I'm not sure how to begin to explain this, it's still unfolding. It is by far and away the biggest revelation of my sabbatical project. I will simply quote Julian of Norwich to say this:
and add this hymn from the Eastern Church, the most ancient of the Churches:
Merton andOrigen, I knew a little about but Maximus the Confessor was new- and so important. So much to learn from the Early Church. I have been hugely helped by various books but I cannot recommend Oliver Clément's The Roots of Christian Mysticism highly enough....
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To be confronted - not too strong a word - with the blindingly obvious line in the Lord's Prayer. God gives us his Church what we need for today, a bed for the night and breakfast for the morning and tomorrow is another day. Sufficient unto the day... what a liberation!
Asymmetric theology is not lop sided. It is a theology that is in cyclical motion but which is also moving forward. It never returns to the same place. It is a system that is moving towards balance but never getting there. This describes an active theology rather that a passive theology concerned with saying the last word. Where a rhetorical argument invites agreement asymmetric theology invites engagement. Asymmetric theology is concerned with the the first word - in motion. There are times when it appears reciprocal, and at other time it seems circular - at times even linear and at times phasing through nodes and anti-nodes... all depending on the perspective of the participant. Asymmetric theology cannot be studied without participation. There are no objective observers.. Such is mystical theology which has little concern for facts, but every concern for the truth, no concern for systematising, but every concern with maturation. Asymmetric theology is always denying any form of dualism. It sees the cosmos and God's meaning for it as one interconnected and interdependent whole. It is always "both/and" never "either/or". It holds the dark and light sides in tension, denying neither, because every person, every 'opinion' is both light and dark. In this understanding "dark" must not be equated with "evil" The dark is a natural part of the creation as night and day. But neither is it quite the balance of "yin and yang", but rather the imbalance of the walker who falls forward only to be caught by her own feet moving forward. It has no interest in being right or winning an argument, which is simply to achieve a steady state, but in making connections and relationships, which are always growing, changing - following the very nature of Christ in whom and for whom all things exists.... "the fulness of him that fills all in all" Ephesians 1.23