This root meditation is intended to be a way of realizing Oneness in the greater silence of contemplative prayer amidst a life that never seems to step out of helter skelter of life in the fast lane. Take a moment to ponder the meaning of existence as you reflect on the questions which follow. Return later to go further up and further into freedom by contemplating the Logos as you filter it – “We see through a glass but darkly” (-Plato) – through the prism of St. Paul’s mystical words.
The Letter to the Galatians has been called the Magna Carta of Christian Freedom. The passages on freedom in fact hold our attention. We must also imagine the force that these passages could have in societies conditioned by slavery, where a desire for liberty was felt everywhere.
The very incomplete information we have about the crisis that prompted the writing of this letter does not enable us to draw any firm conclusions about the errors the Apostle is dealing with. What is certain is that the Galatians, all converts from paganism (they never practiced the Law of Moses) were confused by preachers who advocated the adoption of that Law and the practice of circumcision in order to become true Christians. The desire to “do more,” to follow a law fixing specific behavior in order to calm anxiety or soothe worries (freedom is frightening) could make them vulnerable to the arguments of Paul’s opponents.
What should the behavior of Christians in the world be? Should there not be a law to clarify it? This question was even more pressing since these Christians were aware that, even though they were baptized and living a new life, a complicity with what could keep them far from the Gospel still existed in them. That is what Paul called the “flesh”.
St. Paul wanted to address these concerns, and he sums up the core of his response in three verses. “Follow the guidance of the Spirit and you will no longer do what the flesh desires.” “If you are led by the Spirit, you are no longer subject to the Law.” “If we live by the Spirit, let us also follow the guidance of the Spirit.”
It is as if Paul wanted to say: of course the freedom that we have been given does not exclude an inner struggle. We must wage this struggle with confident trust, because we must never underestimate what the Spirit is able to produce in our lives: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” Christians are not subject to the Law, they do not practice it, but they fulfill it by loving.
Love is mystical marriage of Truth and Beauty, of the Lover and the Beloved as as one in oneness of always higher love redeeming love just as it already is: Such love is the Goodness that is beyond all the petty narcissism of limited and unawakened concepts of the true self. There is the selfish self out of which unfolds the unselfish self: Beyond but integrating both of these self-concepts is the permanent of selfless self wherein abides the Sacred Heart of Freedom itself.
Nostrum Statum Pinget Rosa – We are as the mystical rose unfolding.
The sacred warrior rests in the Freedom that is beyond all anxiety. How does (s)he maintain this state of konsciousness?
“The sacred warrior follows the guidance of Spirit.” How difference is there between Spirit and following of The Pathless Path of Higher Love?