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- My Experience with the Practice of Utmost Charity
Eben, I got a good chuckle from “sometimes the best that I can hope for is to be able to lovingly wave goodbye to myself as I watch myself go over the emotional waterfall.” Thanks for sharing this.
I’ve heard it said in other teachings that when this double-awareness is present, we’re still better off than without it, because conscious awareness is present, even as the self get stuck in the quagmire all over again. Presence is a gift, no matter what.
Grateful to be on the journey in this beloved community. – PamelaPosted by pbegeman on January 2, 2024 at 10:14 pm in reply to: Sunday December 24: Birthing The Eternal Dream: Peace #140144
Amen, amen, Linda. I join you in envisioning utmost charity as a global way of being. Thank you for your presence and your own practice of this way. – Pamela
Kathleen: I too am often in tears, overwhelmed by the beauty, poignancy, suffering and small joys in life, and the great hearts I encounter. This weekend, while at an art workshop, I walked into the immaculate bathroom and was suddenly overwhelmed by the person’s energy who had cleaned the bathroom overnight. My heart was so filled with gratitude and awareness of all those what work at night or the wee hours so the rest of us can function well.
The deeper we go, the more porous we become to the heart of the Beloved, which is radiating everywhere in everything and everyone. – Pamela
Adeline, your reflections are like a balm to my soul, because you swim so freely in liminal space. You witness for me the realities and power of this dimension of Reality. Thank you. – Pamela
Thanks, Kathleen, for pointing out the hazards of “vigilance.” I love that you make drawings to remind yourself of the all-loving God. – Pamela
Thank you for describing this ordinary but beautiful gathering, and your presence among them. – Pamela
Adeline: Wow, such a profound witness. I bow to you as you swim the depths of nothingness. I love what you said: “Stewarding is not auditing a life; it is giving it away according to the ONE who is fashioning it into a NO-THING.” – Pamela
Brenda: What a testament to your deep practice that you can be so grateful amidst difficulties. Deep bow, and my prayers are with you. – Pamela
Dear Thomas: I love your enthusiastic sharing. This line really landed as truth in me: “God always shows up when needed, at least that is my experience. But I never receive any indication that is going to happen, it just does.”
Thanks for your practice and for showing up here to share in community. – PamelaPosted by pbegeman on September 29, 2023 at 9:53 pm in reply to: Sunday September 24: Justice in the Kingdom of God #138040
Adeline, thank you for continuing to share about your practice of the Welcoming Prayer. When you shared in the prayer group about practicing it before you get out of bed every morning, that really stuck with me and I began that practice the next day … and have continued every since. You are an inspiration to me in so many ways. – PamelaPosted by pbegeman on September 11, 2023 at 8:41 pm in reply to: Sunday September 10: Tough Love: Making Room for Love #137654
This is a Visio Divina reflection from Tom Agness. He has trouble posting, so he shared it with me to share with all of you:
Blood and Wine
The picture of Reconciliation, using the Visio Divina practice, brings many images, thoughts, signs and symbols to my mind.
The red color at the bottom of the picture depicts the bloody sacrifice of God, unspoken, but present in the consecration at Mass. “This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant, given for you, so that all sin is forgiven.”
The blue, or indigo color just above it signifies Advent, Incarnation and Epiphany and the theological gift of divine light, which is present in the picture as white.
Above that is the color purple, signifying Lent, the Passion, Death & Resurrection of the Christ, Easter, along with the feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost.
Above that is again, the color red, symbolizing the New Wine, or the Joy in the New Life offered and given to all. And the theological gift of Divine or Eternal Life present, as depicted in the Eucharistic celebration of the Mass, a forerunner to the Heavenly Banquet.
Off to one side is the color green, the green of Ordinary Time, where Divine Love grows like flowers in a garden.
The picture looks like it’s stained glass, apropos to a worship space. I spent many hours in spaces like those, gazing at stained glass windows that told stories, or were pictures of various saints. I also see a cross in there, when I let go of the analytical side of my brain and just let the picture speak to me.
Where, how does Reconciliation come into play? Because the whole Eucharistic celebration, in fact, the whole of life, is the re-enactment of God’s simple, single act of self-giving that I witness, and take part in simply by being alive, and being awake.
Some of the Eastern religions and philosophies are what I call, ‘meta-historical’. The smile of the Buddha seems to imply he is enjoying a little inside joke – that while Western Christianity needed to have God, or the Son of God actually come to earth, die and be resurrected, what I call the historical principle, for us to get it, – the Eastern religions seemed to already intuitively know God’s unconditional love for us.
Nevertheless, we both wind up in the same place. Enlightenment, Unity consciousness, heaven, nirvana. Different words but the same meaning.
Where it all comes together for me is this description of Eucharist:
And I am reconciled, not by anything I have done, but by what, as Thomas Keating has said; “God signing on the dotted line.” to show how much God loves us.
It was, is, and will always be God reconciling us to God self.