LONG BEACH, MS—You can tell a lot about someone by the highlights they make in books. Here are the ones I’ve highlighted from Meister Eckhart—Selected Writings from the chapter, The Talks of Instruction.
When he says ‘God,’ I’m not thinking of the god of the Bible, the Torah, or the Koran, I’m thinking of Her—the Intelligence that can awaken and move through any individual once they rid themselves of the ego—an Intelligence that is the source and life force of everything. Not a possession, not something you own or use or channel, but an Intelligence and will that fills the space that was previously filled with self-centered thoughts and ideas and concerns.
As you can see, Meister Eckhart dove 100% into his God. As you can also see by the passages I’ve highlighted, I am questioning and considering just how deep I’m willing to dive.
When we go out of ourselves through obedience and strip ourselves of what is ours, then God must enter into us; for when someone wills nothing for themselves, then God must will on their behalf just as He does for Himself.
We should not think that holiness is based on what we do but rather on what we are, for it is not our works which sanctify us but we who sanctify our works.
We should not content ourselves with a God of thoughts for, when the thoughts come to an end, so too shall God. Rather, we should have a living God who is beyond the thoughts of all people and all creatures.
‘You should be like those who at all times watch and wait for their Lord’ (Luke 12: 36). Truly, such vigilant people are alert and on the watch for their Lord for whom they wait; they look to see if He is not by chance concealed in what befalls them, however strange it may be to them.
For those who want to achieve this, one of two things must always happen: either they must learn to grasp and to hold God in what they do, or they must stop doing things altogether.
We must learn to possess God in all things, while remaining free in all that we do and wherever we are.
‘Lord, what is it that you wish me to do?’ (Acts 9: 6).
Truly, without giving up our will in all things, we can achieve nothing at all for God.
You should give your all to God, and then worry no more about what He may do with what is His.
Now if my tongue is coated with bitterness, then however sweet the wine may be in itself, it must always be made bitter by that through which it must pass in order to come to me.
Nothing we may do can ever be so appropriate as fully trusting in God.
Whoever wishes to begin a new life or work should turn to their God, desiring with all their strength and devotion that He should send them the best thing of all, that which is most precious to Him and worthy, while they themselves desire and intend nothing of self but only the most precious will of God and that alone. They should then accept what God sends them as being directly from Him, holding it to be the very best thing of all, and they should be wholly content with it.
God does not destroy anything that is good, but rather He perfects it. God does not destroy nature, but perfects it.
The answer is that there is one work which is right and proper for us to do, and that is the eradication of self.
Whoever desires to be given everything, must first give everything away.
But what is God’s intention in this, since He is so keen that it should be so? It is that He wishes to be our sole possession.
And you can tell how far you are in God, or not, by the extent to which you have peace or not… since lack of peace comes from the creature and not from God.
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