On Sunday, Rev. Lola Wright concluded our “Look Up” series with her message, “The Invitation To Grow Spiritually,” featuring guest artists.
“The Invitation To Grow Spiritually”
Nuns & Nones – to denounce injustice and to announce a new way of being in the world.
Convents, sex, walking meditation and trees
– Uncover your false gods
– Pull back the veil of lack and limitation
– Deepen in God-consciousness through practice (rest/contemplation)
Are you familiar with shifting landscapes? Might you consider that the challenges before you are in fact an invitation to grow spiritually. Perhaps it is the invitation to LOOK UP!
SLIDE: The invitation to grow spiritually is an invitation to embrace shifting landscapes. – Finding Our Balance by Nancy Sylvester (see last week’s Wednesday Wisdom)
The way we cultivate our faith is by resting in the unseen – sensing into the Presence and turning entirely away from the conditions (Ernest Holmes) for the conditions are not the TRUTH of who you are – this is the spiritual walk
SLIDE: For we walk by faith and not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7 – that does not mean you are absolved of personal responsibility – it says WALK
Do we allow for quiet time to rest and renew? How might you create space for the Divine to move in and through you? How available are you?
SLIDE: Action without contemplation can lead to self destruction. It seems we are in need of God-consciousness once again…opening up to the Divine within is an art that needs cultivation. –
Taking A Long Loving Look At The Real by Nancy Sylvester
You don’t need STUFF to grow spiritually – everything you need you already have!
The least to be learned in the tradition of mysticism is that becoming empty in a world of surplus, learning to switch off, and limiting oneself are small steps in the liberation from consumerism, and that perhaps freedom cannot be imagined without letting go. – Dorothee Sölle, The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance
Self care is not an escape plan. Do you prioritize your well being so that you may be a catalyzing presence on the planet for Good?
SLIDE: Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. – Audre Lorde