“The deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God” — Albert Einstein

There is that space within each and every one of us where we must rest in silence before that which is the ground of our being. For it is in that space from which we re-emerge to continue to confront the world we find ourselves in. Einstein speaks of “the deeply emotional conviction…” that he attributes to a superior reasoning power. Watts describes this state as that place from which further attempts to deconstruct or reduce phenomena is absurd.

Scientific positivism is the assertion that if anything cannot be seen, heard, tasted, touched , smelled and cannot be measured, then it doesn’t exist. This is the arena of physical science, from which practitioners in other fields of study find common ground to assert their findings. Those of us who are sometimes seen and disparaged as anti-reductionists, find that the line between subject and object is very blurry indeed.


Einstein, the great scientist and mathematician grounds his be-ing on something that most of his peers would find illusory, indeed. I teared up when I first read this quotation. Moses had been there on Mount Sinai, Jesus and chosen apostles were there on Mount Tabor and I have shared with my spiritual director being there, also. This presence is not something you learn to do or is granted after x years of meditation or faithful service. It is a gift you are asked to receive. My endocrinologist at the time said these episodes were not hot flashes from my gender reassignment. My spiritual director said I was becoming more spiritual. Now, as a being towards death*, my being is prepared for its return to Being.


There is the story of Pilgrim, who was troubled about not being able to find God in the mountains, hills, valleys and rivers he encountered in his journey seeking enlightenment. When he was dying he finally understood. God was in the mountains, hills, valleys and rivers he encountered. In fact, God was closer to Pilgrim than Pilgrim was to himself and farther away from him than the farthest point in the universe. Now he could die in peace and let the mountains, hills, valleys and rivers just be themselves.

*Being And Time by Martin Heidegger

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