“Beloved, do not believe every spirit
but test the spirits to see
if they are from God” – I John 4:11
There are many visionaries/prophets in the world today
but we must discern the rind from the fruit.
Meister Eckhart is no Gnostic
but he emphasized transcendent/ineffable knowing
which the 21st century mind cannot grasp
since it believes all knowledge can be rationally analyzed
or if not, the knowledge-object does not exist.
But God transcends human rationality –
“My thoughts are not your thoughts
and My ways are not your ways –
as the heavens are higher than the earth
so My ways are higher than your ways
and My thoughts higher than your thoughts” – Isaiah 55:8-9.
Limited 21st century rationality proclaims this god must not exist.
Eckhart was under the influence of mystical Judaism
therefore, the Hasidim (Jewish mystics), show up in his writing –
the Baal Shem Tov said “In remembering lies redemption”
and Eckhart called Christ “The Great Reminder.”
Eckhart reminds us the heart ties together God’s triple-c calling:
communion with God/
community with others/
commission – ministry for others.
Eckhart believed salvation must include social justice
but most traditional salvation theories ignored the obvious:
racism/sexism/slavery/poverty/degradation of Earth –
Protestants overlooked the decimation of indigenous Americans
and Catholics overlooked the poverty of social justice in Latin America.
Recognizing the inner beauty of each human being
is at the heart of being human –
when we judge others we deny their inner beauty/
their beauty never gets a chance to shine/
and we block evolution’s flow
to greater love and consciousness.