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Surrendering in the StableAn Advent Reflection

An Advent Reflection

“There is nothing so unknown to the soul as herself.” ~Meister Eckhart

The season of advent reminds me that I have the opportunity to let Love be born in me each moment, to let the Virgin part of me, which is my soul, be the place from which I interact with all that is. In the very Center of my Virginity is the image of the divine, without conditions, traits, or static identity; but a Process of interbeing, that manifests as Love. This Imago Deo requires an eternal emptiness because it is profuse with possibilities. For Infinite Benevolent Compassion can only know Itself in an act of generous offering that responds with freshness in the perpetual now.

To receive and birth this Everlasting Purity in the sacred present, requires that I, as all the great mystics instruct, empty myself of the persona that I have created and the commentary about life to which I cling and endlessly repeat. Birthing the divine must be more important to me than objects and attachments, concepts and beliefs, prejudices and my own pain. It is only into this fertile virginity that Christ may be made manifest, not by force of my will, but by release of my own agenda — an operation of surrender, not effort. For perhaps I would write the story without trial, temptation, and death; yet it is through this stable of straw and manure, the human condition, that Love awaits my, “Yes, be it done to me according to your will. ”


Dear friend,

May your mind be peaceful and calm, may your body be relaxed and comfortable, and may your heart be filled with love.

Thank you for reading.

Blessings and gratitude, Ani

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Dec 07, 2022

I’ve read this several times today and each time it’s richer than the time before. What an incredible space. Thanks!

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