A Deep Awareness


Deep within us is a sense, an awareness, a consciousness of something rock solid, something beyond ourselves, something mysterious. Sometimes we name it “God.” 

Psalm 42:7-8 
 7 Deep called to deep at the noise of your waterfalls; all your massive waves surged over me. 8 By day the Lord commands his faithful love; by night his song is with me — a prayer to the God of my life.

[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

We come
— theist atheist a/theist an atheist —
wondering about
phenomena identified
with the name of God …
nothingness, love, ground of being
dance, joy, the Other, Thou
Lord, YHWH
burning bush, still small voice …

These are
labels, categories, logos,
symbols, metaphors
that express our lack
of comprehension,
our inability to understand
the mystery,
our human propensity
to think we know
the answers

Behind the labels
underneath the categories
there is a profound hunger
a thirst resonating within
deep calling to deep
echoing through
the noise of waterfalls
love drawing us to others
a song singing us
into harmony
with the universe.

The song’s refrain
becomes our prayer
and love’s blessing
becomes our “Amen.”

There is a deep awareness (perhaps what Carl J. Jung call the collective unconscious) that is best described as an insistence, a lure toward wholeness, an invitation into connection, a nudge favoring fuller humanness, an attraction of openness, a calling in the name of God (perhaps).

This inner event is incomplete in and of itself. It invites a response – my response, your response. For the religious person – that is, one who identifies the insistence with God’s call – to experience the insistence without responding is to further God’s incompleteness. God is a transactional event – God calls, I respond; insistence insists, I am lured into action; an unheard inner voice invites, I stir to invest my energies and passion beyond me. When you or I respond to the insistence and reach beyond ourselves to befriend another or the creation, God happens!


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