Our thinking is only as large as our vocabulary. There were no English words for “non-violence” or “non-dual” until after World War II. Before then these concepts didn’t exist in English. The East has had words for “non-violence” and “non-dual” for hundreds of years. But only recently did these words appear in English.
The word Miaphysite is virtually unknown in the West. Yet, it holds the key to unlock doors in our minds, which can return depth and breadth to our theology. Interestingly, non-violence, non-dual, and Miaphysite are all connected. All these terms introduce a new mind. It’s not an either/or mind. It’s not a win/lose mind. It’s a holistic mind with untold depths, ultimately apprehended in what The Early Mystics call “blessed stillness.”
When the mind is still and focused beyond any sensory distractions it plumbs the mystery of our pre-fallen state in Christ—of our Original Nature. And for Christians that mystery has a word: Miaphysite.
Miaphysite, also known as The Jesus Paradox, changes the way we see. It takes us beyond the limitations of conventional religion into a larger world of imagination and possibilities. It takes us beyond dualistic thinking and the subtle and gross forms of violence that follow. It takes us into the light of Christ, which excludes no one, and whose parables turned either/or dualisms on their head.
 There are references to “blessed stillness” throughout The Philokalia. See Palmer, et al, The Philokalia Vol. 2, 317.
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