For instance, from Joan Chittister, a Catholic nun:
The shape and cultivation of the God-life is a very personal thing. It touches each of us in the same way and yet differently. The sense of the presence of God is almost natural to many and a real struggle to some. But whatever our natural inclination for God, there are, nevertheless, some givens: We must be open to the God within us. We must be free of the shackles of the mind. We must be willing to forgo everything we have been told about God to this point. Realize that all of it is inadequate, partial, well-meaning, but fallacious to a fault. We must
not fear to go beyond proofs for the unprovable, or beyond belief to the unknown. Just because we do not know does not mean that we do not know. As the Tao says, 'The Way that can be told is not the eternal Way'.
Once we empty ourselves of our certainties, we open ourselves to the mystery. We expose ourselves to the God in whom "we live and move and have our being." We bare ourselves to the possibility that God is seeking us in places and people and things we thought were outside the pale of the God of our spiritual childhood. Then life changes color, changes tone, changes purpose. We begin to live more fully, not
just in touch with earth, but with the eternal sound of the universe as well.
The other day, I sensed God impressing the following to me (through a book called "Conversations with God"):
"You must be willing to really know Me. Not simply to know what you *think* about Me. If your beliefs about Me make it impossible to know Me as I really am, then all the belief in the world won't work. You'll continue to know what you think you know, instead of what's really so.
You must be willing to suspend what you imagine you already know about God, in order to know God the way you've never imagined."
My spirit grasps this, even as my mind reels ...
And I have to ask, "Why wouldn't that be God...?"