This post contains some questions about the relevance today of the work of Meister Eckhart, a 13th century mystic.
An image is not of itself, nor is it for itself. It has its origin in that of which it is the image…
Mister Eckhart believed we do not possess our own being, it is received; we are nothing beyond what is projected through us, and should live as such. The origin of this projection may not be sought, or thought; it may be revealed to us through releasement (gelassenheit), a letting be.
Releasement may be reached through a way of life that is not attached to images and projects, or to some higher power, but to what is in front of us and within us in this ‘this present now’.
Love’s in need of love today.
Don’t delay, send yours in right away…
It is difficult to believe in being as nothingness when faced with the reality of everyday life. But might this belief lead towards humility and equality?
And if we are to follow Eckhart in following the idea that being is a gift that we receive and only for a short time, how might one receive this gift? With gratitude, certainly, but also with the possibility that we might offer something in return. What do we have to offer?
…the fruitfulness of a gift is the only gratitude for the gift.
There are many instances where letting be might be useful, but there are also times when we must with-stand. With-standing suggests standing-with others; unity. How might we show unity with those with whom we wish to stand?