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Readings week of May 27th.

Daily Contemplative Pause Readings

Monday, May 27th with Henry


Reading: “...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….” — Galatians 5:22-23


Tuesday, May 28th with Chris


Reading: Entering the Sea by Khalil Gibran

 It is said that before entering the sea

a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled,

from the peaks of the mountains,

the long winding road crossing forests and villages.

And in front of her,

she sees an ocean so vast,

that to enter

there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way.

The river can not go back.

Nobody can go back.

To go back is impossible in existence.

The river needs to take the risk

of entering the ocean

because only then will fear disappear,

because that’s where the river will know

it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,

but of becoming the ocean.


Chant: Oh Mercy, I entrust myself to You, that I may be transformed. 

Thursday, May 30th with Chris


Reading: Spelunking of the Soul by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

I woke in the cave of my heart,

a slim shadow nested inside

an unbounded shadow,

and there, after decades of chatter

and prattle, I found you, silence.

Or more truly, after my clanging

and crying, my praising and soothing,

silence found me.

Quiet comforter.

Place of no promises.

Infinite cradle. Infinite womb.

An endless invitation to wake


I woke in the cave of my heart

being tuned to join a song I knew

but had never been taught,

a song ringing inside every cell.

Whatever I’d thought

was my own voice was one silken thread

in a warp made of silence,

a weft made of song.

I met there all the beauty I could bear.

Is it here even now as I sit in my room

with the low hum of lights

and the long list of things to do?

I close my eyes,

empty my pockets of certainty,

listen for what is real.


Chant: Bind my head and my heart in you, Holy One, Holy One, Holy One


Friday, May 31st with Heather


Reading: “The imaginal realm–our principal partner in this exchange -- is "lighter" than our own earth realm -- i.e., less dense, vibrating on a higher frequency…

In this lighter, more fluid realm, my BODY is not the outer physical shell, but a more subtle inner body that inhabits and animates it...It comprises an energy field extending well beyond our physical body, and the energy of this body is not physical energy, but energy of a much finer vibration kind, sometimes called "psychic energy" (by Valentin Tomberg) or "radial energy" (by Teilhard de Chardin). It is the energy of prayer, attention, love, and authentic spiritual will. It is counter-entropic (i.e., not subject to the laws of thermodynamics), and it is very real. It is the principal vehicle of imaginal exchange.

In this more subtle imaginal bandwidth, those aforementioned "virtues and vices" take on a different form as well. They become subtle cosmic substances -- not simply "qualities," but actual physical elements needed for the building up (or alas, tearing down) of our world…" — Cynthia Bourgeault, Spirituality & Practice: Spiritual Gifts from the Imaginal Realm, Session 5



Saturday, June 1st with Heather


Reading: "the theological virtues" (faith, hope, and love) are actually streams of radial energy changing outcomes in the physical world. In his The Divine Milieu he insists that faith is "operative," meaning for him that it actually acts in this world, changing not only the outcome of a situation but the actual physical structure of the material it acts on. As [Teilhard de Chardin] sees it, "Under the influence of faith, the universe is capable, without outwardly changing its characteristics, of "becoming more supple, more fully animate." And he's not just talking about our attitude toward the world becoming more supple and animate; something in the physical composition of the world actually subtly shifts. The agent of change here is not merely an awakened heart acting upon the world, but FAITH itself acting upon the world through a direct energetic impact upon the molecular elements of which the world is composed."  — Cynthia Bourgeault, Spirituality & Practice: Spiritual Gifts from the Imaginal Realm, Session 5


Chant: sink into the taproot of your heart (by Heather Ruce)


Sunday, June 2nd with Joy


Reading: All beings

are words of God,His music, His Art.

Sacred books we are, for the infinite camps  in our  souls.

Every act reveals God and expands His being.

I know that may be hard

to comprehend. All creatures are doing their best

to help God in His birth

of Himself.

Enough talk for the night.

He is laboring in me; 

need to be silent

for a while, worlds are forming

in my heart. — Meister Eckhart, as translated by Daniel Ladinsky


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