I found this little article in an e-newsletter sent to me by the Rev. Kathy Pforr, Chaplain at Lutheran Hospital.  I found it very moving and wanted to share it with you.

Allen

From the September 15 e-mail newsletter, “The Soul Of BioEthics” from the HealthCare Chaplaincy, edited by Harry “Rick” Moody:

BURNING THE FALSE SELF

“Suffering is a predominant feeling of the process though which a human being must pass as the mental ego deconstructs and the transpersonal self is birthed… The suffering comes from the clinging we do to all those facets of self we imagined ourselves to be and that burn off in the process of becoming Light. It is the
very burning off of those facets, the facets giving themselves up as fuel, that is the fire of transformation. The naked confrontation with reality, pure awareness, is an arduous process involving the de-animation of many layers of identity as the self dissolves into Oneness. W.B. Yeats puts it this way: ‘The price of a soul is sorrow.’ ”

-Kathleen Dowling Singh
THE GRACE IN DYING (p. 109)

In that remarkable film “Jacob’s Ladder” there is an angelic healing figure, a chiropractor played by Danny Aiello, who quotes Meister Eckhart: “The only thing that burns in hell is self-will.”

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