Yeshua says: “Blessed is the one who was,
before coming into being.

“If you become my students, and listen to my words,
these stones will serve you.
In Paradise there are five trees that do not change
from summer to winter; their leaves do not fall.

“Whoever comes to know them will not taste death.”

Yahweh said to the prophet Jeremiah,

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’
(Jeremiah 1:5)

The spiritual journey aims at uncovering in me an awareness of this dimension of life that transcends physical form, this realm of existence that existed “before coming into being.”

In order to uncover within myself this reality I must become a “student” of truth and “listen” to words that are eternal.

Jesus pointed to this steady, eternal, deathless realm that exists outside of all time when he promised,

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

This is the realm where

there are five trees that do not change
from summer to winter; their leaves do not fall.

When I live with the consciousness of that realm that does “not change” I find the steady still point that TS Eliott named in section II of “Burnt Norton” (1935) when he wrote:

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered.

The world is certainly “turning,” often madly, always unpredictably, frequently with unsettling turmoil. But there always remains a dimension to life that is “Neither flesh nor fleshless… Where past and future are gathered.” This “still point” exists outside of time beyond intellectual formulation, or rational grasp. It is this mystery my heart longs to know. I yearn for the place where I carry within myself a steady, enduring strength that reaches beyond the boundaries of physical nature. This “place” is not bound by time nor defined by movement. In this place all life is gathered together and held in the stillness of one great mysterious dance of love.


SOUL: Stop – Open – Unburden – Listen

When I let go of the burden of struggling to make life work in this timebound material realm the possibility of apprehending the deep dimension of mystery opens in the centre of my being where true life unfolds.