April 6, 2005

The Slumbering Christ

“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continually return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto itself. Yielding to these persuasions, gladly committing ourselves in body and soul, utterly and completely, to the Light Within, is the beginning of true life. It is a dynamic center, a creative Life that presses to birth within us. It is a Light Within that illumines the face of God and casts new shadows and new glories upon the human face. It is a seed stirring to life if we do not choke it. It is the Shekinah of the soul, the Presence in the midst. Here is the Slumbering Christ, stirring to be awakened, to become the soul we clothe in earthly form and action. And (God) is within us all.”

Thomas Kelly

4 comments:

Larry said...

Thank you, Meredith; it is coming alive in me!

gratefulbear said...

"Eternity is in our hearts" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We are all, each of us, the Light of the World, because the Light Within shines in us all.

"James" said...

Speaking of Christ, I believe that he was at heart a mystic. I especially love and appreciate the Gospel of Thomas. Not to mention the New Testament. Although I feel that the Thomas writings are more pure. I don't know why exactly since I'm not a Christian but It just seems that this gospel remainded hidden for so many years and was only recently found. I don't know if I have made any sense with this comment. I'm just kind of rambling lol.

Meredith said...

Definitely, James, Christ was a mystic. He spoke so poetically about the Beloved's presence within him, just as Rumi, Kabir, Hafiz, Emerson, Rilke, Meister Ekhart, Hildegard of Bingen, Mechthild of Magdeburg and so many other mystics have done. Their prose and poetry leads us all to a vision and experience of the world as not only a friendly and heavenly place, but a place where we, too, are one with the Beloved. Amazing!