On Mystics and Matter

Just for something a little different.....

Four videos on the mystical experience

Interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast (Benedictine monk), Maata Lynn Barron (Sufi) and Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man originally aired on LinkTV http://goo.gl/45vHA

Part 2 of 4


Part 3 of 4 


Part 4 of 4

The Appearance of Meaning 

Physicists infer we perceive
      perhaps a single percent
  of what they believe
          to be there.
 "Dark matter" they call
    the un-sensable 99 percent.
      How small the light
     how deep the hunger.

— Christine Gelineau, author of Appetite for the Divine

This poem below is by Rebecca Ellson, an astronomer and poet who died tragically a few years ago. In it she expresses the way astronomers regard the immensity of the universe and the poem also has a spiritual dimension.

Let There Be Light

For this we go out dark nights
Searching for the dimmest stars
For signs of unseen things
To weigh us down
to stop the universe from rushing on and on
into its own beyond
til it exhausts itself
and lies down cold
its last star going out.
Whatever they turn out to be let there be swarms of them
enough for immortality
always a star where we can warm ourselves
let there be enough to bring it back from its own edges
to bring us all so close that we ignite the bright spark of resurrection.

 “…One does not become enlightened by imaging figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular…” 
Carl G. Jung, Collected Works, Vol. 13


Psalm 139:12 - "even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you."

There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. 

God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. 

That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life in us. 

We may find this rather crude and unspiritual. 

God does not: He invented eating. 

He likes matter. He invented it. 

(Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis)
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