“At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us… It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely…I have no program for this seeing. It is only given. But the gate of heaven is everywhere.”
Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, 1968
.For more of my own writing related to the above quote, please follow the links below:
The significance of the insignificance of self
Die Bedeutung der Geringfügigkeit des Selbst (in German)
4 thoughts on ““At the center …”
I’m glad you quoted Thomas Merton. I have his books. My fav is the Seven Storey Mountain.
The books of Merton and other contemplative writers are a great source of inspiration. I have yet to read the Seven Story Mountain.
On the other hand, I am hesitant to read and know all the great writers. It seems to keep me from the direct experience of the divine, because “acquaintance with facts and details does not necessarily imply a deep appropriation of the same” (Margaret Fell,1694).