Meister Eckhart - Selected writings - Abandon Memory, reason and will
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Meister Eckhart selected writings – edited and translated by Oliver Davies
This … is what you must do, truly, if you wish to find the noble birth, leaving the crowd and returning to the source and ground from which you came. All the faculties and works of the soul constitute the ‘crowd’;
Memory, reason and will.
Which all serve to divide and diversify you. Therefore you must leave them all; all the activity of the senses and imagination and everything in which you are present to yourself or to your intentions. Only then can you find this birth and not otherwise, believe me. It was never discovered amongst ‘friends’, ‘relatives’ or ‘acquaintances’ – rather that is where it is lost……….
... according to St Chryostom ‘to be an other than I am I must abandon that I am’…….
Therefore our Lord said ‘blessed are the poor in spirit’ (Mathew 5:3)