Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Quiet Desert of the Godhead

John Tauler
"God is pure Being, a waste of calm seclusion…much nearer than anything is to itself in the depth of the heart, but He is hidden from all our senses. He is far above every outward thing and every thought, and is found only where thou hidest thyself in the secret place of thy heart, in the quiet solitude where no word is spoken, where is neither creature nor image nor fancy. 
"This is the quiet Desert of the Godhead, the Divine Darkness—dark from His own surpassing brightness, as the shining of the sun is darkness to weak eyes, for in the presence of its brightness our eyes are like the eyes of the swallow in the bright sunlight."
Quoted in Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages by Ursula King
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1 comment:

  1. God is "nearer than anything is to itself" in the heart. One could meditate on these words for a lifetime and remain mystified and enthralled.

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