Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr's
Fourth Theme: Everything belongs and no
one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named
and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light (Ecumenism).
Meditation 35 of 52
We must go through the stages of feeling, not only in the last
death of anything, but all the earlier little deaths. If we abort these
emotional stages by easy answers, all they do is take a deeper form of
disguise and come out in another way. So many people learn that the hard
way—by getting ulcers, by all kinds of psychosomatic diseases, depression,
chronic irritability, and misdirected anger—because they refuse to let
their emotions run their course, honor them consciously, or find some
appropriate place to share them.
Emotions are not right
or wrong, good or bad. They are merely indicators of what is happening, and
must be listened to, usually in the body. People who do not feel deeply
finally do not know or love deeply either. It is the price we pay for
loving. Like Job we must be willing to feel our emotions and come
to grips with the mystery in our head, our heart, and, yes, our body too.
To be honest, that takes our entire life. My emotions are still a mystery
to me, and without contemplation they would control me.