What is the shape of God?
Can our thinking change?
Christians believe that God is formlessness (the Father), God is form (the Son), and God is the very living and loving energy between those two (the Holy Spirit). The three do not cancel one another out. Instead, they do exactly the opposite. Recognizing the Trinity as relationship itself opens conversations with the world of science. This surprising insight names everything correctly at the core—from atoms, to ecosystems, to galaxies. The shape of God is the shape of everything in the universe! Everything is in relationship and nothing stands alone. The doctrine of the Trinity defeats the dualistic mind and invites us into nondual, holistic consciousness. It replaces the argumentative principle of two with the dynamic principle of three. It brings us inside the wonderfully open space of “not one, but not two either.” Sit stunned with that for a few moments.
(—from The Mystery of the Trinity, Richard Rohr, CAC, 9jjan2022)
And what did Wallace Stevens mean to convey in his poem?
The Good Man Has No Shape
Through centuries he lived in poverty.
God only was his only elegance.
Then generation by generation he grew
Stronger and freer, a little better off.
He lived each life because, if it was bad,
He said a good life would be possible.
At last the good life came, good sleep, bright fruit,
And Lazarus betrayed him to the rest,
Who killed him, sticking feathers in his flesh
To mock him. They placed with him in his grave
Sour wine to warn him, an empty book to read;
And over it they set a jagged sign,
Epitaphium to his death, which read,
The Good Man Has No Shape, as if they knew.
(—poem by Wallace Stevens)
We wonder about the shape of things to come.
The Heart Sutra says “form is emptiness, emptiness is form.”
It is hard to hold on to what is (seemingly) not there, as it is equally difficult to hold on to what is (seemingly) there.
This is our practice.
Who would have it?
Who could do without it?
It is Sunday morning — an ungraspable incidence of nomenclature and imagination foraging memory and idea in a field of transience and ephemera.
And yet, and yet, and yet … here we are!
Sit stunned with that for a few moments.