Our Deepest Inner Life – 7 quotes from Richard Rohr’s book – Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life 

by Mark Votava

download (8)1. Mysterious and unknowable

“I worry about ‘true believers’ who cannot carry any doubt or anxiety at all… To hold the full mystery of life is always to endure its other half, which is the equal mystery of death and doubt. To know anything fully is always to hold that part of it which is still mysterious and unknowable.”

2. Do not have enough experience of wholeness

“After almost seventy years, I am still a mystery to myself! Our youthful demand for certainty does eliminate most anxiety on the conscious level, so I can see why many of us stay in such a control tower during the first half of life. We do not have enough experience of wholeness to include all of its parts yet…”

3. The Great Compassion

“If we do not find that unified field, ‘our complex and inexplicable caring for each other,’ or what Buddhists call the Great Compassion, there is no healing to life’s inconsistencies and contradictions…”

4. Led to the edge of your own private resources

“Sooner or later, if you are on any classic ‘spiritual schedule,’ some event, person, death, idea, or relationship will enter your life that you simply cannot deal with, using your present skill set, your acquired knowledge, or your strong willpower. Spiritually speaking, you will be, you must be, led to the edge of your own private resources. At that point you will stumble over a necessary stumbling stone, as Isaiah calls it; or to state it in our language here, you will and you must ‘lose’ at something. This is the only way that Life-Fate-God-Grace-Mystery can get you to change, let go of your egocentric preoccupations, and go on the further and larger journey. I wish I could say this was not true, but it is darn near absolute in the spiritual literature of the world.”

5. Our deepest inner life

“The Holy Spirit is that aspect of God that works largely from within and ‘secretly’ at ‘the deepest levels of our desiring,’ as so many of the mystics have said… We never ‘create’ or earn the Spirit; we discover this inner abiding as we learn to draw upon our deepest inner life…”

6. Unknowing becomes another kind of knowing

“Wisdom happily lives with mystery, doubt, and ‘unknowing,’ and in such living, ironically resolves that very mystery to some degree. I have never figured out why unknowing becomes another kind knowing, but it surely seems to be…”

7. Inner abiding place

“The common word for this inner abiding place of the Spirit, which is also a place of longing, has usually been the word soul. We have our soul already – we do not ‘get’ it by any purification process or by joining any group or from the hands of a bishop. The end is already planted in us at the beginning, and it gnaws away at us until we get there freely and consciously…”

Which quote do you like the best?

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