Monday, March 14, 2016

For Truth to Reveal Itself

Bernadette Roberts
"What we call emptiness and nothingness is merely a relative notion or experience, like moving from the positive to the negative before both eventually fall away and all that remains is what Is. 
“Nevertheless, if there is any aspect of this journey I would stress or emphasize, it is the evident necessity of finally coming to terms with the nothingness and emptiness of existence, which, for me, seemed to be the equivalent of living out my life without God – or any such substitute. Only when this came about, only when the acclimation to a life without an ultimate reality was complete, when there was no hope, no trust remaining, only when I have finally to accept what is, did I suddenly realize that what is, is Truth itself and all that Is. I had to discover it was only when every single, subtle, experience and idea – conscious and unconscious – has come to an end, a complete end, that it is possible for the Truth to reveal Itself.”
The Experience of No-Self, pages 75-76

(From Patricia: If you are interested in coming to Ultimate Reality, please read and consider what she is saying here. It is deeply profound.)

5 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more with your comment Patricia. I make no pretense of being there but the frustration of looking for experiential, intellectual, poetical, whatever! answers grants an intuitive flash that the lack of answers is the answer.

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  2. Patricia, may I ask you for your comment of the above passage? Thank you

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  3. Jure, I will try to explain it as I understand it. Any experience of God, even though it may be caused by God, is our experience. We have it, God does not have that experience. The same with any idea we might have of God, Ultimate Reality, etc. John the Baptist (and many Christian mystics since his time) have said that as God increases, we (self) decreases. It is a mistake to think that our decrease will mean more experience of God for us. As we decrease our experience of God decreases and what God is (beyond experience) increases, you might say (though of course, there can never be more or less of God).

    To understand what she is saying here it is necessary to understand self and the end of self – and ‘What remains’. I recommend reading her books, starting with this one, The Experience of No Self. For Christians, we can ponder Jesus’ words on the Cross – when he cried out that God had forsaken him, but nevertheless, he offered up his last moment of life and awareness to that God, a God at that moment unseen, unfelt.

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