As for last week, our meditation this week is taken from Richard Rohr’s book, The Immortal Diamond, where we will consider further his theme of finding True Self and leaving behind the False Self.
These words are intentional. It’s a time to experience where and if any word or phrase stands out for you. Take what you need of them into your silence as your centering prayer.
We do not really find the immortal diamond of the True Self. It gradually appears as we do the work of growing up, just as the Risen One appeared as a friend on the road, was confused with the gardener, showed up in a locked room, and came to breakfast on the beach.
Richard expresses this ‘appearance’ as if it is a song within us:
Within us there is an inner, natural dignity. (You often see it in older folks)
An inherent worthiness that already knows and enjoys. (You see it in children)
It is a reverence humming within you that must be honoured.
Call it the soul, the unconscious, the deep consciousness, or the Indwelling Holy Spirit…Call it nothing…It does not need the right name or the right religion to show itself. It just is, and shows itself best when we are silent, or in love, or both.
It begins here and now in our embodied state in this world. Once you have encountered this True Self – the False Self will begin to fall away on its own. This will take most of your life, just as it did in Jesus.
As you begin to relax now in body and mind, slow your breathing, and enter your meditation, centering your prayer, your will and intent on the reverence humming within you, that longing to be in God’s presence.
Love and every blessing
Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond, p 55-57.
We are using this app to assist.
Remember to watch an introduction to Centering Prayer Meditation with Kathryn. You can see it here
Let us know how you are finding this time – we always like to hear from you😊
Peace and health at this time
Irene & Damien