Innermost Way of Seeing – 7 quotes from Cynthia Bourgeault’s book – Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God

by Mark Votava

Product6386_Photo11. To get beyond linear, discursive thinking

“But the real point of meditation is not to reject all ideas and concepts; Christianity does not say that the way to end pain is to end thinking. What it says, rather, is that we have to get beyond linear, discursive thinking in order to access the realm of inspired visionary knowing where Christianity finally becomes fully congruent with its own highest truth, and its mystical treasures can be received into an awakened heart…”

2. The ground of hope

“The ground of hope is very real and immensely powerful – if you have the courage to yield yourself all the way into it. The real problem with much of our Christian presentation of hope and healing is that it does not push far enough: it stays at the fix-it level. Beneath that is something infinitely deeper and truer.”

3. Deeper intelligence moving inside you

“Meditation, then, becomes a way of screening out the noise, turning down the boom box of your egoic thinking to allow this other to begin to resonate within you… Whatever form of meditation you practice, it is in essence simply a method for detaching yourself from thinking (which tends to reinforce the egoic process) long enough for you to begin to trust this other, deeper intelligence moving inside you. It provides you with another way to think: from ‘beyond the mind’…”

4. Hope dwells deep within us

“Before we can really begin to work with the idea of hope dwelling within rather than coming from without, we need to have some picture of where and how it could dwell in us, what inside us could embody it. Obviously there is a paradox here, an eye of the needle to thread. We ourselves are not the source of that hope; we do not manufacture it. But the source dwells deep within us and flows to us with an unstinting abundance, so much so that in fact it might be more accurate to say we dwell within it.”

5. An abiding state of being

“For in overemphasizing this divine freedom it is all too easy to understate and miss that hope is not intended to be an extraordinary infusion, but an abiding state of being. We lose sight of the invitation – and in fact, our responsibility, as stewards of creation – to develop a conscious and permanent connection to this wellspring…”

6. Your innermost way of seeing

“But for me the journey to the source of hope is ultimately a theological journey: up and over the mountain to the sources of hope in the headwaters of Christian Mystery. This journey to the wellsprings of hope is not something that will change your life in the short range, in the externals. Rather, it is something that will change your innermost way of seeing. From there, inevitably, the externals will rearrange.”

7. The immediacy of the now

“These moments of mystical hope often bring with them an infusion of that timeless, expansive quality, jolting the ordered linearity of our lives into the immediacy of the now.”

Which quote do you like the best?

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