Meister Eckhart on Union With God
- Meister Eckhart on Union With God
GOD IS ONE
God is infinite in his simplicity and simple in his infinity.
Therefore he is everywhere and is everywhere complete. God is
in the innermost part of each and every thing. He is everywhere on
account of his infinity, and is everywhere complete on account of
his simplicity. Only God flows into all things, their very essences.
Nothing else flows into something else. God is in the innermost part
of each and every thing, only in its innermost part.
GOD IS OUTSIDE OF TIME
Nothing is as opposed to God as time. . . There is no process of
becoming in God, but only a present moment, that is a becoming
without a becoming, a becoming-new without renewal. . . All that
is in God is an eternal present-time without renewal.
THE WAY OUT IS WITHIN -- THE SOUL'S ('SPARK'S' RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD -
- GOING WITHIN -- GOING BEYOND CREATION AND TIME IN ORDER TO
KNOW THE CREATOR
When we turn away from ourselves and from all created things, to
that extent we are united and sanctified in the soul's spark,
which is untouched by either space or time. This spark is opposed
to all creatures and desires nothing but God.
If we are to dwell in him . . . we should take leave of ourselves
and of all things and be attached to nothing external which acts
upon the senses within.
When the soul enters the Light that is pure, she falls so far from
her own created somethingness into her nothingness that in this
nothingness she can no longer return to that created somethingness
by her own power.
Blessedness consists primarily in the fact that the soul sees God
in herself . . . Only in God's knowledge does she become wholly
still. There she knows nothing but essence and God.
Between that person and God there is no distinction, and they are
one. . . Their knowing is one with God's knowing, their activity
with God's activity and their understanding with God's
Therefore it is in Oneness that God is found and they who would
find God must themselves become One. . . And truly, if you are
properly One, then you shall remain One in the midst of
distinction, and the multifold will be One for you and shall not
be able to impeded you in any way.
When the soul is united with God, then it perfectly possesses in
him all that is something. The soul forgets itself there, as it is
in itself, and all things, knowing itself in God as divine, in so
far as God is in it.
-- Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 - 1327/8) is one of the great Christian mystics.
He was born near Erfurt in Thuringia and in his distinguished career became
a Parisian Professor of Theology and took a leading pastoral and
organisational role in the Dominican Order.
In the language of the Christian tradition Eckhart expounds the eternal
mysteries in a style that is fresh and original in the best sense. Through the
vividness of his use of imagery (alluding to the mysteries of the spark of the
soul, the Abyss, the desert, the birth of the Word in the heart, etc.) Eckhart
paradoxically directs us to that which lies beyond image.
The depth and universality of Eckhart's teaching has drawn seekers of truth
Christian and non-Christian alike. His radical and penetrating insight makes
him a natural point of reference for a genuinely ecumenical understanding.