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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

To apprehend THE INTERSECTION OF THE TIMELESS WITH TIME, IS AN OCCUPATION FOR THE SAINT


             To apprehend this timeless place, this is an occupation of the saint. So says T.S.Eliot.
          "A lifetime's death in love."

           It is said ego death is necessary to open a place
within you... where Grace might visit.

           It is necessary to try to find the place
the law of which is not to try.  Through self-surrender
the gift may come to us... gift that gives
the vibrant meaning of things.

                                    "... to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint -
No occupation either, but something given
And taken, in a lifetime's death in love,
Ardour and selflessness and self-surrender." 

                  A quest, a focus on 'something given and
taken, in a lifetime's death in love.'
Here where the past and future are conquered...

"The hint half guessed, the gift half understood,
        is Incarnation."

"For most of us, there is only the unattended
Moment, the movement in and out  of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all."

To find the timeless place of Incarnation.

"For most of us, this is the aim
Never here to be realised;
Who are only undefeated
Because we have gone on trying."

Living near to the mystic ground

"We, content at the last
If our temporal reversion nourish
(Not too far from the yew-tree)
The life of significant soil."




Words taken from "The Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot,
"The Dry Salvages, V"

                                                                           (C)2014 by W.G.Milne

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