Meister Eckhart: “…as the soul becomes more pure and bare and poor and possesses less of created things, and is emptied of all things that are not God, it receives God more purely, and is more completely in Him, and it truly becomes one with God, and it looks into God and God into it, face to face as it were, two images transformed into one … The eye by which I see God is the eye by which God sees me.”
God’s “broadcast signal” is out there but it requires very fine tuning to home in on it through all the static and noise of powerful signals upon our receiver. To become on the same wave length as You requires that we become that wave length, and the sending and receiving become the same. This wave length is the true self, the “I” which is and is one with You. It is that which we bury under mounds of “things” that act as tumultuous static against homing in on that wave length.
The eyes of my self by which I perceive who You are, are, correlatively, within the power of my perception, the eyes by which You perceive me. In the realm of my imagination then, what You think of me is limited by what I think of You. The mystical perceptions that contemplation yield feed the imagination. We would hope that they are fabricated by Your hand – Your grace in us. They are not necessarily true or false.
As one among us, You have told us and shown us how You perceive our race. This too fuels the concept of our perception of You and, correlatively, Your perception of us in terms of personal relationship. The cloud of unknowing casts its shadow over us yet You allow, to some who empty themselves, small rays of light as fragile connective threads uniting us.
In commenting on the reply to the question: “How do we go about uniting ourselves to God?” Thomas Merton says that a Zen master replied: “We do not answer such questions.” The reason, Merton says, is because Zen perceives us as already being constantly united to You and that it is only through the ignorance of perceiving ourselves as important that we ask such questions. I know nothing of Zen except that Merton was interested in it and wrote about it. Maybe it’s time I explored it.