Double Negation, The Purest Form Of Unity

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God’s Intention In Creating, Fell First On The Whole, On A Harmoniously Working Universe Designed To Reach Its End In God’s Absolute Unity

Meister Eckhart Conversation Continued

“Don’t forget, Meister Eckhart was put on trial for heresy!” said Bill. “But, I think more was going on there than that.”

“How so?” I replied.

“The Son,” Bill said, “the image of God, for Eckhart, in addition to being made flesh, was also identified with the Logos, with truth—the truth that saves and, ultimately, sets one free. Jesus said, ‘I am the truth, the life, and the way.’ He understood who he was, and dared to speak it because he was the ‘truth’, and he lived his life that way. Eckhart’s teachings were problematic. It should be pointed out, though, that he believed he was unfairly accused, and he was probably right. They don’t call it mysticism for nothing you know.”

“But, I still don’t understand,” I replied. “How are Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and double negation connected?”

“Well, to the best of my knowledge,” Bill responded, “the Holy Spirit and the Son represent God’s goodness. In the Godhead, Son and the Holy Spirit are not from nothing, but are God from God, light from light. They are three in One. Priority is given to the hidden Godhead, but without the Son and Holy Spirit there would be nothing to unify, nothing to affirm. Eckhart’s concepts for Son and Holy Spirit are—or may be understood, as being isomorphic with your being-what-is-not-while-not-being-what-is. In other words, the affirmation that both you and Eckhart call the ‘ground of God’ is implied in the double negation, the purest form of unity. Therefore, the Meister was able to make statements like: ‘Unity exists between God and God’s creatures,’ and ‘God’s existence must be my existence.’ It is God’s inherent oneness/threeness relationship that unfolds, as the transcendent-immanent relationship of God. But, of course, Eckhart’s accusers saw only a contradiction—for them, the transcendent God was separate from nature. Throughout his trial, though, Eckhart never wavered. For him, God was both absolute unity and transcendent. In the eyes of the church that contradiction constituted heresy. How could it be otherwise?”

“But that’s not heresy,” I replied, “it’s not even a contradiction. It’s simply freedom’s dialectic working itself out in the human Logos. Eckhart’s “image of God made flesh,” or the Son of God, is that part of the Logos that allows you and me to seek out an answers to questions, “why or why not.” The Holly Spirit–Goodness of God, or as Eckhart says, the Three in One part of God that unifies and affirms, is, on the other hand, that part of the Logos that separates, embeds and connects—connects to the space of logical implication, connects to the “Presence of God.” Not only does this double negative aspect of the Holly Spirit–Goodness of God, connect everything to transcendent God, it also connects God to all life affirmations and self-conscious affirmations. Life affirmations are affirmed in the restrictive physical environment, while self-conscious affirmations are affirmed in the factual environment of physical events. Life, therefore, is not separate from its negation—the physical environment, and, self-consciousness is not separate from its negation–the physical event. More specifically, in the language of the Logos, built into the Logos is the conservation principle that keeps everything connected to its opposite, that keeps everything unified and affirmed in transcendent God–the Three in One God of Meister Eckhart.

“Yes, that seems to all follow,” Bill responded, “but try explaining that to someone who doesn’t want to understand. Eckhart defended himself by saying that ‘God’s intention in creation, fell first on the whole,’ on the levels of a harmoniously working universe ‘designed to reach its end in God’s absolute unity.’”

“I see what you mean,” I replied, “what else could he say, given the spirit of his times? And even further, it doesn’t seem as though the Meister made the connection between self-consciousness and God’s transcendent nature. Is that right?”

To be concluded….


2 Responses to “Double Negation, The Purest Form Of Unity”

  1. SophiaSeeker Says:

    I wasn’t sure where to post this, didn’t want to interrupt your conversation with that cute-brunette on your profile page… newest defininiton of Truth = :

    Truth is but a [relationship] of [independent-consistency] between variables and environment and the work or principle to be done or divined in any one given context.


    this was a conclusion I reached in a 500-word article, listed elsewhere..if interested i could email it to you at your convenience..


  2. dave Says:

    She is a bit of chameleon when it comes to character pictures (avatars), but I agree with you, cute is cute and we should all be greatful. My page comments now come mostly in response to an answer I posted on yahoo answers. In the not to distant future my blog will turn into a place to post one page after another of a very long writing project(s)—boring, but at least it will remain a place to connect to people from YA.

    It seems to me that you could say the same thing about truth in simpler language, like say: The bird outside my window is eating birdseed from the feeder–or, in other words, a declarative statement about the reality outside my window (or inside my head) that either corresponds with the statement or does not correspond (the correspondence theory of truth), or am I missing something?

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