Howard Thurman: There is magic all around us–in the rocks, the trees, and the minds of men….and he who strikes the rock aright may find them where he will….There can be no thing that does not have within it the signature of God, the Creator of life, the living substance out of which all particular manifestations arise.
Thurman wrestled continuously with images of God, with how we can best name our mystical experience. When he declares that God is the creator of life itself and that existence and life are the creation of God, I hear echoes of Eckhart teaching, “isness is God.”
Thurman calls us from the personal to the cosmic when he declares that our “encounter with God….must be with One who is seen as holding within His context all that there is, including existence itself.” This is panentheism. Eckhart says that only “ignorant people” understand God as being outside of us or outside of the rest of creation.