silent transitions :: transcendence, escape, awakening

January 31, 2011

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”  – C.S. Lewis


Sometimes I make this silent transition when I’m singing, full throated and joyful.  More than once I remember my sense of the eternal waking up while I was weeping.  Most often I “slip the surely bonds of earth” when I’m reading the Bible and I hear God whisper, “that’s you.”

When do you escape your body and remember you’re an eternal soul?


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5 responses to silent transitions :: transcendence, escape, awakening

  1. Cool. That video should have been in Inception. 🙂 A post definitely deserving of a Lewis quote.

  2. I would say early in the morning, sitting outside (during the summer) on my deck, watching the sun rise while there’s no worldly distractions. God has expanded my mind during these moments, beyond my understanding. It really is beautiful,

    • Dan, thanks for that picture. I’ve had those quiet sunrise moments, too. One really notable time for me of feeling connected to my eternalness and the frailty and impermanence of my earthly shell was a couple of years ago in Hilton Head, SC. It was midnight, and I went down to the beach alone with a low beach chair to look out over the black ocean. There was a strong wind, and there was no division between the black sea and the black ocean, except for the white flashing waves crashing into the shore. The tide was coming in. Rapidly. And the waves would surprise me breaking out of the black, getting closer. As the wind picked up, a brilliant lightning storm broke out over the ocean, and in the lightning flashes I could see the rough water several miles offshore, in the strobe flash of the lightning. In those moments, I savored feeling small, and I pondered the power of my God, and I felt amazed again that He would grant me eternity with Him.

      God bless, Dan. Thanks again for checking in here.

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