For many years now I’ve been in the habit of silently repeating to myself, from time to time, my own secret mantra “To be saved is to be Him”, while breathing out very deeply indeed.

My whole body down to my toenails seems to be expiring, breathing me out and You in.

The strong sensation of leaning back and collapsing into Your Immensity, of merging with You utterly, brings with it the profoundest physical relaxation I know.

As I say, it’s as if, breathing out thus deeply, I breathe You in; and, breathing in again, You breathe me in.

It’s very much as if, having just saved me from drowning in the Sea of Death, You were giving me the Kiss of Life.

~ From To Be And Not To Be (page 190) by Douglas Harding.

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