Interior Castle of St. Teresa of Avila: Mansion Seven Beauty
“The spiritual journey inward to the Beloved is the journey home. To who I truly am. A circular, spiral, womb-like experience. Non-linear. Journey of remembering and forgetting.
Contemplative prayer is about aligning myself with the highest intention; to be with my beloved. Learning that we cannot figure out holy mystery with our minds.
When the sluggish worm completely dissolves into a sort of cellular soup, becoming nothing in a cocoon. And later transforms into a beautiful butterfly flitting about.
Coming to know God with God’s own mind. Coming to love God with God’s own heart. Looking through the eyes of love and seeing only love.
When lover dissolves completely into the Beloved. The subject/object distinction is obliterated. There is no longer union with the Beloved. There is only love. Consummated marriage of the soul.
Then we return to the world of seeming separation, knowing that there is no separation; that I am in Him and He is in me.
And now the only task is to give ourselves in service to the world. That is all that is left to do. Seeing every face as the face of the Beloved.
To be of service may look very different from what we think it will look like. Do only what is yours to do. Let not others tell you otherwise.”
(Mirabai Starr speaking on The Interior Castle webinar series available through Center for Action and Contemplation. Learn more at https://cac.org/online-ed/interior-castle-course-description/)