How do we find God? How do we even start?
Meister Eckhart says that the man who finds no taste of God wearies of looking for him. One of the criticisms of Christianity, and one of the reasons why many young Christians turn to the East, to Buddhism or to Hinduism, is that in Christianity there is no apparent help with method. How do we find God? How do we even start? Eckhart is one of the Christians who faces this and accepts it as a problem. Good intentions are not always enough. We need instruction in how to make ourselves fit to receive the revelation of God, to receive the eternal birth.Ursula Fleming
An invitation to birth Christ in your soul
Our identification with the dominant culture of winning and consumerism had all but edged God out of daily life when the Quarantine of 2020 hit.
When we were shut down, many of us opened up and felt the stirring of our awakening hearts in new ways.
I see this as a collective call to the interior life necessary to find God within and consent to the birth of the Word in our innermost beings.
A mystical teacher for this moment
Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 to c. 1328) was a German theologian, philosopher and spiritual seeker who I was introduced to in the Living School during my studies there from 2013 to 2015.
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in my hometown, exposing the virus of systemic racism on top of the deadly Coronavirus, Meister Eckhart’s words from his first sermon about the birth of the word in the soul filled my mind.
Feeling like we are suffering from “a death of the soul, a disquieting of the heart, and a sorrow of the spirit” right now, I decided to refocus my art and reflections around teachings from Meister Eckhart’s sermons.
“The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart,” translated in English from German by Maurice O’ C Walshe, will be my guide.
I invite you to follow along with my weekly reflections and find your own way to God within.
I’ll tag the reflections “Finding God Within” so you can jump in anytime and follow along as you are called to support your own process of “birthing the Word in your soul.”
What does it avail that this birth is always happening, if it does not happen to me?
That it happens to me is what matters.Meister Eckhart, Sermon One
Let’s take a journey into your heart together.