Once in my twenties, I was listening to a mentor give an after-dinner talk on communication. As an aside he said, “And as we all know, insight is not transferable.” As we all know? I queried myself. The line never let go of me….Kent Ira Groff. WHAT WOULD I BELIEVE IF I DIDN’T BELIEVE ANYTHING: A HANDBOOK FOR SPIRITUAL ORPHANS.
If we cannot pass wisdom around the table the way we do food, then why do I write another book, or teach? Even though insight is not directly transferable, the desire for it can be. It can be prompted by a deep love of the subject, the lure of the teller’s example, or a traumatic surprise in one’s life.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
In the modern era, people came to church and asked, “Who is God?” But today, if people come to church at all, they ask, “Who are God’s people? How does Christianity cash out in community and in practice?”Leonard Sweet. OUT OF THE QUESTION…INTO THE MYSTERY.
Tripping over Joy
What is the differenceRenderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky. I HEARD GOD LAUGHING: POEMS OF HOPE AND JOY.
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?
The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God
And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move
That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.
Saints Bowing in the Mountains
Do you know how beautiful you are?
I think not, my dear.
For as you talk of God,
I see great parades with wildly colorful bands
Streaming from your mind and heart,
Carrying wonderful secret messages
To every corner of this world
Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky. I HEARD GOD LAUGHING: POEMS OF HOPE AND JOY.