“If you keep listening to the love, if you keep receiving the love, trusting the love—even with all your limitations, with all your unworthiness, with all your limited intellect or whatever you feel holds you back—you start to experience within yourself a sense of possibility. Whatever life is inviting you into, you have this sense that it is okay and, even better, and that you can do it! That is the joy of the saints. Now you don’t have to do it by the world’s criteria of success or performance. As Mother Teresa loved to say, “The only real success is faithfulness.” To be faithful to this inner love is in itself the greatest success. It is of itself the major possibility. No outer successes are necessary to be happy.
This is what makes the mystics sort of dangerous. It’s not just possibility they experience—but permission. It’s permission to color outside the lines. It’s permission to be who you really are. It’s not just gay people who have to come out of their closets. We’re all in our closets. They’ve just given us a good metaphor for what we all have to do. We’re all afraid to come out of our various closets. It’s not the need to be outrageous or rebellious. It’s so much better than that. It is permission to be the “image and likeness of God” that you already are. We each are unlike any other image or likeness. God is saying to each of us, “All I want is for you to return to the Sender who you really are!” Ironically, it takes most of our life to find it and to accept it”.
– Richard Rohr
Yes, I was just reflecting earlier that being peace stems from being unconditionally loved at all times. Like what Richard Rohr said, as we keep receiving the love and trusting the love, we are giving ourselves permission to be who we really are, each being made in our own way the image and likeness of God. In our daily life living in a material world and interacting with various people, situations and circumstances sometimes may cause us to feel disconnected with our true self, which can cause us to be conscious of our own (perceived) limitations or differences, as people tend to treat us based on who we are in the natural instead of the spiritual.
Richard Rohr made an excellent point by saying the gays coming out of their closets to embrace their true identity is a powerful metaphor for all of us, since we all have our own closets to come out from, and not judge ourselves based on who we are in the natural but based on who we are in the spiritual. I think this is the unseen realm that makes us mystics dangerous in the world system because we are able to tap on this secret spring of joy and peace from deep within our spirit as we drink deeply the unconditional love of God, who is our highest self.