Welcome to Week 24 of 2012.
If you were reading In the Same Breathand following the mystical thread of unity between Spirit and Creation, your quote to ponder this week would come from Symeon, an abbott in Constantinople who lived from 949 to 1042. He was a Eastern Christian mystic who had been a
counselor to three Emperors before becoming a monk.
O Light that none can name, for it is altogether nameless.
O Light with many names, for it is at work in all things…
How do you mingle yourself with grass?
How, while continuing unchanged, altogether inaccessible,
Do you preserve the nature of the grass unconsumed?
Through the lens we use, Symeon was asking a major question: How do Creator and Creation, spirit and physical beings, the ethereal and the stuff of matter, become One?
It’s the same mystery we follow through In the Same Breath across spiritualities. At that time in history, it was also being asked by Sufi mystics and Jewish scholars.
It is still being asked today. What is your answer?