God Is Restless



St. Augustine wrote, ‘O God, our hearts are ever restless till they find their rest in You.’ But God is restless too. God yearns for our hearts. From divine yearning, creation arises. Oneness yearns for relationship just as relationship yearns for Oneness. So if we desire true rest, let us rest in the God who yearns to rest in us.

Such tipsy quivering syncopated jazz in the heart of God causes the universe to vibrate. Without this constant pulse of yearning and union, there would be no creation. Waves rise, then settle back into the ocean: action, stillness, action, stillness. Through this pulsation, divine awareness awakens from the void to seek itself. In self-awareness, subject-object relationship is born. From the relationship of self with self within the void of pure consciousness, virtual particles are born as fluctuations in the vacuum of space. Then the vacuum overflows, and the Word of light bursts forth.

The opening verses of Genesis describe this restless physics of creativity.

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and void, and there was darkness over the face of the abyss. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Then God said, Let there be light, and there was light.

Notice that there is motion in the stillness of the Uncreated, vibration in silence before the Word. Tohu-wa-Bohu, the “formless void,” stirs with inner life even before God speaks. Like a mother seabird brooding on her egg, Spirit hovers and breathes over the ocean of pure consciousness, making uncreated ripples in the vacuum, until a virtual photon of light explodes from darkness and the play of the universe begins.

Creativity happens when we rest in the restless ocean of the Uncreated.

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