Category Archives: Self-emptying Kenosis

Twinned Angel of the Name

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The angel of the Name bears witness to the revelation of the Name in the heart, keeping safe the myatery of Name-hallowing until such time as the heart turns to see.  Deification by grace includes this awakening to the witnessing heavenly twin, the angel of realisation, who is the prophet of our glorification.   Orthodox Hesychasm fully acknowledges theosis to be… Read more »

Well-spring of Stillness

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In the primordial principle or LOGOS, there is ever-present awareness, primordial awareness of presence and primordial presence of awareness, which together turn out to be wisdom’s primordial unveiling of the timeless presence of glory.  All phenomena arise from the uncreated presence of awareness, manifesting liminal presence unveiling glory at the heart of wisdom.  Revelation of the origin uncovers the glory of the Father,… Read more »

Union of Mind and Heart in God

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The union of the mind and the heart in God empties the mind into God in the heart, a grace of union that unveils the ineffability of God’s self-emptying into us and our self-emptying into God.  Wisdom and glory are ineffable both divinely and humanly, but ineffability is not nihilism, neither is self-emptying facile fusion, because ineffability is not confusion… Read more »

Holy Cross

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Christ’s Holy Cross overcomes death by dying; consequently, to live his resurrected life is to embrace death, conquering death.  To cling to life is to die spiritually because the way spiritual death overcomes life is through infecting life with fear of death.  Wisdom does not fear death, because wisdom is undying life, timeless life gloriously dying to life-clinging terror of death.  Resurrection… Read more »

Expansion and Contraction of Awareness

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The timeless expansion of awareness in illumination arises together with the continuing temporal contraction of awareness in purification because whilst glory breaks in with illumination, temporal awareness reasserts itself, dividing future glory from past glory, reducing timeless presence to a fleeting present.  Purification of the heart is already illumination in action, but temporal fluctuation subjects experience of uncreated light to unevenness, a coming… Read more »

From Grace to Grace

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The desert bears witness that wisdom is the fullness of sheer goodness, completeness poured out from grace to grace.  The wisdom of Jerusalem is the glory of God’s Name whilst the wisdom of Athens is self-examination leading from self-forgetfulness through dialectical questioning to the fullness of self-knowledge.  Culturally speaking, this is an integration of two wisdom traditions, the Abrahamic and the… Read more »

Purification, Illumination and Deification

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The very ancient praxis of theoria in desert Hesychasm purifies the eye of the heart with metanoia, (turning), and illumines the eye of the heart by theoria, (seeing), uniting seer and seen in all seven centres of spiritual awareness including and surrounding the heart, beneath and above it.  The three centres beneath the heart were experienced as the throne of glory, ensuring… Read more »

Liberation, Collaboration and Co-inherence

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At this juncture, the ancient tension between past-centred conservatism and future-centred progressivism, together with every received notion of completeness, is devolving into new constellations of liberation, collaboration and co-inherence that transcend all we can grasp or possess.  Today, tensions threaten to divide centre from periphery, north from south, east from west in a proliferation of new ways that press for devolutions… Read more »

Holy Ordinariness

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Our lives appear quite ordinary, but wisdom beholds glory as awareness embracing presence in every perception.  Indeed, awareness is most ordinary but the presence of awareness is glory unveiled in the embrace of wisdom in every moment.  We live between awareness and presence, in the midst of uncreated presence unveiled to uncreated awareness, witnessing wisdom’s love of glory in purifying… Read more »

Eye of the Heart

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When the Apostle speaks of the wisdom, revelation and knowledge of God, he speaks in his Epistle to the Ephesians of the awakening of the eye of the heart (Eph 1:17-18). Without this hallowing awakening of the eye of the heart,  there can be faith understood as conventional belief, but not trust in wisdom and revelation that yields true knowledge of God…. Read more »