This Paschal Season and our Vigil in this form comes to an end today on Pentecost Sunday. For those of you who have joined me intentionally, our focus has been to work with the wager that during these fifty ‘thin’ days we can be aware of the presence and fragrance of Jesus, the Living One, enfolding us right now. . . to soften and open ourselves, tuning into the heart frequency where this connection and living body can be experienced and Love is flowing toward us. . . to receive whatever teaching Jesus may have specifically for us. . . to keep within and steward our own atmospheres. . . to offer the missing ingredient or fruit of the spirit in the circumstances of our lives in tangible ways. . . to engage the act of birthing, mothering.
We even asked ourselves at the beginning: Am I on some level challenging the current structure of consciousness based in colonization and duality in such a way that is disruptive? What is Jesus as the Living One wanting to show me now? How do I live from the place in me that exists beyond death?
Pause for a moment, close your eyes, bring your awareness to your lungs filling with air and your heart beating, from this sacred breath and heartbeat, which is none other than God’s breath and heartbeat in you, consider the ways the wager we have been working with was true for you. What were your embodied spiritual insights and experiences during this season? I would love to hear from you about any noticings you may have had.
Thank you to all who have consciously taken up this Vigil with me and for the rest of you I hope you were somehow nourished by the awareness of our conscious post holding.
I want to remind you of an upcoming retreat this week, May 27th-31st, Living the Beatitudes: Discovering the Mystical Truth of Jesus’ Words. If you are interested in joining me, Joy Hayter, and Catherine Reagan you can find out more here as well as below. All are welcome and scholarships are available.
May we engage the act of mothering
May we create something new out of our pain
May we practice mutuality instead of hierarchy
May we choose self-love instead of internalized oppression
May we practice intersectionality, refusing to let hegemony “divide and conquer” us
May we be the way we heal
Here are the readings from this week from Neil Douglas-Klotz’s book “Prayers of the Cosmos: Reflecting on the Original Meaning of Jesus’s Words [in Aramaic]” as well as two others:
Reflection on “Our Father which art in heaven”:
“O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos, you create all that moves in light.
O Thou! The Breathing Life of all, Creator of the Shimmering Sound that touches us.
Respiration of all worlds, we hear you breathing - in and out - in silence.
Source of Sound: in the roar and the whisper, in the breeze and the whirlwind, we hear your Name.
Radiant One: You shine within us, outside us - even darkness shines - when we remember.
Name of names, our small identity unravels in you, you give it back as a lesson.
Wordless Action, Silent Potency - where ears and eyes awaken, there heaven comes.
O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos!”
Reflection on “Hallowed be thy name”: