Richard Rohr: People who’ve had any genuine spiritual experience always know that they don’t know

People who’ve had any genuine spiritual experience always know that they don’t know. They are utterly humbled before mystery. They are in awe before the abyss of it all, in wonder at eternity and depth, and a Love, which is incomprehensible to the mind.

– Richard Rohr

Yes, genuine spiritual openings reveal the mystery inherent in all.

It’s only when thoughts come in to interpret and make a story about it that we may be able to tell ourselves that we know and understand. But we don’t really – at least not at the level of stories. We just tell ourselves we do.

Note: Some would say that if the “spiritual experience” goes a bit further, it’s not an experience anymore. It’s what we are noticing itself. It’s a noticing, not an experience. Although, for me, a noticing is a kind of experience. I understand where they are coming from, and appreciate the distinction, but feel it’s a bit idealized.

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