Letters to Jesus (Unhelpful Mindsets and Attitudes) -16
I just read something by a spiritual writer that correlates, in an interesting way, the statement of another writer who says that the great paradox of scripture is that true freedom can only be found in “downward mobility” not in the upward mobility lionized by our culture. That is, the way up is down. What the first writer said was that we’ve got to learn to get out of God’s way. Where the creature ends, God begins. Contained in the correlation between these two thoughts is the old notion of devotions, retreats, spiritual exercises and, indeed, religion itselfpossibly getting in God’s way.
I think what is meant here by “downward mobility” is humility: a movement away (down) from ourselves and out of Your way. The result of this downward movement into the deeper parts of our being frees us from the spiral of augmenting superficialities in an upward swirl of self-indulgence which always stands in Your way. The end of a downward spiral is “nothing” and nothing is where the creature ends; and where the creature ends You begin. So, the more we are able to at least visit our “nothingness” (if not frequently live it) the closer are we to You.
The cloud of unknowing is simply the mist that veils what is beyond (down deeper than) our creature-ness. There is nothing down on that level that can get in Your way. The more we tend to promote ourselves and what we do upward the more we distance ourselves from that level. We begin with nothing and we end with nothing. At both poles we are closer to You. It’s during the time in between that we struggle.