Fragment Three


I found an extraordinary account of a phenomenon that is present in the literature surrounding The Book of Sorren.   I first discovered this in the leaves of Sorren, and it was my natural supposition that this was in fact a pagan concept, but in all certainty nothing could be further from the truth, for this concept is manifest in much of the early Christian mystical writing before it was abandoned by the Church Fathers.  This fragment was written inside the margins of a centuries old manuscript of a long neglected book of Meister Eckhart, a thirteenth Century German mystic, prominent during the bitter tensions of opposing Monastic Orders of the Church.  He was subsequently accused of heresy and brought before the Inquisition, but he died before a verdict could be rendered against him.  The writing was in a different hand, but it is my estimation that the writing was from a kindred spirit, a mystic, perhaps a follower of Eckhart who was afraid to expose his philosophical thinking to the scrutiny of the Church for fear of retribution.  The writing was in a very crabbed style and extended across the bottom in a stream of consciousness.  I have edited this slightly where the writing was far too obscure for me to comprehend, but I think that the sentiment has been accurately discovered and translated.


The heartbeat of the Lord is the rhythm of the world, and so it is that the world turns and twists and moves to the rhythm of the Lord, for the world is without substance but for the Lord.  But even as the flesh and bone and blood of all God's creatures surround the heart, the myriad fields and streams and mountains of the Earth surround the beating heart of the Lord.  But to look at the heart of the Lord is to peer into madness, for so it is that our heart is not strong enough to bear the sight of such glory.  The rhythm of the Lord is righteous, but the rhythm is well hidden, and only by the grace of God is the rhythm of the Lord revealed.  And though the rhythm of the world may be perceived as a sound, it is not a sound, but is indeed the manifestation of the word of God.  The rhythm cannot be understood, cannot be imitated, and cannot be conceived upon the mind of men, and therefore the rhythm is a mystery, and the rhythm is terrifying.  Beware the man that has become aware of the rhythm of the world, for this man has seen into the word of God.