This post is another one of Fr. Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations; it has been quite a while since I posted one here. But this one, which landed in my inbox last week, really spoke to me.
Evelyn Underhill defines mysticism as “an overwhelming consciousness of God and an overwhelming consciousness of one’s own soul at the same time.” In my experience, that is exactly what I see happening—that there’s this wonderful sense of my own importance, my own significance, my own validation from above, from on high. “I was once blind, but now I see.” I was once nobody and now I’m everybody—and this change in self image is simultaneous with a discovery of a true God image.
Mystical experience like this is the best possible cure for low self-esteem. You know you were chosen by the One who does the choosing! You know you are intimately loved by the One who does all the loving! When the “Unmoved Mover” says you are good, you would do well to accept his or her version of reality, and let go of your petty carping and complaining about yourself.
Adapted from Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate (CD/DVD/MP3)
“Who are you, God, and who am I?”
Ouch!! Wow!! Wowch, perhaps. I do have some self-esteem issues; but this meditation from Richard Rohr has given me a bit of a kick up the backside. I know that God loves me; I know that he thinks I’m good (as he does all those he’s created). I know those two statements to be true. I might wonder why sometimes, but that doesn’t change their truth. It is time to discard my own self doubts and accept his version of reality.
The email this came from was one of Fr. Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations. If you would like to subscribe too, and I can recommend them, the website is here: The Center for Action and Contemplation. It won’t cost you anything.