Your Intimate Friend
by William Johnston
IF YOU PRACTICE SILENT non-objective prayer, do not think you must entertain a picture of Jesus. Indeed you need not objectify him at all; for he is there dwelling secretly in the depth of your consciousness; and all imageless though he is, he is your intimate friend and your tender lover.
Practice of this non-objective contemplation will enable you to put on the Christ consciousness in accordance with those Pauline words: "Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus." As you do this you will discover that you go out to all the world with a truly ecstatic love.
Yes, your consciousness will expand in love for all human beings who have ever been or ever will be, for friend and foe alike, for the trees and the plants, the ocean and the atmosphere, for the whole garden of the universe which we, poor humans, have treated with such abominable ruthlessness.
For Jesus within is now loving all creation and the source of all creation, his eternal Father. Abba Father!
Taken from Letters to Contemplatives by William Johnston (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991).