richard rohr

Solving The Problem

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“No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that caused it in the first place.”

~ Richard Rohr, Falling Upward

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3 Demons

Listening to a Richard Rohr lecture series discussing the Sermon on the Mount. In it he talks about 3 “demons” to be aware of at all times.

  1. The need to be effective.
  2. The need to be right.
  3. The need to be powerful or in control.

Jesus had to confront these before leaving the desert. They cannot be defeated but through awareness one hopes to keep them from running the show.

Interesting that much of the way our society is setup puts these 3 “demons” on a pedastal. Challenging to rewire after a lifetime of this programming.

Absorbing The Mystery

“​Jesus receives our hatred and does not return it. He suffers and does not make the other suffer. He does not first look at changing others, but pays the price of change within himself. He absorbs the mystery of human sin rather than passing it on. He does not use his suffering and death as power over others to punish them, but as power for others to transform them.”

– Richard Rohr, Hope Against The Darkness