Know Who You Are: When God Gazes At You, Who Does God See?

A Contemplative Approach to Self-Awareness

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In Delphi, in ancient Greece, at a famous pagan temple these words were carved above the entrance: γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Gnothi Seauton), which in English means “Know Yourself.” It’s a universal spiritual principle, not just something the Greeks thought up. For example, in 12-Step Programs, the first step to recovery involves admitting to yourself that addiction has made your […]

Philippians 2 and the Heart Sūtra

Form and Emptiness as Keys to Contemplative Practice

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One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is the hymn found in Philippians 2:5-11: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,     did not regard equality with God     as something to be exploited, but emptied himself,     taking the form of a […]

Does Union with God mean Losing Your Self?

Contemplation Inspires Us to Be Unique Expressions of Divine Love

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!

“If the goal of the contemplative is union with God, does the individual begin to disappear and lose his or her unique self (personality, emotions) in pursuing this goal?” The above question came to me in an email from a reader of this blog. It’s a huge question and I’m not sure a single blog […]