Saturday, October 22, 2011

near




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When the soul leaves the body, it is no longer under the burden and control of space and time.  The soul is free;  distance and separation hinder it no more.  The dead are our nearest neighbors; they are all around us.  Meister Eckhart was once asked, Where does the soul of a person go when the person dies?  He said, no place.  Where else would the soul be going?  Where else is the eternal world?  It can be nowhere other than here.  We have falsely spatialized the eternal world.  We have driven the eternal out into some kind of distant galaxy.  Yet the eternal world does not seem to be a place but rather a different state of being.  The soul of the person goes no place because there is no place else to go.  This suggests that the dead are here with us, in the air that we are moving through all the time.  The only difference between us the the dead is that they are now in an invisible form  You cannot see them with the human eye.  But you can sense the presence of those you love who have died.  With the refinement of your soul, you can sense them.  You feel that they are near.




~ John O'Donohue
from Anam Cara
art by Roderick Maclver



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