An I That Is Experiencing…

Peace, one and all…

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‘In this realm also you can observe two things: an ‘I’ that is experiencing and something that is experienced… That which experiences, on the other hand, is known by many names: the ‘kingdom of Heaven’ or ‘kingdom of God’,’ ‘the light,’ ‘Sophia’ or ‘Wisdom,’ ‘the Word’ or ‘Logos,’ and nous…All these terms reveal different aspects of this primordial Self, or experiencer… Rudolf Steiner says, ‘Body and soul are the vehicles of the ‘I’; it works in them. Just as the physical body has its center in the brain, the soul has its center in the ‘I”…

Understood in this way, these terms cast new light on many Gospel texts. When Christ says, ‘Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33), he is giving a one-sentence commentary of inner Christianity…And when the Gospel says of the Logos, ‘The world knew him not’ (John 1:10), this is because the world, strictly speaking, cannot know; it is what is known. ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 8:12) points to the truth that the ‘I’ that perceives is what makes it possible for the world to be seen at all; without a perceiver, an experiencer, it is nothingness’.

Richard Smoley, Inner Christianity 50-51

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