The Still Point of Presence ~ Contemplative Wisdom 101

by faithgibson on March 3, 2012

Thomas Merton, Trappist monk and Judeo-Christian contemplative,  is my hero. My One True Thing for today is sharing his astonishing thoughts on ‘the still point of presence’, which he calls “le point vierge” or ‘the virgin point’ of the spirit, where one meets G*D, and which is the glory of G*D in us — “a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven, … the landscape of a numinous dawn and inscape of the heart’s secret beauty”.

In the Book of Hours, this mysterious center as “a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and illusion, a point of pure truth, a spark that belongs entirely to G*D, which is never at our disposal, from which G*D disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will.” {25}

Here is a sampler of other comments that i find to be absolutely inspired — something i read over and over again…..

Of the virgin point of the spirit:

“It is in everyone and everything … billions of point of light coming together in the … blaze of a sun that would make the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely”.

“paradise is all around us and we do not understand.” {26}

“… the territory of paradise is here on earth, our original homeland, the undivided simplicity of a G*D-like consciousness restored to its essential wisdom and compassion.”

Merton identifies contemplation is as “the pathway to paradise by which we are lead back to our original nature in quiet praise and gratitude, and to a different wisdom that attunes us to an experience of harmony with all life. For this paradisal existence we were madefor peace, delight, safety, joy, freedom, and the highest spiritual happiness

“Contemplation makes us G*D’s new paradise, sacraments of hope and signs of contradiction who do not succumb to the world-weariness of our race, but ever revitalized by joining the cosmic dance in rhythm with the heartbeat of life itself.”

Shalom ^O^

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