January 18, 2016
Facilitator: Charlie Coon
Richard Rohr says:
“…there are two paths that break down our dualistic thinking and our inability to let go: The path of great love and the path of great suffering. Neither of them can be willed, truly understood, or programmed by any method whatsoever. There is no precise technique or foolproof formula for love or suffering. They are their own teachers, the best of teachers, in their own time and in their own unique way each time. If you are like me, however, you would rather have teaching in the head than what I call ‘the authority of those who have suffered’ and have emerged from the belly of the whale, transformed.”
“When you are concerned with either attacking or defending, manipulating or resisting, pushing or pulling, you cannot be contemplative…”
"It is living in the naked now, the “sacrament of the present moment,” that teaches us how to actually experience our experiences, whether good, bad or ugly, and how to let them transform us. When you can be present, you will know the Real Presence. I promise you this is true. And it is almost that simple."
"True spirituality is not a search for perfection or control or the door to the next world; it is a search for divine union NOW. The great discovery is always that we are searching for what has already been given. I did not find it; it found me."