with think yeah but it features and robbing oh yeah yeah the execution of
the st luke hey
there votes a wonderful those detection and what is i've come to me i'm
and or you who are heavy laden and not follow is inviting and heavily related to i could like martha there and i was busy of that many things that's it he's inviting you into that place and the yoke the yoke which joins you know invites you to take on my yoke and it's ironic because the yoga something heavy but this year because the very discovery of political
the divine one in which burden simply become already to call it irrelevant in some way and this experience of the divine being expansion of divine oneness is the multiplicity and so i'm going to ways this town on the division
but to find the meaning which goes all the way down to the entry to the court which is this oneness of god is to find the arrested he talks to them
and that's of course also as the voice of lady wisdom and the old testament isn't reflected their come to me that language as the language languages the fear
another place in rat few as matthew sixteen at the the when jesus says to me or possibly could go to him and say that i am not who do you say that i and bitter leaf legions as your the christ to kind of the living god and jesus as not flesh and blood haven't revealed this to you but my father was in error so now you've got caught
know okay you got to
you've gotta kind of recognition but there's a lot more than just like factual recognition just that that coming of the titans are a lot more happening
i think it's one certainly one of the and i got the baptism of jesus from especially where the heavens are opened and shown once again you've got contacting say well that's not it is not a put a jeanette and it's an aura that it's it's the content they the expressions that are used at heavens are open the the holy spirit
comes down in a visible as the dumb and sean are nearly what would you call it external or concrete particular isation of that central thing that's happening and this is the great comet of elimination and then also of course the transfiguration and alteration optic gospels on a mountaintop where they see jesus
are filled with this is flight especially as it interpreted that as it gets tradition of the uncreated like a screen
and being seen a human being which means that what you're really experiencing their what the disciples are really experiencing is that same light within their own destiny within their own self as it's going to blossom there after the resurrection
we really have now passed a similar amount of the attitudes i'm thinking that result of accustomed to this more or less greeting that the attitude now if you if you know if you aren't for spirit of the wall enter the kingdom and m and last year you're part of the way he won't seek on a jesuit college and reduce
due to a moralistic usually but there's the real me the communication continents now the blessing and try and be like god be like the son of god you can imagine it's not it's not this is the law long the long that but now at her
and you can just imagine i'm sitting there around again jesus say i'm always on the map
and ginger there at the center and i'm watching them and their hearing these words in this thing and she was just opening up and the she this realization less that are you know and experience
crash the of good
i think you can you can find that very generally the new testament that it's impossible to say where it begins in stops options especially blessed that are you
and we chose to the site of lesser you because you we we can see in religion getting my kind of
it's a question as to work to select and just give to you let's get a just a taste of the first letter of challenge because i think it's very important

and here we may seem to be stretching things but i don't think so

first of all the first chapter right at the beginning and this prologue of the first photo john crouch months you that provided the gospel of john to okay it's a similar kind of formal peace set there with a similar content and first he talks about that which was from the beginning which we have heard what we have seen does it mean
here and see that which was from the beginning it doesn't just mean the beginning of jesus' pastor at the beginning of their knowing him because remember you've got the same expression at the beginning of the prologue of john's gospel so that means what really was from the beginning that means that a light that was from the beginning the one who was from the big
getting the additive being of god we have seen with our eyes which is incredible and heard with areas which is impossible
and touched her their hands even more impossible and we'd tell you about the the only important thing that ever happened in the world and then you them
so that you may have fellowship with us
and our fellowship is with him and go the but now the fellowship sounds like a bond there doesn't have a town like a transaction it's not like some and be twenty something transmitted but it's not the word is going on here and what it is is this very word of life which has been poured out now and which is within us we saw we heard
it we started we heard it outside of i suppose even the word and now we experience it in ourselves and uniting ourselves among ourselves and the spirit and that's the sequel that's the way it goes from the revelation to the unit to being in this one reality
so that's a kind of overture to this letter in which is just to have filled with the same kind of experience
for instance the just following god is light and in him is no darkness if we say we have fellowship not as same word going on here with him while we work and dog is a question of having fellowship with this like another way of participating in this light which is got the divine light john is not stingy
a keeping boundaries and you know
maintaining to quality the separateness of the creature from them from god
god is light and we are in this light that was somehow that's one of the ways in which we share the being a good
but he says if you claim to share the being of god and the light and you don't share the being of god and love and you're a liar okay he said some how does a continuity an absolute continuity between the light and a lot because got his life and kind of love as you say later in the same in the same letter and you can't have one really were
about having another and i think there's a kind of a history of portugal it does it is a sequence there and noticed the sequence from the the word of life and we've seen and heard to the fellowship and now from the light to the love luggage the same sequence
and you'll find that everywhere in the new testament we've referred to that encourages moving from a baptismal mama to the eucharistic mom
no expression for the very pretty fascinating is the red shift you know there's a and physics
a brand-new of the owner of this
as you move away from let's say you're moving away from a star from a white star and as you move away from it since you're moving the light that you get from the start with change in its frequency and wavelength so it moves from white towards you
read as you move away from it okay the red shift
would okay it's because you're not stationary if you are stationary and the star was station and the white like would be wise to year we could do because you're moving moving away it becomes red machine surely to connect that with what's happening here in the new testament but somehow this is it a general a general dynamism and also when your turn
i kind of play and think of the neoplatonic a great notion of kind of patient okay as
as or or the the buddhist notion especially of contemplative experience
a kind of luminous emptiness
a kind of white light up
beyond or being in some sense and here i'm perhaps doing violence to move to what they say right but a general idea of the
the absolute phenomena as absolute also in early christianity and need somebody like a bag various product as okay where it talks about theology at the the knowledge of got the absolute knowledge of can
and then look at the new testament and you'll see the same kind of ship the same kind of movement from the the pure as it were transparency
which we've been talking about also as a baptismal toward something which is more effective which is more a matter of heart than the contemplative intellect version of the ottoman which somehow becoming more human and is moving you might say from light to
fire from
like our knowledge to love and so on and i've been pretty clumsy about this but it just so i got something to do even with our own history as we move but this is the sign of growth of the expanding universe is this redshift if you look at a distant galaxy the stars are they look
rather because it's moving away from us and were moving away from it at a rapid rate has got something to do with the movement of history and the fact that spirituality it's not when we talk about kind of lotion are not talking about it in a static context we're talking about in a context of movement of something parallel to an expanding universe them
movement of history and that some as to do with this shift and we find whether we compared say christian contemplation of the ghoulish contemplation or whether we can look at this woman inside the the christian
christian economy and show from the light to the love which is it necessary fruition
and as fascinating to catch up managed to baptise this illumination was come and if not the to eucharist as you can't be used in biology as this think that the seven seconds are all of the sea level when two people right center is that eucharist in every the gnosis in function to it said even acknowledges it comes first
chronologically it's as preparation proper duty to be into eucharist so you can be something like that us names and illumination that not just the air that's right let's see the light itself is dynamic the light has to go somewhere it doesn't want to stay as light it's like isaiah thirty five percentage remember herzliya
the rain or snow come down from heaven and sink into the earth and come forth and the rain there's no want to turn into something now and they have to do something they don't want to remain managed somebody the light itself doesn't mean as life that's one of the other things have been conducted like we think that it's kind of work towards greater and greater the illumination and then you get these stories talked if your
people on and say well i had enormous contemporary spanish before came in in a monastery and i never did again
and you begin to wonder whether something wrong it's partly i think because the light comes on the beginning the illumination is the beginning of life and what comes afterwards is a kind of transformation in which the light itself is transformed and which your transform
we don't want from from illumination to illumination from splendor to splendor and on the level of of experience with show and i this is a big story and but will come back to it later on
this is very bible movement of transformation into look good
it's like i'm some kind of a portion of the light which wants to be continue be born and other way

i wanted especially to find out a section on the anointing and chapter two
twenty two twenty seven
you have been anointed by the holy one of you all know now what are they know nothing in particular they just dropped they know everything
because there's a certain energy which is in charge of which knows everything they need the energy of the spirit as it would
which is which is somehow all wisdom everything else is just the notes but dutch the at the music
not because you do not know the job because you know it and know that no lies at the truth
that what you heard from the beginning abide in you now what is this that they heard the minutes the gospel but it's also got to do with their baptism i were to the in writing i'm convinced his the baptismal grace
the anointing as the anointing you might share with the word with a light with the truth but especially thought of as the baptismal illumination in which the whole gospel somehow as contained after they heard the catechesis after they are other words it's the baptism at so that illumination of which makes the words present as one thing within themselves which is a
identical with themselves in some way we talked about christ and uniting and christian and that's what this is about machine that an awning which is very annoying how about with the wisdom of god police chases the word of god
the anointing which he received from him a by junior of and you have no need that anyone should teach you so he'll say at this point to the anointing a by and you and you must abide in the annoying and he'll say in another place abide in him and let him abide in you and then they'll say and another place or bite god's love and that
i love abide in you and then a switzer spirit rose and human soon as she gets all want their just expressions for the same one reality which eludes language because it's so big that it includes all language
as his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and has no lie just as it has taught you abide in him
so abide in the anointing it abides in new and the new abide in him you have circular and frustrating languages until we realize that this one thing that it's trying to get across to it i'm not really trying to get across to is trying to awaken within us because it belongs to us when you talked about in owning it this is like that know
initiation into the initiation you have received this now as it awakened within you are you aware of this have you forgotten are you still do you still know this is still living in the light of this which you'd have and what you have become
i think we probably shuddered quit and instead of just trying to her go on to that section for that spend one more section on has been the reason for that is i want to shake up the baptismal thing explosively
and tried to show her baptism and contemplation and airport baptism and a monastic life with its contemplative core
and this unit of self involved in that are directly and continuity of or are all right there together so much as doesn't divulge directly from baptism and as contemplative
awakening or knowledge like was right in the center
lets you can read that section for anywhere we might get to start it or we might spend the whole next time just concluding this christian and especially with the consideration of baptism and the contemplative experience the i think i'll bring in another marty texture to to help for that
merton takes that a pretty well here and the inner experience but i noticed in a new man last two sections of the new man are entirely concerned with the baptismal experience the easter vigil and this new baby
the next to last chapter is called sacramento illumination and what that's about as the baptismal elimination
and in the final chapter is called called out of darkness and where that image comes from is the easter vigil and the number the the fire that comes out of iraq and then that the connection of that with baptism
so that's that's the core of the whole thing so much your precious resource last two chapters of your new man
there are also cut wood passively conjecture that we go the bystander like to bring him to show the connection the monastic life and it's it's own already got so an affinity for the morning for the dawn for vigils and inside with this baptismal thing and will be conducted an experience stop the contemplative life
okay thank you
yeah the keeping sounds like to eat and all you're saying is that there there comes a moment when
there are moments when all this all this is college with within it baptism and all that you're saying liturgy and easter vigil and i are always saying that offices the goodness
the key the key element is the awakening ago that's or and that happens even though it's all there is it it's like wants to emerge will become the life before the explosion say i try to move from the light of the breadline
and that happens for each person that different time
and if your battery
southern it's a for that well originally i think it was a lot more political a lot more predictable and that it usually accompany the baptismal experience now the first part i don't mean so much the the the redshift at this point the of initial elimination seems to have been further consistently we experienced in made that
does than which is in our experience now it's not our experience we were baptized as infants and we may have never had an awakening and what we may have not waking of which we never identified with baptisms she we didn't make the connection nobody told us to make the connection because our tradition has been very much alienated from initiation that's beginning to be recover
right now from several directions but a lot of our our thing as rotarian so how do we get back into intimacy with that original initiation experience and the fullness the china you know and that that likely to start again from the fullness of that light with the necessary that of dynamism of the light to move towards its time
the tongue village and then an accepted it's not a matter of them from elimination communication for one you for making extra illumination transmitters he was that time at church and so the like disappears into the darkness and becomes fire transforming from within and that's that's even which trying to
happened in history and twisting the individual i think but in a world itself you know as christianity and a sense as each light may seem to go into eclipse invitation as to discover the fire and nine that's changing the whole the whole earth though kuzma
yes which brings it down long as the murdered yeah love is the key word language including point a peace of christ he can understand and will we have of i knew in my something guaranteed yourself santa cruz you i'm not sure the love needs
to be eliminated that's the only anything it's likely have to go back and forth just like we are that first moment of new yorkers where we are the
confession of center at the beginning of the good because you know the penitential mom new yorkers it's likely have to put ourselves back in the light of the word and say am i really living in love and then we started over but costumes are from back on track yeah so that the love it love as the point but without a light
changing something else itself just as the like somehow turns into something else if it doesn't look like love love without the line will go bad the lighter side of the salt the again and again renews the love and it's non-essential true character the computer modeling in that time you're thinking of your name
yeah well just that holy spirit gods a lot freer than we think and the thing is that god doesn't doesn't make somebody and just leave him on the shelf or nowhere else man every everybody's everybody's somehow an intimate touch with god
even the people who have never heard of christ
like gotta be how can you imagine a human life that has no relation to god that has no opportunity national to access the men's rims yeah
and to ninety the or of irrigation so that we attempt at a blind previous knowledge sure tend to to know when she needs between you and then all kinds of durations of people who are exhibiting so the trick is to verify that
that in the experience perhaps
the community the community is larger and never come back to the word which is light and the word again and again logical that criticizes i love the gauges love and says whether it's due to return