Descent Spirituality – Eyes and Ears to see and Hear Spaces

In Descent spirituality, less is more. Buddhists teach “non-attachment”. In the words of German philosopher and theologian Meister Eckart, descent spirituality is about subtraction. Especially Descent means to let go of our neat and tidy answers about who is “God,” and entering a mystery that is too big for a name. One mystical writer of 14th century referred to descent as entering into the mystery of “The Cloud of Unknowing.”

The freedom that is born of descent spirituality is well expressed by the poet Hafez: “The small man builds cages for everyone he knows while the sage, who has to duck his head when the moon is low, keeps dropping keys all night long for the beautiful rowdy prisoners.” There is a freedom in descent spirituality; I am free to be myself. There is an acceptance of others who are different than I am. In my mind and attitude they are free to be themselves.

Terms related to Descent spirituality: letting go, fasting, darkness. See also glossary note for apophatic – katophatic.