Vulnerability – 10 quotes from Richard Rohr’s book – Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

by Mark Votava

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“Jesus never appeared to believe the ‘lie of separation,’ which is the core meaning of sin. He said without hesitation, ‘I and the Father are one’ (John 10:30). That made him indeed unique – and the ultimate model and leader for all of humanity.”

2. God desiring in you and through you

“The Holy Spirit is God desiring in you and through you – until it becomes your desiring too.”

3. The separate self is the False Self

“The separate self is the False Self thus needs to overdefine itself as unique, special, superior, and adequate…”

4. Act on a truth

“Act on a truth, and only then does it become your truth…”

5. If a person keeps growing

“If a person keeps growing, his or her various false selves usually die in exposure to greater light.”

6. The discovery of your True Self

“I promise you that the discovery of your True Self will feel like a thousand pounds of weight have fallen from your back. You will no longer have to build, protect, or promote any idealized self image. Living in the True Self is quite simply a much happier existence, even though we never live there a full twenty-four hours a day. But you henceforth have it as a place to always go back to. You have finally discovered the alternative to your False Self…”

7. Do not have even a minimum of self-knowledge

“The early Christian writers tell us that this discovery of our True Self is also at the same time a discovery of God. I have far too often seen the immature and destructive results of people who claim to have found God and do not have even a minimum of self-knowledge. They try to ‘have’ God and hold onto their false and concocted little self too. It does not work… I have also met many who appear to know themselves and do at some good levels, but not at the largest and divine level; they have to keep scrambling for private and public significance by themselves and in their mental ego. They still live in a separate and very fragile self.”

8. The worst danger of all

“After these smaller deaths, we know that the only ‘deadly sin’ is to swim on the surface of things, where we never see, find, or desire God and love. This includes even the surface of religion, which might be the worst danger of all…”

9. A very tiny American Jesus

“I can no longer wait for, or give false comfort to, the many Christians who are forever ‘deepening their personal relationship’ with a very tiny American Jesus – who looks an awful lot like them…”

10. Vulnerability levels the playing field

“It is almost impossible to fall in love with majesty, power, or perfection. These make us both fearful and codependent, but seldom truly loving. On some level, love can happen only between equals, and vulnerability levels the playing field…”

Which quote do you like the most?

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