If It Ain’t Subversive

From the prophetic imagination of Mark Van Steenwyk, re-posted from social media (July 12, 2021).

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – attributed to Meister Eckhart

“If your only action is a ‘fuck you’ to the oppressive system, it is enough.” – Meister Van Steenwyk

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When I say things like this, folks think I’m being needlessly provocative. I am quite serious. And while I affirm the insights of the former, I find the neoliberal spirituality scene’s inability to affirm the latter deeply upsetting.

Usually, white contemplative folks try to disarm the most challenging liberationist stuff by foolishly calling it “dualistic” as though there is a unique property of white middle class consciousness that is able to see the unity of all things without challenging the political and economic foundations of dominating society.

If it ain’t subversive, it ain’t the Spirit.

3 thoughts on “If It Ain’t Subversive

  1. Meister Van Steenwyk – BRAVO! Finally, I have across someone who understands the role of being a ‘passivefist’ when addressing hegemonic paradigms! And the Meister Eckhart prayer is the only one I can muster some days….

  2. Aviyah

    Great quotes. Rebbe Nachman advocated communing with the Divine (Source) from your heart, in your own vernacular, out alone in Mother Nature, where he said the living spirit of the trees, grasses and foliage will amplify your prayers.

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