Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Our God is too small, and therin lies the problem

“Religion is nothing but institutionalized mysticism. The catch is, mysticism does not lend itself to institutionalization. The moment we attempt to organize mysticism, we destroy its essence. Religion, then, is mysticism in which the mystical has been killed. Or, at least diminished.”
― Tom Robbins

The Sacred is
Not something we can wholly understand

The Sacred is
too big
too loving
too forgiving

every time we try to describe the Sacred (call it God if you like)
every time we try to explain who God is (there is a problem right there
the moment we anthropomorphize the Sacred we are in trouble)
or what the Sacred is like
or what the Sacred does

we fail
and in failing we create
an image, and understanding
which is too small

this is to be expected
this is forgivable
we do the best we can!

what creates all the pain
and anguish
what makes our strivings so
and dark

is our failure to understand
that we do not understand
that all our images are inadequate

our failure to see that our reduction of the mystery
which is the Sacred
our reduction of the
Holy Other

Into a Cosmic Busboy
Created in our image and for our benefit

God (for I will call the Sacred that)
cannot be found in concepts created by men and women
God can only truly be experienced


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