The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Monday, March 6, 2017

Know people who are full of themselves?

If we are to believe the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, then the Trinity—a circle dance of flow, communion, and relationship—which is the very nature of God, is the template for everything created (see Genesis 1:26-27). Every created thing is the self-emptying of God.
God is constantly outpouring. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit can trust that self-emptying, knowing that the space created will be filled. Like a waterwheel of divine love, the Father empties all of himself into the Son. The Son receives and empties all of himself into the Spirit. The Spirit receives and empties all of himself/herself into the Father. The Father receives and the cycle continues. It’s no good telling people to let go if they can’t be assured they will be refilled, but the Trinity gives us a model for how that can happen. I can let go, because I trust I will always be filled up again. That is the pattern of reality.

If you’re protecting yourself, if you’re securing your own image and identity, then you’re still holding on. Your ego remains full of itself—the opposite of kenosis (self-emptying). – Richard Rohr

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