Mystic’s Journey (by Richard Lang)

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

The Mystic’s Journey

No longer
searching for Wholeness
by attempting to become more, or know more,
but instead surrendering to being an empty receptacle,
corresponds to the final stages of the mystic’s journey towards God.

Travelling through ever higher realms of spiritual light (each alternating however with just as deep a realm of darkness)
the mystic finds at last that the longed-for goal,
the Beatific Vision, eludes her.

She finds herself in the deepest darkness,
without faith, without hope, without joy,
apparently deserted by God.

What can she do?

She is now forced to abandon her effort to expand,
to grow into God,
to become the Whole
(an endeavour that so easily becomes a spiritual ego-trip)
and instead drops down into wanting nothing,
having nothing, being nothing
she returns to her centre
and accepts whatever is given in the emptiness there.

Her attempt to know all things,
to become perfect,
has failed and is replaced by knowing nothing,
by humility.

Only in this ‘dark night’
in this ’emptiness’ and ‘nothingness’
is revealed the One
who contains and is the source of all things.

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More of Richard Lang‘s thought can be found here: – The Hierarchy of Heaven and Earth

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