Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Beautiful Immorality

Richard Rohr wrote: "... it is really possible to have [a] very ugly morality and sometimes [a] rather beautiful immorality" (p.206 in "Yes, And").

So true!. But understanding it at its core has taken me 35-40 years of my life to realise it. When I was younger, I just could not have understood such a claim. It is only as I've begun to understand and experience the complexity (grayness and colourings of life), as opposed to a fictitious black and white world, that I've begun to comprehend this deeply.

Around the above quote, Rohr highlights how spiritual discernment is such a necessary gift to develop, as it enables a person to recognise seemingly bad things can actually sometimes bear good fruit. Rohr talks about "'Yes/And' thinking, rather than simplistic either/or thinking". I would add, that sometimes what may appear 'bad' or 'not ideal', is perhaps good for a period of time, or that the end result may be helpful in some way. e.g. A greater self awareness, wholeness, fulfillment or life essentials being met. My mind goes here to the complex area of prostitution or various forms of casual sex.

I feel Rohr also reminds us that imperfection is not actually a bad thing. He talks about the metaphor of pottery and biblical language of "earthen vessels" and also Leonard Cohen's song 'Anthem' which contains the words "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in".

I like how Rohr offers a different perspective on that horrible word I grew up hearing, "original sin" and all its conatations. Rohr states it's a : "... poor choice of words because the word sin implies fault and culpability, and that is precisely not the point! Original sin was trying to warn us that the flaw at the heart of all reality is nothing we did personally, but that there is simply a crack in everything, and so we  should not be surprised when it shows it'self in us or in everything else. This has the power to keep us patient, humble, and less judgmental". 

May I grow ever more patient, humble and less judgmental first of myself and then that which is other than myself.

I leave you now in peace, with a prayer I wrote back in 2012:


Light is everywhere and always and eventually. 
Even in the dark places, light seems to have a way of making itself present; through the cracks, by a candle, by the gentle breeze that moves the shade of the tree.

Great sustainer, we thank you for the light that appears to us daily, for the warmth of the sunshine that awakens us from our slumber and brightens our day. For the moonlight and stars that bring restful reflection and anticipation of the coming dawn.

So it is, I let it be. Amen and Amen