Heart of Matter: A Discovery

Quote from (Writings in the Time of War) Teilhard recounts his inner journey into All:

“I allowed my consciousness to sweep back to the farthest limit of my body, to ascertain whether I might not expand outside myself. I stepped down into the most hidden depths of my being, lamp in hand and ears alert, to discover whether in the deepest recesses of the blackness within me, I might not see the glint of the waters of the current that flows on…”

Ilia Delio, The Not-Yet God: Carl Jung, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the Relational Whole

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“He hecho refluir mi conciencia hasta la periferia extrema de mi cuerpo para comprobar si no podría prolongarme fuera de mí mismo. He descendido hasta las más ocultas profundidades de mi ser, lámpara en mano y oído atento, para intentar averiguar si en lo más recóndito de la tiniebla que hay en mí no vería yo brillar las aguas de la corriente que pasa, si no escucharía susurrar sus aguas misteriosas que vienen de las más remotas profundidades y van a brotar quién sabe dónde. Y he constatado, lleno de espanto y embriagadora emoción, que mi pobre e insignificante existencia estaba inscrita en la inmensidad de todo cuanto existe y de todo cuanto evoluciona”.

Ilia Delio, The Not-Yet God: Carl Jung, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the Relational Whole

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  1. George Marsh on April 5, 2024 at 12:35 pm

    The thirteenth apostle wrote, three things have lasting power, faith, hope and love, and the greatest is love. Through faith we recall
    the life and promises of Jesus the Christ, through hope we grasp the mysterious saving God, and with our love we gratefully return ourselves as bits of God’s eternal loving. In perhaps more scientific terms, no cosmic energy is lost or wasted; it comes and goes with
    the loving intention of the Ultimate Mystery.

  2. Andy Clifford on April 5, 2024 at 11:22 am

    Maybe Teilhard’s experience here is similar to that of Jean Paul Sartre as recounted in ‘Nausea’; but Sartre already rejected God so was left with a sickening abyss.

  3. Carl Madigan on April 5, 2024 at 9:20 am

    It is only within the depths of our being that we begin to become conscious of the flow that draws us onward.

    May i like Teilhard have the courage to enter into the flow and be carried into my becoming. Journeying with the flow and not struggling against it.

  4. Chris McBride on April 5, 2024 at 8:47 am

    It is all about hope. Hope that there is some light outside of our present darkness….. or feared future darkness. Hope.

  5. Joe Masterleo on April 5, 2024 at 7:49 am

    Spoken like a true mystic, seeking refuge from the horrors of war. And like peeling away layers of an onion, reaching for that within himself that lies just beyond every man’s grasp, the innermost of the innermost. The foundation that is without foundation, the chief cornerstone that most empirical builders reject, can only be found intuitively, along transrational lines, allowing the rational to interpret same as a secondary means of apprehending mystery. And along with a unique capacity for combining analysis and synthesis, he was deftly able to master all three, with a dash of the poetic sprinkled in for good measure. One cannot do an effective religio-scientific synthesis without them all. And which is why few have ever been able to substantively build on, to say nothing of completing, his work ever since.

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