Thursday, May 8, 2014

Awakening to what is eternal

There is something about Weil's analogy in this brief passage that I find captivating.  One rarely thinks so clearly as she about how deep the grace of God must reach into our souls; gradually to transform the way we perceive reality.  True light, the light of eternity, can only been seen, and true silence, the silence of the eternal Word, can only be heard, when we let go of the illusion of being in the "imaginary position as the centre."  Only the one who is willing to be a contemplative, that is, willing to humbly walk by faith, will suddenly recognize the Truth before them.

“We live in a world of unreality and dreams. To give up our imaginary position as the centre, to renounce it, not only intellectually but in the imaginative part of our soul, that means to awaken to what is real and eternal, to see the true light and hear the true silence. A transformation then takes place at the very roots of our sensibility, in our immediate reception of sense impressions and psychological impressions. It is a transformation analogous to that which takes place in the dusk of evening on a road, where we suddenly discern as a tree what we had at first seen as a stooping man; or where we suddenly recognise as a rustling of leaves what we thought at first was whispering voices. We see the same colours, we hear the same sounds, but not in the same way.”

Excerpt From: Weil, Simone. “Waiting on God"