Tag Archives: False Self

Growing and Waking Up

Introduction: Image and Likeness Growing and Waking Up Thursday, January 4, 2018 In the beginning, in our original unwoundedness (“innocence”), we lived in an unconscious state of full connection with the divine, like Adam and Eve walking naked in the garden with God. But it didn’t take long for us to think of ourselves as Read More »

Letting Go of the False Self

Self-Emptying Letting Go of the False Self Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) Meister Eckhart, the German Dominican mystic (c. 1260-c.1328), said that spirituality has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition. [1] Yet our culture, both secular and Christian, seems obsessed with addition: getting rich, becoming Read More »

Thomas Merton, Part II

Mysticism: Week 2 Thomas Merton, Part II Friday, October 6, 2017 I learned the terms “True Self” and “false self” from Thomas Merton—words he used to clarify what Jesus surely meant when he said that we must die to ourselves or we must “lose ourselves to find ourselves” (Mark 8:35). Merton rightly recognized that it Read More »

Two Kinds of Darkness

Hope in the Darkness Two Kinds of Darkness Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Darkness is a good and necessary teacher. It is not to be avoided, denied, run from, or explained away. First, like Ezekiel the prophet, we must eat the scroll that is “lamentation, wailing, and moaning” in our belly, and only eventually becomes sweet Read More »

Including Everything

Forgiveness Including Everything Thursday, August 31, 2017 The True Self is always humble. It knows that we didn’t do it right and that it isn’t even about doing it right; it’s just about doing it. Our True Self knows that everything belongs. That means holding together the good and the bad, the dark and the light, Read More »

Being Your True Self

Sin: Symptom of Separation Being Your True Self Monday, August 21, 2017 It would be absurd to suggest that someone go into a room she is already in! —Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582) [1] “Sin” primarily describes a state of living outside of union, when the part poses as the Whole. It’s the loss of any Read More »

Living in God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Living in God Friday, August 18, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In ways known only to God, the one seeking God in silence unexpectedly falls through the barriers Read More »

The Illusion of Our False Self

True Self and False Self: Week 2 The Illusion of Our False Self Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In the following text, Merton makes clear that the self-proclaimed autonomy of the false Read More »

Discovering Self in Discovering God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Discovering Self in Discovering God Monday, August 14, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. For Merton, the spiritual life is a journey in which we discover ourselves in discovering Read More »

Our Ultimate Identity

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Our Ultimate Identity Sunday, August 13, 2017 Thomas Merton (1915-1968) developed wonderful insights into the true self and false self. James Finley, one of CAC’s core faculty members, lived and prayed with Merton for six years at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. This week Jim shares some Read More »

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