Open and Undefended – 9 quotes from Richard Rohr’s book – Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

by Mark Votava

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“…truth is on some level always beautiful – and healing – to those who honestly want truth. Big truth cannot be angry, antagonistic, or forced on anyone, or it will inherently distort the message…”

2. The unified field of love

“…only love can be entrusted with the Big truth. All other attitudes will murder and mangle truthfulness. Humans must first find the unified field of love and then start their thinking from that point.”

3. The good, the true, and the beautiful

“The good, the true, and the beautiful are always their own best argument for themselves – by themselves – and in themselves. Such beauty, or inner coherence, is a deep inner knowing that both evokes the soul and even pulls the soul into its oneness. Incarnation is beauty, and beauty always needs to be incarnate. Anything downright ‘good,’ anything that shakes you with its ‘trueness,’ and anything that sucks you into its beauty does not just educate you; it transforms you…”

4. Open and undefended

“Somehow the True Self in all humans has a natural access to that ‘hidden’ will of God – if the mind and heart and soul are open and undefended (which is always the spiritual task and not easily achieved).”

5. Trumped-up competition over any calm cooperation

“Why, oh why, did we make the Gospel into a competition instead of a joyous proclamation of this necessary but good process – of surrender into love? I think it is because the ego (the False Self) prefers win-lose over win-win, even strangely enough, when it ends up defining oneself as a loser. The ego will always choose trumped-up competition over any calm cooperation.”

6. Mere diversion or entertainment

“Once you experience the Real, the unreal is increasingly a mere diversion or entertainment, not substantial reality…”

7. We kill what we should love

“…we fear, and we kill what we should love…”

8. Union, contentment, and deep resonance

“For some damn reason, and I use the cuss word deliberately, we give and get our energy from dark clouds much more than from silver linings. True joy is harder to access and even harder to hold onto than anger and fear. The False Self is energized by problems and by self-created goals almost moment by moment; the True Self (the soul) needs and feeds on a different fuel: union and contentment itself and, especially, deep resonance (meaning) of any kind.”

9. Divine breath passing through you

“Your True Self is that part of you that is going to live forever and sees truthfully. It is divine breath passing through you. Your False Self is that part of you that is constantly changing and will eventually die anyway. It is in the world of passing forms and looks out with itself as the central reference point – which is never true. The False Self is passing, tentative, and, as the Hindus and Buddhists say, ‘empty.’ Mature religion helps us speed up this process of dying to the False Self – or at least to stop fighting its clear demise. This is why saints live in such a countercultural way…”

Which quote do you like the best?

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