[Book preview] “Immortal Diamonds – The search for our true self” by Richard Rohr

“Intimacy could be described as our capacity for closeness and tenderness toward things. It is often revealed in moments of risky self-disclosure. Intimacy lets itself out and lets the other in. It makes all love possible, and yet it also reveals your utter incapacity to love back as the other deserves. Intimacy therefore encompasses a loneliness, but a sweet loneliness. In intimate moments, you have been touched by something you cannot yet endure or carry, but you still love the touch and the invitation to carry. You are always larger after any intimate encounter; in fact, it might well be the only way to enlarge spiritually. It is always grace.”

– Richard Rohr


I have checked out the book preview of “Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self” by Richard Rohr. I like the mystical perspective of the Bible, such as resurrection being seen as the revelation of our True Selves. It reminds me of a similar view of Carlton Pearson – in his book “God Is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu…: God Dwells with Us, in Us, Around Us, as Us“, he wrote: “resurrection is remembering who you are and forgetting who you are not”.

According to Richard Rohr, resurrection is about “a universal man leading us into a universal future – and doing that by making us of all the past and transforming it.” He then defined the false self as the ego or shadow self, which is only an illusion. The false self is defined by labels outside (or outward attachments), usually based on performance, social class, etc. Many adherents of the Christian religion have attempted to deal with this false self by being moralistic and legalistic, which only produces condemnation, since it is based on the law mindset or the principle of “doing in order to become”.

I agree with Richard Rohr’s definition of our true self as our soul, which is the “hidden treasure in the field” and “pearl of great price”. When people know their true self, they will overcome the problem of inferiority, unworthiness and low self-esteem. So yes, the Christ Mystery is that we all begin with divine DNA, and there is nothing for us to do to earn our innate divinity and magnificence.

I am aware that in some grace circles, people are taught to say “It is all of Jesus and none of me” as a way to showing their humility. Actually, I think they are right in the sense that it is all about our true self (Christ in us the hope of glory) and nothing about our false self (illusion of ego/shadow self). The only thing I disagree with the meaning behind that expression is that they see Christ as separate from themselves. Other than that, we are actually proclaiming the truth of the gospel, except that we are using different terminologies, with slightly different meanings.

The mystical perspective of Christ is inclusive and universal, and promotes unity and peace among humankind, whereas the religious (or literal) perspective of Christ is exclusive and cultist (or separatist), and creates division and strife. I would go with the mystical perspective.

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  1. literary lew says:

    Friend, I so appreciate these thoughts. I especially liked your observation about the “Its all of Jesus and none of me” motif in some strains of Christianity. I call it “Jesus-olatry”.

    1. jimmytst says:

      Yes, Jesus has become an idol in some Christian circles when actually there is no separation between Christ and us because “as He is, so are we in this world”, as the verse goes.

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