Excerpt from Meister Eckhart (Sermon 5b)
This is what the text means: "God has sent his Only-Begotten Son into the world." You must not by this understand the external world in which the Son ate and drank with us, but understand it to apply to the inner world. . . So truly does God give the Son birth in the most inward part of the spirit, and that is the inner world. Here God's ground is my ground, and my ground is God's ground. . . Whoever has looked for an instant into this ground, to such a man a thousand marks of minted gold are no more than a counterfeit penny. It is out of this inner ground that you should perform all your works without asking "Why?" So long as you perform your works for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, or for God's sake, or for the sake of eternal blessedness, and you work from without, you are going completely astray. . . Whoever is seeking God by ways is finding ways and losing God, who in ways is hidden. But whoever seeks God without ways will find him as he is in himself, and that man will live with the Son, and he is life itself. If anyone went on for a thousand years asking life, "Why live?" life, if it could answer, would only say "I live so that I may live." That is because life lives out of its own ground and springs from its own source, and so it lives without asking why it is living. . .
Where the creature stops, there God begins to be. . . As the image goes out, God goes in. O my dear man, what harm does it do you to allow God to be God in you? Go completely out of yourself for God's love, and God comes completely out of himself for love of you. And when these two have gone out, what remains is a simplified One. In this One the Father brings his Son to birth in the innermost source. Then the Holy Spirit blossoms forth, and then there springs up in God a will that belongs to the soul. So long as the will remains untouched by all created things and by all creation, it is free. . .
People often say to me: "Pray for me." Then I think, Why are you coming out? Why do you not stay in yourself and hold on to your own essential good? After all, you are carrying all truth in you.