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Parker Palmer on Transcendence


We must resist the popular tendency to think of transcendence as an upward and outward escape from the realities of self and world. instead, transcendence is a breaking-in, a breathing of the Spirit of love into the heart of our existence, a literal in-spiration that allows us to regard ourselves and our world with more trust and hope than ever before. To experience transcendence means to be removed–not from self and world, but from that hall of mirrors in which the two endlessly reflect and determine one another. Prayer takes us out–not out of self and world, but out of their closed, circular logic. (Palmer, To Know As We Are Known, p. 13)


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