We have been meditating on how the seventh chakra is all about community, including our relationship to light beings such as allies trying to live a life of light in service to others; ancestors or the communion of saints; and angels who are beings of light.
Meister Eckhart offers still more understandings of the spark of the soul when he says that spark connects with the “living water.” It is where spirit (human) meets Spirit (God).
Eckhart says that that the spark seeks the Godhead itself.
In every way the spark in the soul is borne up in the light and in the Holy Spirit and carried right up into the primal source, and it becomes so fully one with God and seeks the One so fully, that it is more truly one with God than the food is with my body — indeed far more, insofar as it is far more pure and noble.
Eckhart teaches that the spark of the soul encounters God as “bare” and “naked.” In the spark of the soul there is
…hidden something like the original outbreak of all goodness, something like a brilliant light which incessantly gleams, and something like a burning fire which burns incessantly. This fire is nothing other than the Holy Spirit.
It is a simple power that recognizes God.
This spark…wants nothing but God naked, just as He is…
This light is not content with the simple changeless divine being which neither gives nor takes: rather it seeks to know where this being comes from. It wants to get into its simple ground, into the silent desert into which no distinction ever appeared, of Father, Son or Holy Spirit.
What is this ground?
This ground is a still stillness, with no motion in itself, and by this immobility all things are in motion, and all those who receive life that live of themselves, being endowed with reason.
It is clear that Eckhart is reaching deep and wide in a quest to explain the almost unexplainable mystery of how the human soul touches the divine. But he leaves us with many images that touch our consciousness in a deep way if we allow it to—outbreak of all goodness, a brilliant light that incessantly gleams, a burning fire which burns unendingly that is—nothing other than the Holy Spirit.
He is trying to name the ineffable.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart, pp. 373f.
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Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart
Matthew Fox’s comprehensive translation of Meister Eckhart’s sermons is a meeting of true prophets across centuries, resulting in a spirituality for the new millennium. The holiness of creation, the divine life in each person and the divine power of our creativity, our call to do justice and practice compassion–these are among Eckhart’s themes, brilliantly interpreted and explained for today’s reader.
“The most important book on mysticism in 500 years.” — Madonna Kolbenschlag, author of Kissing Sleeping Beauty Goodbye.