Finding God Within requires one to enter into and live with a fidelity to the economy of grace.
When you enter the economy of grace, the “up and to the right” metrics used by our dominant culture to assess how one is doing in life begin to fall away.
New currencies appear. They are effortless. And more satisfying.
Essentially, the economy of grace is about investing in God and divesting in ego.
Ego stands for Edging God Out.
God runs the economy of grace where rewards flow unearned and everyone is in.
Ego likes to feel it won because it was best and the rewards it enjoys are only for a very few — the very few who have proved how good they are at winning.
God’s grace flows through the currency of Love available to all.
If it rejoices because others can’t have it, it’s ego. If it weeps because it didn’t get what it thinks it deserves, it’s ego.
Finding God within, I’ve found, is not possible unless I ask God to show me my ego and then to take it from me through whatever means necessary.
Meister Eckhart, who said, “he converts thee not without thy help,” suggests a number of ways to assist God in this process. As these posts unfold, we’ll touch on many of them in more detail.
- Be utterly passive
- Seek the hidden or “dark” way
- Still the body and the mind
- Be firmly fixed in God
- Give up externals
- Empty yourself
” You should pray for God’s will alone, and nothing else, and then you get everything.”Meister Eckhart
While practicing the guidance from Meister Eckhart is not easy, I know from experience that if you take these steps with a faithful heart, God will do the rest.