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31 Mar Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

unoriginal sin

unoriginal sin

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” ― Oscar Wilde Meditation: “Saying the mantra ma-ra-na-tha is like rune reading the pattern on the side of a snake as it slithers by.”” Via Negativa What’s so original about original sin? I guess there has to be a first time for everything so for the […]

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20 Nov Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

how the light gets in

“Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.” Paul McCartney Meditation: “Meditation is like picking your way across a peat bog from one tuft of silence to another.” Via Negativa When the comfort of our familiar world becomes threatened by changing local or world events a common response is to look backwards to the ‘good old days’. Nostalgia […]

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23 Oct Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

cogito ergo cogito sum

“But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2.16 Meditation: “Meditation is like sinking up to your neck in quicksand with only a fistful of thought balloons to keep your ego afloat.” Via Negativa There are few philosophical sayings that pass into everyday language. You might come up with ‘know thyself’ or in an exam if pushed ‘the […]

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12 May Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

an idea to live and die for

“The thing is to find a truth which is a truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.” Kierkegaard Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like entering the void – each syllable a hachure stroke towards perfect darkness.” Via Negativa In the credits at the end of the […]

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29 Sep Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

presence and absence

“In the silent darkness we are given new eyes. In the heart of the divine we can see more clearly who we are.” Macrina Wiederkehr Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like dismantling a wall that separates your true Self from union with God … each syllable a brick … each word a course.” Via Negativa In […]

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04 Nov Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

much ado about nothing

“Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Meditation is like fly fishing without a fly expecting to catch nothing … expecting nothing … standing in the Source.” Via Negativa It was only in the 5th century that ‘zero’ was introduced to mathematics and philosophy and it set a cat amongst the pigeons. […]

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22 Jan Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

lighten our darkness

“I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God” T.S. Eliot Meditation: “Each repetition of the word is like a hachure stroke towards perfect darkness.” Via Negativa The purpose of meditation is not to control your thoughts – they cannot be tamed – […]

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14 Oct Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

entropy

“God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Meditation is like Windows Task Manager allowing CPU usage to fall to 0%.” Via Negativa On a riverside walk recently (today actually) I was musing on where negativity comes from. Is it our ground zero … […]

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04 Oct Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

neti neti

“Once you label me you negate me.” Søren Kierkegaard Meditation: “The more you abandon all images, all words, all imaginings and the more you allow the silence to overwhelm you … the more powerful you become.” Via Negativa My favourite guru in the annual spiritual supermarket sweeps in Tiruvanamalai in Tamil Nadu every December and January […]

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02 Sep Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

Meditation: “Meditation is like lowering yourself in a bucket into the centre of your soul.” “Think of the soul as a whirlpool and you will understand how we are to sink eternally from negation to negation into the One.” Meister Eckhart Via Negativa “And we know that all things work together for good to them that […]

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