God is a spiritual relative about whom we’ve only distantly heard
But never actually met.
We do know that, one day, we’ll have an encounter
But it’ll be a surprise:
One example might be in a dream:
We’re deboarding a train
And notice someone in the passing crowd who looks familiar –
The resemblance to our first love so remarkable
That we can never forget it.
Meeting God “face to face” would have to be something like this –
An individual resurrection experience –
Similar to when the disciples didn’t know who they were talking to –
And only figured it out later.
Yes, sometimes our first encounter with God is in an oblique way –
We meet, and then instantly forget it’s happened –
The proof not in a wound we’re able to plunge a hand into –
But the reverse –
When we sense a gentle hand entering our own body –
Delicately touching our heart –
And spilling “life” out of us –
Yes, sometimes, God can enter us through a dream –
If we’re interested enough
To remember when it happens.
“The ultimate meaning of Love is annihilation.” (Marguerite Porete)
(Marguerite was executed in Paris on June 1, 1310 for writing “The Mirror of Simple Souls” which the inquisitors burned along with her living body)
The “God” of male egos is the orthodox God –
But the God of “no self” is the real God
Women mystics in the Middle Ages (the beguines) knew all about this
And wrote about it until both they and their books were burned
By the “Biggest Ego” in the Western World –
That is, by the Pope’s orders to a congeries of self-centered and ambitious clerical males.