Non-Dual Consciousness – 8 quotes from Richard Rohr’s book – Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

by Mark Votava

9781616361570_p0_v1_s260x4201. The soul does not attach nor does it hate

“An ego response is always an inadequate or even wrong response to the moment. It will not deepen or broaden life, love, or inner laughter. Your ego is always attached to mere externals, since it has no inner substance itself. The ego defines itself by its attachments and revulsions. The soul does not attach nor does it hate: it desires and loves and lets go…”

2. Non-dual Consciousness

“To keep the mind space open, we need some form of contemplative or meditation practice. This has been the most neglected in recent centuries, substituting the mere reciting and ‘saying’ of prayers, which is not the same as a contemplative mind, and often merely confirms us in our superior or fear-based system… I personally describe contemplation as ‘non-dual consciousness’…”

3. Blind spots and personality flaws

“People who are more transparent and admitting of their blind spots and personality flaws are actually quite easy to love and be with. None of us need or expect perfect people around us, but we do want people who can be up front and honest about their mistakes and limitations, and hopefully grow from them.”

4. The imperial ego

“It is the imperial ego that has to go, and only powerlessness can do the job correctly… Otherwise, we try to engineer our own transformation by our own rules and by our own power, which is by definition, therefore, not transformation! It seems we can in no way engineer or steer our own conversion. If we try to change our ego with the help of our ego, we only have a better-disguised ego!”

5. Highly sacrificial, but not loving

“Most bogus religion, in my opinion, is highly sacrificial in one or another way, but not loving at all…”

6. The death of all sacrificial religion

“False sacrifice is an actual avoidance of any real ‘renouncing’ of the self, while looking generous or dedicated… As French philosopher and writer Rene Girard convincingly argued Jesus came to proclaim the death of all sacrificial religion!”

7. Simple honesty and humility

“I think humans are certainly ‘created in the image and likeness of God’ (Genesis 1:26) because that is what God appears to want too: Simple honesty and humility. There is no other way to read Jesus’ stories of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) or the publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:9-14). In each story, the one who did wrong ends up being right – simply because he is honest about it. How have we been able to miss that important point? I suspect it is because the ego wants to think well of itself and deny any shadow material. Only the soul knows that we grow best in the shadowlands. We are blinded inside of either total light or total darkness…”

8. Loving ourselves

“Have you ever experienced the embarrassed and red-faced look of shame and self-recognition on the face of anyone who has been loved after they have clearly done wrong? This is the way that God seduces us all into the economy of grace – by loving us in spite of ourselves in the very places where we cannot or will not or dare not love ourselves.”

Which quotes do you like the best?

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