Wednesday, October 5, 2011
"The Wilderness Within" by Ruth Haley Barton
"The spiritual journey is not a career or a success story. It is a series of humiliations of the false self that become more and more profound.” Fr. Thomas Keating
I agree with this statement. I don’t like it… but I know it is true. And it makes me wonder if any of us are ready for the journey of transformation—really. We long for more in our spiritual lives, that’s for sure, but I’m not sure we’re ready for the harrowing journey of death to the false self that any true spiritual journey entails.
We want God as long as we can still have our successes. We like the idea of being on a journey of faith as long as it doesn’t require too much…well, faith. We long for the Promised Land as long as we don’t have to leave anything behind.
Read the rest of this great article at http://www.thetransformingcenter.org/blog/ereflections/the-wilderness-within/