jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

Multiple masks

“Everyone of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self..We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves. (34) Contemplation is not and cannot be a function of this external self. There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular.(7) Our reality, our true self, is hidden in what appears to us to be nothingness....We can rise above this unreality and recover our hidden reality....(281) God Himself begins to live in me not only as my Creator but as my other and true self. (41)”
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds remains a favourite book. Don't ask me now how I came to read it -- I think it was indirectly via bobby1933 -- but whenever I feel I need to get back to reality, i.e. something much bigger than the usual 'Get Better' narrative, I always find myself plugging back into the audio and listening to a few chapters.

Bless you Thomas Merton. Bless you.

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