but…

by Andrea Elizabeth

“Let not these words disturb you, for I am not implying the destruction of our power of self-determination, but rather affirming our fixed and unchangeable natural disposition, that is, a voluntary surrender of the will, so that from the same source whence we received our being, we should also long to receive being moved, like an image that has ascended to its archetype, corresponding to it completely, in the way that an impression corresponds to its stamp, so that henceforth it has neither the inclination nor the ability to be carried elsewhere, or to put it more clearly and accurately, it is no longer able to desire such a thing, for it will have received the divine energy – or rather it will have become God by divinization – experiencing far greater pleasure in transcending the things that exist and are perceived to be naturally its own. This occurs through the grace of the Spirit that has conquered it, showing that it has God alone acting within it, so that through all there is only one sole energy, that of God and of those worthy of God, or rather of God alone, who in a manner befitting His goodness wholly interpenetrates all who are worthy.”

Ambiguum 7 continued.

I suppose the fixity is in our will, not in our movement, unless we’re talking about our will’s vacillating employment in moving away and back again. He goes on to talk about transfiguration which blinds us to anything but God. I resist a bit because I like seeing the stars at night that are obliterated by the sun during the day. I like seeing the individual faces of icons, of Moses and Elijah, before they were swallowed up by Christ’s light. Perhaps when one is used to the light, he can see the things existing within it?

Advertisements