Today’s thought from Richard Rohr has got me thinking … sometimes in life you need to sound a little ‘off balance’ to be in the right place.
In finding your True Self, you will have found an absolute reference point that is both utterly within you and utterly beyond you at the very same time. This grounds the soul in big and reliable Truth. “My deepest me is God!” St. Catherine of Genoa shouted as she ran through the streets of town, just as Colossians had already shouted to both Jews and pagans, “The mystery is Christ within you—your hope of Glory!” (1:27).
The healthy inner authority of the True Self can now be balanced by a more objective outer authority of Scripture and mature Tradition. In other words, your experience is not just your experience. That’s what tells you that you are not crazy. That God is both utterly beyond me and yet totally within me at the same time is the exquisite balance that most religion seldom achieves, in my opinion. Now the law is written on both tablets of stone (Exodus 31:18) and within your heart too (Deuteronomy 29:12-14), and the old covenant has rightly morphed into the new (Jeremiah 31:31-34).