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By N. Thomas Johnson-Medland

The concept and word of “entering the circulation” has lengthy been a picture for merger and union. normally it truly is intended to sum up the assumption of union with the Divine precept or God. much less usually, but nonetheless universal, it really is used to photograph the union of rules, our bodies, and movements.

The experience that something folds into or flows into one other and will get misplaced remains to be an important underpinning towards the idea that there's a few “ah ha” second in existence the place we can flow out of easy, common lifestyles and input the sector of ALL understanding. We think that there may be and is a second of merger (a born-again instant), an awakening to anything open air of what it potential to be singularly dual.

It isn't really unintentionally that the 2 sacramental rites inside of Christianity that experience the private roots within the collected group over time—reaching down into the loam of our existence—are Baptism and Eucharist. The first—the initiation rite—is approximately dissolving into God and His mercy and forgiveness. We input into Him and the fullness of His nation. we're crushed via the waters and emerge a brand new creature. The second—the continuation rite—is approximately God dissolving into us. He enters us bringing the fullness of His state. We ingest God (depending upon your theology) in both photograph or truth and we emerge a brand new creature.

The poems that stick to are approximately this “axis of consumption,” this “axis of dissolving” in our lives. we're swallowed up through God. We swallow up God.

“We dwell our lives, daily, considering tens of millions of innovations. And as Deepok Chopra, the renown Hindu thinker, so brilliantly said, we're not basically a suite of recommendations, we're the philosopher of these ideas. it is the house in among these innovations the place you and that i, as participants, stay . . .
It is my honest desire for you that, as a searcher for either the which means in and that means of lifestyles, you are going to proceed to learn what you currently carry on your palms. it really is a great booklet written by way of a great individual. Tom's reward of writing either insightful prose in addition to eloquent poetry will rework you and take you to a spot only a few in existence will ever arrive: head to head with your self and your God.”
—Glenn Walsh
Adjunct Professor of Humanities
Temple University

Tom Johnson-Medland is the meals prone supervisor for Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat heart in Cresco, Pennsylvania. he's the writer of Turning inside of (1998). Tom keeps to post articles on end-of-life concerns, religious path and formation, and meals provider administration. He lives on the camp together with his spouse Glinda and sons Zachary and Josiah.

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