- is a spiritual location, not a physical place, where God interacts with us
- is where we encounter the Divine Indwelling
- is hidden in the intuitive level of our being
- is close to our innermost center, the True Self
- MG: 74-76
- TS: 9-10
Our inner room is the place of encounter with the Divine Indwelling, with the God who dwells within us. It is the spiritual space where God interacts with us at levels that we do not fully understand but may sometimes intuit or actually experience.
To enter the inner room, we have to let go of the noise of the senses, imagination, and memory and disregard our usual interior dialogue with its commentaries about events and people and even our relationship or experience of God. We move from exterior silence to interior silence, to stillness, to forgetfulness of self.
The inner room is a symbol of the spiritual and intuitive level of our being which is inclined to silence. It is closer to the innermost center of our being which is the True Self, and to the Trinity, the source of our being at every level: body, soul, and spirit.
In Matthew 6:6, Jesus suggests that we go into our inner room, close the door and pray to our Father in secret. This passage is pointing to a spiritual location, not a physical one. It encourages us to let go of the ordinary psychological awareness of everyday life with its tumult, noise, worries, and the commentaries and emotional reactions that go on in our heads about people and events. Letting go of the stimulation of thinking about anything enables us to enter this spiritual level of our being.
The inner room is the place of meeting with the Divine Indwelling. It is the spiritual space where God interacts with us at levels that we do not fully understand but may experience. Through contemplative prayer, this relationship deepens and develops into the capacity to perceive God in everything, especially in other people, even those people we may dislike and consider our enemies.
The inner room is the place of encountering the Divine Indwelling.
What is the inner room like? What is the nature of your encounter with the Divine Indwelling? In what ways might God be interacting with you?
Be aware of your inner room. Dwell in your inner room, even in the actions of everyday life. Let go of false self and ego motivation.