Waking up

I’m in the process of waking up. It’s a journey and not a destination. I’ll never be fully awake but I hope that I continue to awaken to the reality of the world that has been created for all of us. This isn’t the Madison Avenue marketing world or the world as described on the evening news. This is the world that St. Francis of Assisi awakened to. This world that I’m waking up to is found in the space between thoughts. It’s found in the darkness between stars.

Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know, all mystics -Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion — are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare. — Anthony de Mello, S.J.

Read more by Anthony de Mello here.

About Don Watkins

I'm a FOSS advocate, writer, educator, Python coder, Linux user, US Navy Veteran, Secular Franciscan, husband,father and grandfather. I blog about my life and experiences that give it meaning.
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3 Responses to Waking up

  1. Lea says:

    I love Anthony de Mello! I don’t know if I have the guts to wake up, but something tells me that what de Mello says is right.

  2. Dan says:

    Tony de Mello saved my life with his book Awareness. I am about to wake up too. Life is delightful!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    -I don’t know if I have the guts to wake up, but something tells me that what de Mello says is right.

    That is as good of prayer as anyone can possibly say! Most say “I don’t have the guts, so it must not be true”

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