Moving Toward God
The Emerson Center for Spiritual Awakening, Redwood City, CalifSeptember 16, 2001
Join me today in affirming for your self:
"Blessed be this day and this place." --Kahlil Gibran
"The thing that matters is not what you bear, but how you bear it."--Seneca
We do not move toward God by understanding.
As long as we cling
to what we can understand,
imagine, or even desire,
especially as long as we depend
on our own efforts,
we will not reach God,
who transcends all that we are,
all that we can achieve.
We must move
from knowing to unknowing,
from daylight to the night of faith.
Our spiritual ascent
is a journey by night.
Faith is our only light.
Therefore we must begin our ascent to God
with minds and souls emptied
of whatever images, whatever ideas of him
have come through our senses.
The light of faith
does not improve our human intellect;
it overwhelms it.
--St. John of the Cross
"Be still and know I am GOD. I will be exalted among the heathen. I will be exalted in the Earth."--Psalm 46:10
"I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good inside."--Anne Frank
"With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope."--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy...but anywhere is the center of the world."--Black Elk