Vertical interiority

“Know yourself” says wisdom. And the mystical experiment could be only an in-depth repercussion of such a sentence. Undoubtedly there is some kind of truth, because without “you” the mystery of God does not know where to communicate itself. This mystery starts, for you, with “your” mystery.

Here the great Christian difference should be immediately marked. The divine mystery is identified with your mystery, certainly. However your mystery is already more than yours. Your mystery is embarked where you are not any more sole master on board of yourself. Because here you exist only in the crossing of your deeper difference, in the gaping of your `same' towards the ‘Other’.

The essence of your life is exploited and decided on another plan which is not any more that of your daily mundane obviousness. An `elsewhere' which is however closer and more present that all the mundane proximities, since it coincides with your interior. The interior is not the closed small world of your intimacies. The interior is an bottomless abyss. The interior is an infinite universe. This interior gives direction, order and value to the outside.

Man is an animal hurt in his animal reality, an animal open on another dimension, an animal crossed by the vertical dimension. Without such a gaping chasm, spiritual life can not exist. The verticality means the crucifixion of our `natural' horizontality. By it, according to the deep thought of Pascal, “man passes man infinitely”.

The vertical crossing extends between ultimate heights and ultimate depths. The accent can be put on one or the other. Johan Tauler speaks more often about the abyss than about the top. At moments, he speaks about both at the same time, as if the inconsistency of the image underlined their inaccessibility. Gaping altitude or culminating depth, the extreme ‘acuminal’ and the extreme ‘abyssal’ meet and coincide. In turn or at the same time they mean the great difference from the horizontality of the middle, the ultimate divine mystery in man.

In Christian regime, this verticality is not only orientation or projection. It is ontological dimension of the being. It structures a hierarchical constitution of the human being with dimension capable of God.

It is to be feared that our contemporary mundane obviousness cannot follow any more. It counts on the radical finitude, the strict immanence and the total enclosure of the human condition. When ‘I’ is nothing more than a virtual appearance of an obscure `Id' growing fool in a dead end. Radically different is the Christian vision where man is infinitely open in vertical gaping. Infinitely open. Open on a bottomless bottom.

This bottomless bottom, according to the extraordinary vision of Johan Tauler, belongs to God alone. Here God Trinity wants to live and act. Here the Father, in the unit of the Spirit, does not cease generating his Son. Here, with his Son and in his Son, he generates us daughters and sons. Here we become “light in the light”.



01 Human Paradox
A paradoxal animal
Human paradox
In rupture
An animal in crisis
An animal 'less' (something)
Premature and naked
Child of the difference
Child of elsewhere
02 Verticality
Middle and extremes
Tropism to upwards
Divine instinct
The vertical living
Vertical interiority
The personal mystery
In strict immanence
03 Gaping Depths
Gaping deepness
Child of gaping
Gaping on an other order
Gaping of meaning
Gaping on the questioning
Gaping of matter
Gaping of existence
In vertical gaping
Negative anthropology
04 Sacral Difference
Sacral dimension
The sacral difference
Sacral crisis
The archaeological sacred
Sacral verticality
Hiero-tropic space-time
05 Human Environment
Human space
Closed and open
Curvature of space
Negative space
Space of the sense
Including and included
Between Alpha and Omega
06 The Matrix of Humanity
Child of a culture
Human matrix
Culture and cultures
Master speech
Refusing the enclosures
07 The Spirit
The spiritual reality
How define it?
Going through
The spirit says no
08 Spiritual Breath
Spiritual energy
Making sense
To signify
Sense is through gaping
Speech and language
09 The Sense of Sense
The Sense
The space of the sense
The house of the sense
Including and included sense
Master and possessor of sense
10 The Reason
Constituted and constituent
Scientific dialectics
Structure and sense
11 The Meaning
Demiurge of the significances
To run here and there
Trough articulation
Articulable matter
12 Systems Analysis
The system
Systemic operation
13 Oïkology
Impossible closing
Systemic totality
The house of the spirit
We sinned
14 Exodus
Spiritual adventure
Out of safety measures
Out of the cave
Logos in exodus
15 Through Difference
Starting from difference
Crossing the duality
A logic of crossing
16 Dialectics
Going through 'no'
Fundamental dynamics
The fourth dimension
Passover dialectics
17 Alliance
Broken Alliance
Rupture of the bond
The prodigal son
State of grace
18 History
Emergence of History
Impossible totalizing
Trans-historic verticality
The sense in exodus
Between Alpha and Omega
19 Fertile Confrontation
Singular adventure
Dialectical gestation
Two revolutions
A long gestation
20 Progress
What is progress?
Source of The progress
Exponential acceleration
The tool of progrès
Why it isn't working
Wedged exponential growth
Progressive illusion
21 Schizoid
Tautological speech
Master and possessor
Flirt with nothingness
God driven out
Without the Father
Without recourse
22 The Other One
The other one
To tell the other one
23 Adventurers
Components and exponents
Adventurers of eschatology
24 Through Scandal
Gaping mystery of evil
Trough distance
Congenital evil
Entropy in the human hearth
25 Agape
Gaping of Eros
Captive desire
Eros and Agape
Going down
Defeated entropy
26 God in You
Tropism for Agape
Bottomless bottom
Cleaning the sources
Let you fall
You fall into God