Into the Heart of Darkness

Here are two random suppositions which I think are somehow connected:

1. It has been stated that the average American spends fifteen years of his or her life in front of a television.

2. Consumerism has killed the spirit of mysticism. The rise in an interest in Tao and Zen demonstrates that people are hungry for the fruit of mysticism.

Meister Eckhart claimed that God doesn’t require long vigils, fasting, prayer, and mortification from us. [That’s a relief!] But God does require tranquility. Eckhart urges us to flee and hide from the storm of inner thoughts. Today, he would tell us to also flee the inferno of noise that engulfs modern life. We need unruffled calmness to encounter God.

I cannot learn about God. I can only unlearn the things that are keeping me from a full awareness of God. To find Christ you must make a pilgrimage to the center of your being, to the place where the human and the divine meet. The key to being a pilgrim is to remain still interiorly as you journey…otherwise you are just a wanderer. To pray is to embark on a journey without end – a journey deep into the heart of darkness, of paradox, of mystery. The journey to God is slow. Each day, we inch our way along a steep, winding road. The pace of spiritual transformation moves about as quickly as traffic in Los Angeles.

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1 Response to “Into the Heart of Darkness”


  1. 1 Kathleen Erwin July 11, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Thank you so much for this apt description of my plight. I struggle daily, hour by hour, to be in a place of calm and peace and prayer. It is, I suppose, the struggle between being and doing. There is such guilt and questioning in that struggle. K


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