Living in the mystery of ‘simultaneous opposites that are equally true’
This key teaching, the audio for which was captured for a Community CD in 2009, seems incredibly pertinent to now, so we have pulled it from our Community treasure box… We have also included a written version which, interestingly, was going to be included as one of the chapters for a ‘Rough Guide to the Northumbria Community’ that was never published…
There’s a foundational story for us in Community, written by John Skinner, about ‘Geordie the monk’, which we included in a previous blog post. Geordie is a seeker‐after‐God, who on his journey encounters all the pitfalls and snares that we all know so well. As he seeks the help and wise counsel of his Abbot, he is encouraged time and again to ‘go to your cell, and your cell will teach you everything…’ The advice given to Geordie has become foundational for us in our quest to live in the questions; ‘Who is it that we seek?’ ‘How then shall we live?’ ‘How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?’
Listen to Catherine Askew reading this teaching aloud below:
This is a special treasure from our Community treasure box and is recounted here by Trevor Miller, a *Geordie himself… It would be lovely to hear your thoughts about this entertaining, yet thought-provoking tale about the pursuit of monastic living and the abbot’s insistence that he should ‘Go to your cell; your cell will teach you everything’
(*A ‘Geordie’ is ‘a native or inhabitant of Tyneside or a neighbouring region of north-east England’).