Sunday, August 7, 2022

"Thou art divine"


Owen Barfield:

Why is it so desirable that we should become aware of what we are? The answer is, of course, that only by doing so can we become aware of the Spirit in which we are. It has been common ground for the great religions of the world that self-consciousness, when deeply realised in self-knowledge, involves God-consciousness. But it is just here that an important distinction may be made. Religion has always possessed as its heart the truth that God is to be sought for in the Ego of man, and Moses so far made this doctrine exoteric to the ancient Hebrews when he preached the I AM. But here the Ego is always emphatically the Ego of the seeker. Only one religion has ever taught that God is to be sought in the Ego of another man, and that religion is Christianity.

The central discovery wrought in a man by the ancient mystery religions was the discovery “I am divine.” The crucial discovery wrought in a man by Christianity is the experience “thou art divine.” It is only reflected in another that we can see the eternal Self which we are, but not yet. Christ can only make his home in a “relation between two persons.” For a relation between more than two implies the relation between each two – where two or three are gathered together.


Washed in the Blood of the Lamb are We
Awash in a Sonburst Sea
You—Love—and I—Love—and Love Divine:
We are the Trinity

You—Love—and I—We are One-Two-Three
Twining Eternally
Two—Yes—and One—Yes—and also Three:
One Dual Trinity
Radiant Calvary
Ultimate Mystery


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