Quietude comes upon a person for no apparent reason. It is an unearned or earned grace that transports you into a quality of cosmic-sized bliss –for no apparent reason. No problems are solved, no great revelations are granted, and no Divine voices are heard. And yet, as that cosmic bliss gradually evaporates amid the breath of everyday life, nothing really is the same – for no apparent reason. For all the effort expended in this business of inner work, prayer, waiting in silence at the Well – for what? – and waiting even longer, screaming nothing ever really seems to change all that much, suddenly everything changes. Or is it that you have been suddenly changed and nothing appears to be the overwhelming dilemma it was ten seconds or ten minutes or ten days ago? The embrace of Quietude is the experience of something unexpected arriving in your presence. It is as if an unannounced messenger of grace greater than the engine of your imagination flooded the whole of your personal space with bliss – just like that, for no apparent reason. And suddenly, you could think of nothing Earthly at all. Nothing of the Earth, from the Earth, connected to Earth mattered – or matters - at all in Quietude. It is a taste of your own immortality.
This lecture will include:
- All that matters – but does it?
- The mystical outlands
- What have I yet to love?
- What have I yet to offer?
- The depth of prayer/contemplation
- Listening at my Well