He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. – Daniel 2:22

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He = the LORD.

I love the way Erich Fromm’s The Forgotten Language delves into the voices of dreams and of mythology, finding a depth and richness that often make modern observers uncomfortable, yet generally valued by so-called primitive peoples. My own introduction via Jerome Rothenberg’s Technicians of the Sacred gave me an appreciation for fragments and the intelligence of so-called primitive peoples who observe closely – more closely than we contemporaries who are so overwhelmed with sensory input from so many directions.

Dreams, of course, emerge in the darkness of sleep and the night. Scripture tells of many things being revealed through them, especially when skilled interpreters like Joseph or Daniel are at hand.

Too often the spiritual life seems to focus on the Light and good times, what we find in the open, safe places. But there’s another side as well, where deep and secret things are to be revealed.

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And this is the Perfection the Quakers plead for, viz. That People may conform unto, and come to he guided by that perfect Principle of God, placed not only in their Consciences, but in the Consciences of all Men; which as they yield Obedience to, they will be enabled to keep the Commandments of the Lord, and so come to witness in themselves the fulfilling of his Determination, which is to finish Transgression, and to make an End of Sin, and to bring in everlasting Righteousness, as was seen in Daniel ‘s Vision. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)


2 thoughts on “First Month 19

  1. I tried to read Fromm’s “Psychoanalysis and Religion,” I’m not a patient person. I became bogged down with what I perceived as human first and God a concept then the margins became space for argument I stopped listening. I’m not s ure can listen now

    1. I can think of a few other books like that, where we’ve been told these are important but the argument just bogs down or seems irrelevant.
      Maybe that should be an entire other list as everyone weighs in.

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