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Holy Week.


This Holy Week has begun and I am heading into the Silence with many of you in different ways as we walk right alongside Jesus and Mary Magdalene, our Living Teachers. As you may well know, in the Wisdom tradition and lineage as taught by Cynthia Bourgeault, there is great emphasis on both the responsibility and the honor of participating in bringing forth good fruit in the world such as courage, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, steadfastness, forgiveness, etc. rather than adding to the toxins such as unbridled greed, terror, rage, etc. . . and participating in the divine exchange in which we stay in the flow, do not hoard that which has been given to us, both receiving and giving to each other and back to God. With the responsibility and honor of bearing fruit and participating in a profound flowing exchange in our conscious awareness, Jesus' first two actions on this Holy Monday take on a much deeper meaning. First of all, he called out a fig tree because it had failed to bear fruit. Second, later that day at the Temple he called out the money changers, those in the business of exchange, who were working in a corrupt, dishonest, untrustworthy manor. These situations show us the importance of our willingness to cultivate and bear fruit as well as to stay in the exchange in a clean, honest and trustworthy manor. Let us continue to look to our Living Teachers to show us what this looks like in our own lives. I know there are many beautiful offerings available this Holy Week but in case you have not seen it, Cynthia Bourgeault will be sharing a daily offering about the Passion Libretto through Wisdom Waypoints. If you are interested in this, make sure to be on the mailing list if you are not already, you can sign up at the bottom of the home page https://wisdomwaypoints.org/). Whatever you do to engage this Holy Week, know that we do this together in the wider web with those who have gone before us and those who are to come. We are assisted as we assist. Blessings to you during this sacred season, Heather

 

From a few of the Pauses : March 26th with Henry Quietness Inside this new love, die. Your way begins on the other side. Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape. Walk out like someone suddenly born into color. Do it now. You’re covered with thick cloud. Slide out the side. Die, and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. The speechless full moon comes out now. Rumi March 27 with Catherine How surely gravity’s law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of even the smallest thing and pulls it toward the heart of the world. Each thing – each stone, blossom, child – Is held in place. Only we, in our arrogance, push out beyond what we each belong to for some empty freedom. If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Instead we entangle ourselves in knots of our own making and struggle, lonely and confused. So, like children, we begin again to learn from the things, because they are in God’s heart; they have never left him. This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly. Rilke, Book of Hours, trans: Anita Barrows & Joanna Macy March 28 with Henry Serene light shining in the ground of my being, draw me to yourself. Draw me past the snares of the senses, out of the mazes of the mind, free me from symbols, from words that I may discover the signified: The word unspoken in the darkness that veils the ground of my being. Byzantine Hymn March 29 with Henry Please We are at The Nile's end. We are carrying particles From every continent, creature, and age. It has been raining on the plains Of our vision for millions of years And our senses Are so muddy compared to Yours dear God, But I only hear these words from You Where we are all trying to embrace The Clear Sky-Ocean, "Dear one, come. Please, My dear ones, Come.” – Hafiz March 31 with Ali "Feel your union with God whose first name is I AM and whose second name is MAY YOU BE. Situate yourself in this place where Absolute Transcendent Being and creative generosity are a single Reality. This is true of you; this is the secret of your own being. Feel centered here. Being centered in this way, then open yourself to the divine creativity, to the will that many should be. Be various. Be expanding. Be growing, fruitful, transforming, unifying. Take the position of one who is enthusiastically helping to create this world. Live in this prayer attitude of appreciation, centeredness, and creative outpouring. Feel the richness of our God-with-us Life." – Beatrice Bruteau, The Easter Mysteries

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