In his teachings and writings the German mystic, Meister Eckhart (1260-1327), encouraged people to put aside their prejudices and their pre-occupations, their sense of any power or control, anxiety and fear, to find an inner calm and an openness to the workings of 'the Spirit' through 'die Leere' : an emptiness. His simple and sincere philosophy brought him into direct confrontation with the religious authorities of the time, and he defended himself against the charge of 'heresy'.
Eckhart linked this understanding of 'emptiness' or 'openness' with the idea of a present and an energising force for creativity and purpose. In recent years there has been a re-surgence of interest in the ideas of Meister Eckhart, both within and outside of religious circles. It is this emphasis on a positive sense of inward and outward space, forging new beginnings, that we feel remains highly relevant.
The following poem tries to capture the general concept behind leere and the potential we hold to gllmpse and to grasp 'new beginnings', with a readinesss to empty ourselves of preoccupations and pressures. It is taken from the book 'Smiling Stories Of Triumph'' (2012)
leere : AN INTRODUCTION
Pass through one mind field of activity
Beyond those that surface
Out of history, pleasure and pain
The spoken and emotive domain
The professional, our personal realm ..
To that single point which gives out rest
Like the awaiting forest of our writers great
To where hardly a breath stirs before us
Except the source of ourselves
Beside a heaven
And in 'the let go' we then allow in
The real praise of Unity
And we tiptoe to new encounter
With a precision that tenderly helps
To carry us into the world stronger again