Kenosis - The Path of Self Emptying
Kenosis is the spiritual process of self-emptying. It is inspired by the life of Jesus of whom St. Paul says, “who, though he was in the form of God did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, …”(Phil 2:6-7) and the Self-Inquiry Method of Sri Ramana Maharishi. Kenosis is a process that enables us to discover our true Self which alone is the cause of lasting peace and joy. The question that Jesus posed his disciples, 'Who do people say I am?' is at the same time a question that is directed to every individual, “Who Am I?” It is in answering this most fundamental question “Who Am I” that we will find a path to genuine happiness and peace. Religions insist on dropping the self to experience God. True self is found in the apparent contradiction of losing and finding. Something has to be lost in order to find something. As Rumi put it, "I searched for the self, I found God and I searched for God, I found the self. In finding our true Self we find God and in God we find our true Self".
Through Kenosis we enter into the cave of the heart to an experience of God; a trans-formative experience that leads us to the works on behalf of justice and peace. We strongly believe that one doesn’t have to wait to die to know, to love, and to live in God. An intimate experience leading to union with God is possible ‘here and now.’ It is this experience that will yield uncaused peace and joy.