Meister Eckhart - Selected writings - True obedience should have no ‘I want this’
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Meister Eckhart selected writings – edited and translated by Oliver Davies
In true obedience there should be no ‘I want this or that to happen’ or ‘I want this or that thing’ but only a pure going out of what is our own. And therefore in the very best kind of prayer that we can pray there should be no ‘give me this particular virtue or way of devotion’ or ‘yes, Lord give me yourself or eternal life’ but rather ‘Lord, give me only what you will and do, Lord, only what you will and in the way that you will’.
This kind of prayer is as far above the former as heaven is above earth.
And just as true obedience should have no ‘I want this’, neither should it ever hear ‘I don’t want’; for ‘I don’t want’ is pure poison for all true obedience.
The source of the experienceMeister Eckhart
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsContemplation and detachment
Squash the big I am