Thursday, February 05, 2015
Friday, December 05, 2014
How do we not just engage in activism because we are angry, but in a stark turn away from violence wake our Hearts up and find a way to really live in our daily lives in such a way that does not cause other human beings to suffer or find themselves so exasperated, stymied or defeated that they just give up?
I don't know...I don't!
But what I do know in my innermost bits... I have experienced over and over that the Creator's compassion is super potent... that mercy has altered my life so extraordinarily, and so from that place I believe that there will be a place of emergence.
Thank you for listening... really.
#ferguson #walmartstrikers #EricGarner #MikeBrown
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Like we could DANCE in the aisles, whoop it up when you got excited about the new thing that God was doing. I could express outloud deep appreciation when I noticed that God had moved on my behalf. We were always about finding new, creative, old established and wonderful ways to fall in love with God! And if it made you more open to God, then do it more!
So why then, when presented with a new way (new to me, 1600 years old otherwise) to worship God, would I balk? What part of nose on the ground, hands up in prayer did not somehow register as a beautiful way to offer prayers? Am I just being afraid of something I don't know? Is beauty in worship somehow not related to God?
So I am on a journey here... feel free to join me, I love company, especially people who love God and want to actually connect in and not just be afraid all the time:
Let's start with the Arabic, Farsi and Turkish word for God: Allah. This isn't a proper name... it means God. People who have these languages as their mother tongue who are Christian use the name Allah to talk about the unknowable source of all being. It's not a proper name like Bill, George or Jesus. It's really a title.
Is there anything about the words in the Salat that were suspect? I have the English translations here.
Okay on this part. Seems reasonable. Heck, even seems like my kind of excitement about the creator. I'll move on and see if there is more:
Sounds like Psalms to me. Oh, and the prophets. Exactly. Kind of strange that it would be exactly the same. Must be somewhere else.
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
|But it's dark in there!!|
Sunday, September 27, 2009
by Johann W. Von Goethe
Tell a wise person, or else keep silent,
because the mass man will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive,
what longs to be burned to death.
In the calm water of the love-nights,
where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
a strange feeling comes over you,
when you see the silent candle burning.
Now you are no longer caught in the obsession with darkness,
and a desire for higher love-making sweeps you upward.
Distance does not make you falter.
Now, arriving in magic, flying,
and finally, insane for the light,
you are the butterfly and you are gone.
And so long as you haven't experienced this:
To die and so to grow, you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I traveled to the Santa Cruz mountains to participate in the Phoenix Fire Gathering. The days were amazing, the nights were extraordinary! During the day we talked to amazing souls doing intense personal work, children who are some of the most intelligent and well adjusted I have ever met and creativity that would make a 4 year old jealous!
Each day has been filled with song, music, dance, drumming (oh goddess the drumming) and heartfelt conversations. Each day, I have felt my spirit soar as I meet people who are of the faithful in their tribe, coming together in the banner of unity. It has touched my spirit to see the level of love that the Hebrew tribe, the Jesus tribe, the Pagan tribe and the Star tribe (and so many others!) have for each other. To see that the faith matters in the fact that it is a point of integrity and that we all know that we are trying to open up more to divinity. The world is becoming an amazing playground for holiness, folks!
The nights were incredible, dancing the fire, releasing old wounds, allowing my soul to be vulnerable in community. I was reminded of my community at home, my Thalian community and my heart grew larger... so large I was realizing that I was going to have to do more work to make it bigger to contain it all!
My holy sparks moved into heaven and the Holy sent an angel to touch my lips! Let me love more, Blessed One, Let me love more!
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I am finding that I have to develop systems to keep my life from moving into stress. I have to take breaks, stop and head outside, make sure I eat lunches and take time to look out the window to watch the weather pass instead of only looking at my computer all day. After being a spiritual director for so long, I forgot what it was like to work in an office all day.
I admit, I like it. It is much more structured, I get to organize chaos and I can see what I accomplished at the end of the day. I am also having to figure out my own complexities around my home. How much should I be away? Is it okay to leave it there with Anthony or as the woman of the house should that be my domain? How do I balance eating at home after working all day? These things are obviously things that I had figured out at one point, but for almost 8 years I have had the option to do it different.