Quote for the Day

The contemplative discipline of meditation, what I will call in this book contemplative practice, doesn’t acquire anything. In that sense, and an important sense, it is not a technique but a surrendering of deeply imbedded resistances that allows the sacred within gradually to reveal itself as a simple, fundamental fact. Out of this letting go there emerges what St. Paul called our “hidden self”: “may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong” (Eph 3:16). Again, contemplative practice does not produce this “hidden self” but facilitates the falling away of all that obscures it.

— Martin Laird, Into the Silent Land:
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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Ellen N. Duell

    Thank you. That is helpful.

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  • brazenbird

    Beautifully said.

  • al jordan

    Laird’s quote seems to support what I call my four legs of spiritual disposition:
    learning to let go
    learning deep acceptance
    learning to trust our source
    learning to live with gratefulness

  • Phil Soucheray

    What a well articulated description of true contemplation. It is so easy for the rational self to want and expect some tangible payoff for our prayer and time focused on communion. But as this offers, true communion is a grace given after we have lost the payoff calculator. Thanks Carl.