We are ordinary contemplatives, mystics and saints. Our ongoing task is to allow our lives to be our monasteries, mountaintops and cathedrals, the main aim of which is to re-member ones SELF. The SELF that is none other than the substance of the Holy One, the Great I AM. Each day we can touch into the deepest part of our SELF, and from there make space for clear thinking, feeling, and sensing that is in service to this deeper SELF. . . the SELF anchored in the Kingdom of Heaven (Imaginal Realm) and can more freely operate under it's influence. Then the personality and all the ways we operate from our human selves, can be in relationship with and in alignment with this other SELFhood, the fractal of the I AM that we reflect. We can begin to see more clearly what each moment that presents itself to us in life may require. From the Whole of of our Being, we can meet the whole of the situation.
The collective contemplative pauses are meant to be a space in the day to re-member, connect into, and root down deeper into this SELFhood that is beyond our ordinary ways of being in order that we may continue to be in this world but not completely of it. They are meant to be nourishment not only for our own SELF but to bolster one another's SELF and to emit some nourishment to the whole. Whether you are able to be in these pauses at the scheduled times or not, I hope they are some kind of nourishment for you. That you sense you are held there.
Thank you all for your faithfulness in living your ordinary lives as contemplatives, mystics, and saints in whatever way, shape, or form that takes for you. Your presence matters in ways you may never fully know.
Here the Readings from this week's pauses:
"Ultimately we can offer God no greater evidence of our faithfulness than by frequently detaching and turning from all things created so we can enjoy their Creator for a single moment. I don’t mean to give the impression, though, that you should stop working or abandon your duties. That would be impossible. Wisdom, the mother of all our spiritual strengths, will be your guide. I am saying, however, that it is a common oversight among spiritually minded people not to turn from outside engagements from time to time to worship God within ourselves and enjoy in peace some small moments of their divine presence."
— Brother Lawrence, Practice of the Presence trans. Carmen Acevedo Butcher
In times of doubt I forget
that You are not of God
of thoughts, to be found
in concepts or theories
but are the source of
my life and the radiance
that shines forth and all
that is, and then I remember:
mine is the work of learning
to see You as the radiance
that shines forth and all that is,
even in the dark. Even in me.
— Meister Eckhart
"The spiritual life can only be lived in the present moment, in the now. All the great religious traditions insist upon this simple but difficult truth. When we go rushing ahead into the future or shrinking back into the past, we miss the hand of God, which can only touch us in the now."
— Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope