Sunday, March 16, 2014
Richard Rohr, in his book Immortal Diamond, talks about our true self, the new self,
our dare I say it,
born again self,
which has been breathed on, baptized with the Spirit, the breath of God, versus our false self. Which is our earth bound, old self.
The False Self, he writes, “is who you think you are. Your thinking does not make it true. Your False Self is almost entirely a social construct to get you started on your life journey. It is a set of agreements between your childhood and your parents, your family, your neighbors, your school chums, your partner or spouse, and your religion. It is your “container” for your separate self. Jesus would call it your “wineskin,” which he points out usually cannot hold any new wine (Mark 2: 21-22).
Your False Self is how you define yourself outside of love, relationship, or divine union. After you have spent many years laboriously building this separate self, with all its labels and preoccupations, you are very attached to it. And why wouldn’t you be? It’s what you know and it’s all you know. To move beyond it will always feel like losing or dying… Your False Self is how you define yourself outside of love,
relationship, or divine union.”
The earth bound self. The self, shaped and defined by so many influences, but often, powerfully, by that reality that entity called “religion.”
This self must die
We must let it go
All of it
And be “born from on high”
Rohr frequently makes the comment that the goal of faith, the goal of spirituality is not perfection, but divine union.
That is the point!
Participating in, seeing the kingdom
Is not a matter of knowledge
It is not a matter of following the rules
Singing the right songs
Participating in the right rituals
It is about letting the Spirit awake the Spirit within
It is about letting go of all our old securities
And letting the wind of God blow us where it will
Let God re-create us
And help us start all over