Tuesday, November 22, 2011

From Possibility to Permission....

Recently I signed up to receive daily meditations sent via email from Richard Rohr.  There's something about the way Rohr puts things that resonates with me and where I am on my journey right now.  I feel so strongly that the practice and discovery of being who God intends us to be leads us more deeply and fully into experiencing His love and grace.  I particularly liked the following meditation and wanted to bookmark it here!

If you keep listening to the love, if you keep receiving the love,
trusting the love—even with all your limitations, unworthiness,
limited intellect, or whatever you feel holds you back—you start to
experience within yourself a sense of possibility. Whatever life is
inviting you into, you have this sense that it’s okay and, even
better, that you can do it! That is the joy of the saints. Now you
don’t have to do it by the world’s criteria of success or
performance. As Mother Teresa loved to say, “The only real success is
faithfulness.” To be faithful to this inner love is in itself the
greatest success. It is of itself the possibility. No outer successes
are necessary to be happy.

This is what makes the mystics sort of dangerous. It’s not just
possibility they experience—but permission. It’s permission to color
outside the lines and to be who you really are. It’s not just gay
people who have to come out of their closets. We’re all in our
closets. They’ve just given us a good metaphor for what we all have to
do. We’re all afraid to come out of our various closets. It’s not
the need to be outrageous or rebellious. It’s so much better than
that. It’s just permission to be that image and likeness of God that
you really are. You are unlike any other image or likeness. It is as if
God is saying, “I’m expecting you to return to me simply and totally
as you really are!”

1 comment:

  1. yes, beautiful. i start every morning with one of these. on the challenging mornings i sometimes go back and read through older posts.