A meditation on ‘Wilderness’ from a sermon by Meister Eckhart

When Jesus was twelve, his parents lost him in Jerusalem. Finally they found him by going back to where they started- the Temple. To experience this noble birth you have to go back to the starting place, the core from which you came. The crowds where Mary and Joseph looked but couldn’t find him are like the souls activities: memory, understanding, will, imagination, sense perception. Believe me its not there! Divine birth must come flooding up within you from what is already God within. Your own efforts must be on hold, the soul and its helpers at Gods service. You cannot do better than to go into the darkness within, the knowing and unknown, which are nothing more than the potential for and origin of sensing itself, through which you become complete. Pursue this potentiality until you are alone in the darkness of unself-consciousness. Track every clue there, never retracing your steps. The real word of eternity resounds only in solitude of one who has become wilderness, desolated and removed from all thought of self and other.


Within each part of us is a part of ourselves waiting to rediscover that it is part of the divine whole, connected to all.

Begin this meditation by breathing in the heart, feeling all the love and compassion you can manage at this moment. With this feeling breathe in and out, directing the breath to the parts of yourself, or the feelings where you feel the most dense and compressed. Meet each place of restriction with as much compassion as you can find within yourself, not expecting change or even understanding, where you cannot bring compassion, bring respect for the feeling, if not respect then simply bring presence.

To complete the meditation affirm that every thought and feeling that you have encountered during the meditation is part of your own creation story, and do so as compassionately as you can in the moment.

Modified from the ‘Genesis Meditations’ A shared  practice of peace for Christians, Jews and Muslims by Neil Douglas- Klotz 

More on Meister Eckhart:

The deeply influential German Catholic mystic theologian and spiritual psychologist Meister Eckhart was the most illustrious spiritual instructor of his day. He was also unjustly condemned as a heretic by the papacy. Eckhart, virtually forgotten by the Church for centuries, is seen by growing numbers of people in the modern era to be one of the world’s pinnacle “nondual” mystics. His influence is greater now than at any time since the 14th century.

Eckhart’s theology is that of radical panentheism (“all in God, God in all”), which goes far beyond mere theism (which can only posit a transcendent “God up there” who sometimes personally intervenes “down here”), and certainly goes far beyond lowly pantheism (“all is God”—God is not more than the sum of creation). For Eckhart, God’s supremely glorious nature can only mean that God is fully transcendent and fully immanent, entirely beyond all and yet completely within all as the One Who alone IS, pure Spirit, the groundless Ground or Essence of all. Continue reading here: http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Meister_Eckhart.html