The Emmaus Road QnA: Learning to Exist

A QnA session facilitated by Sarah Walker based on her paper Learning to Exist. The paper and related audio can be found by clicking on the following link…

Learning to Exist

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Ian Keal
Ian Keal
17 days ago

Thank you so much for this presentation. I found so much of it to be useful with regard to where I am. The etymology of the word “exist” is fascinating. It means to emerge, stand forth, with connotations of interacting. So the big takeaway for me was to continually interact with the Word so that the Lord can use Truths to pull me out of, or “emerge” or “stand forth” from proprial desires, in order that I may desire to receive a new proprium from Him, which is where the true existance really resides.

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Ian Keal
17 days ago

yes … and in drawing us out to emerge and stand forth from the hellish proprium … we come to see that it is the Word that is emerging, the Lord that is coming… like the butterfly out of its cocoon.

Gray Glenn
Gray Glenn
17 days ago

A couple of times I went to unmute and join the discussion, but alas, it is a day later! One idea that popped to mind was in relation to how forgetting creates conditions for remembering–in a way sleep is kind of a built in regular forgetting. Lately it’s been hard to sleep because my mind is so enmeshed in external circumstances. It is useful to look at this mental state as being somewhat causing and somewhat caused by, a lack of ‘lawful’ forgetting ( I liked the use of that word ‘lawful’ in relation to suffering–another way to think about… Read more »

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Gray Glenn
17 days ago

thanks Gray. It’s a delight to hear your thoughts here added to the mix of what was offered. Brings to mind the idea of the group being a fractal, just as a living human is, just as heaven is.

Kirsten Schoenberger
Kirsten Schoenberger
18 days ago

Thank you all so much for this wonderful Q&A session. I wasn’t able to be there last evening but I am fortunate enough to be listening to the discussion online while sitting among the potted plants on my deck watching the birds come and go from the feeder. I so appreciate everyone’s insights and reflections on the material that Sarah prepared. I have a few lovely little cards that Gray Glenn made years ago. Bits of scripture written on watercolored paper the size of a business card. Every now and again I come across one or two in my desk.… Read more »

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Kirsten Schoenberger
17 days ago

Thank you Kirsten. It’s solovely to hear that time and space fell away for you when you listened in. Especially love the image of the birds conferring to affirm it 🙂