The Senses as God’s Means to Communicate

Journey to Oneness are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of his last DVD series That We May Be One in July 2016. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posed every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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The senses, you might say, every one of them, are means in which God is communicating new truths, new aspects, showing his love and so on. The sense of smell becomes an attraction towards interior silence and peace; and hearing you melt into a sound; or in seeing you melt into the tree; or in touching, God sometimes embraces us or kisses us or whatever, you feel embraced. And finally, in tasting you experience the inner presence of God, which is nourishing and delicious and sustaining and all the other things. So, it’s that kind of experience that enables the difficulties on the spiritual journey to be overcome and the overwhelming negativity of society, which is going in the opposite direction, faster and faster.

Los Sentidos Como El Medio Por El Que Dios Se Comunica Con Nosotros

Podríamos decir que cada uno de los sentidos es un medio por el que Dios nos comunica nuevas verdades, nuevos aspectos, y nos muestra su amor.

El sentido del olfato se convierte en una atracción por el silencio interior y la paz; por el oído nos fundimos en un sonido; con la vista nos fundimos con un árbol, por ejemplo; o por medio del tacto Dios a veces nos abraza o besa, o nos sentimos abrazados. Y finalmente, con el gusto experimentamos la presencia interior de Dios, que es nutritiva, deliciosa y sustanciosa. Es este tipo de experiencia la que permite que superemos las dificultades de la travesía espiritual y la abrumadora negatividad de la sociedad, que se mueve cada vez más rápido en dirección opuesta