My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are.
From The Walk, Rainer Maria Rilke
'It is about turning around in order to be restored to what is deepest in us.'
I am convinced that the metaphors and symbols offered within scripture act as portals through which another world ^is glimpsed. Not only that but they are also a means of mediation, they help to reconnect us to our origins and purpose; the true self, made in the image of God and filled out in experience. So I am playing with the notion of an echo of our selves responding to our current self and so the image of God sketched into our body and soul is boldened and coloured by the Holy Spirit.
Catching the echo
This is underlined for me in The Walk by the German poet Rilke. We are changed into something else, which, hardly, sensing it, we already are. For me this completes a circle, the indwelling God calling from deep within to the surface self that ducks and dives, protects and defends through day and night, the self that is projected out into the world with its apparent competencies and usefulness. The end is union and communion, redemption and the harmony of all things.
^ the KIngdom of God?