Alone with the Alone in the Name (J. M. Tresflin)
Posted Jan 3, 2006

Alone with the Alone in the Name

J. M. Tresflin

Foreword by Patrick Laude, Georgetown University

Relating the mysterious conversation of God with another who is however none other than Himself, this collection of poetry shows that helps the reader to put aside the prerogatives of the ego in order that God alone shine through.

This Canticle of the Divine Name is in the pure lineage of mystical poetry. Each text provides a station in which oneŒs spirit may rest.
-Jean Bies, philosopher and author

According to Ibn Arabi, known as the greatest master among the Sufis, the station of Perfect Man, can only be realized by those who focus themselves on the fullness of reality, which is nothing but the reality of God Himself. That reality is revealed to us only through Godђs names, and focusing upon it can only take place through remembrance.
-William Chittick, State University of New York

The Divine Name must penetrate not only into our psyche, but even into our body. The name is already inseparable from the Divine Spirit. To be in the Name is to be in the Spirit. If we can place ourselves in the Divine Name, we are already in the world of the spirit and in fact the Spirit. The center of the heart is where the Divine Name resides, but it also penetrates into the soul as nothing else can and only It is able to transform the soul and bring about its wedding to the Spirit.
-Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University

The power of a sacred name can imbue the utterer with the sanctity of the Named, so the invocation of GodҒs name or one of His attributes has long served as an established methodology for spiritual realization. A name of God, divinely revealed, legitimately bestowed by a proper spiritual authority and frequently invoked functions in a direct way to reanimate the Holy Spirit or latent Divine within. When the finite and temporal human heart is rhythmically impressed with a divine name, which by its very nature participates in the infinite and the eternal, the heart cannot resist and invariably recalls its theomorphic essence.
-From Beads of Faith, Fons Vitae

Above the clouds of our daily lives there shines the ever-constant Sun of the Immutable Spirit. It is a rare joy to be reminded of the truth by the aphorisms contained in this beautiful book. Each of them is a ray of light that both illuminates and warms, and reveals the Path of Return.
-Barry McDonald, Managing Director, World Wisdom Books

Jean-Marie Tresflin, who was raised in the Catholic faith, is well-versed in the contemplative traditions of both East and West. He has taught classical and modern languages for 27 years.