The Present Moment

DSC02259“Come, not only to look at a map of the spiritual country, but to possess it and walk in it without fear of losing your way. Come, not to study the history of God’s divine action, but to be its object; not to learn what it has achieved throughout the centuries and still does, but simply to be the subject of its operation. There is no need to bother about what has been told to others; there are words for you alone.”

— Jean Pierre de Caussade (7 March 1675 – 8 December 1751)

de Caussade was a French Jesuit priest and writer known for his work Abandonment to Divine Providence (also translated as The Sacrament of the Present Moment). Caussade believed that the present moment is a sacrament from God and that self-abandonment to it and its needs is a holy state.

Douglas Harding: Four Stages of Life

Douglas Harding was the brilliant man who discovered, and fearlessly shared, his highly original insights (including most famously “The Headless Way”) for decades. Here he is teaching about the four stages of life. Well worth viewing.

Douglas Harding died in 2007, nearly 98 and still gobsmacked by life. Fortunately for us many of his friends (he never called them students!) learned the practice and many of them share it enthusiastically. Richard Lang is the best known: his website can be viewed here and is worth a long, long explore.