This week we talk to Richard Rohr
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including The Naked Now, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, His newest book is The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation.
In This Interview, Richard Rohr and I Discuss…
- Non-dualistic thinking
- That non-dualistic thinking is not a balancing act, but rather it’s about holding the tension of opposites
- The difficulty of living without resolution
- The human psyche identifies with things – it searches for an identity
- The story of the tree from the garden of Eden is a warning against thinking one knows what perfect good and perfect evil is. It’s a warning against dualistic thinking.
- Trans-rational thinking is beyond access to the rational mind
- The 6 things that require trans-rational thinking
- How we can be active in our world but not hate our enemies
- That we’ve confused information with transformation
- Soft Prophecy
- That the message of the prophets is only about 2% about foretelling Jesus
- How important it is to change your mind
- How we’ve confused cleaning up, growing up, waking up and showing up in our lives
- That the ego wants 2 things: to be separate and superior
- Projectors vs Introjectors
- That prayer is about changing you, not changing God
- You’ll be as hard on other people as you are hard on yourself
Richard Rohr Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.