Reflection: On Being a Mystic in the Third Millennium
“Why, when God’s world is so big, did you fall asleep in a prison of all places?”-Rumi
Dorothy Soelle uses Rumi’s quote above as the introductory quote in her 2001 book ‘The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance.’ She goes on to write that two of those prisons for her were the German protestant church and the academic theology of the post-Enlightenment.
She elucidates this as follows: “….I can simply say that what I want to live, understand, and make known is the love for God.” She says that God’s love for us and our love for God must be mutual, and that mysticism best expresses this mutuality between God and humans and advances the Beloved community of radical grace and radical love.
Beloveds, let us here and now love one another in, with, and through the Universal God of All!
Note: Ms. Soelle lived in Cologne, Germany, born 1929, died 2003.