Friday, March 21, 2014

Listening for the Heartbeat of God

Today's video was an immediate reminder of a book with the title of this blog, because the book is also based on the picture Br. Koester shows in the video.  This blog asks you to sit, quietly, still, until you are able to hear your own heartbeat.  And then, to put yourself into the position of John in the picture, and listen for the heartbeat of God.

In this same way, there's a section in the book that says:
John's Gospel begins with the Word that was in the beginning:  'All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being' (John 1:3).  The perspective is a universal one.  Matthew's Gospel, on the other hand, begins with the words, 'The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham' (Matthew 1:1).  Here the perspective is particular.  The tendency in the John tradition is always to see God in relation to the whole of creation, in relation to 'all things.'  It refers, for instance, to the Light 'that enlightens every person coming into the world' (John 1:9).  John's canvas is the whole cosmos.  Like his symbol, the eagle in flight, he sees as from a height the whole of life, its beginning and its end.  His perspective is infinite.  In looking at one thing, the life of Christ, his vision includes all things, for Christ is the life of all life.  (p. 96)
So, when you do the exercise, is there a difference in your connection to God in the sound of the heartbeats? 

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