Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Attend to Your Heart

Above all else, watch over your heart, for from it flows the springs of life. 

We learn to discern with our intuitive heart. Our heart is the seedbed of our belief.

Dear Ones Attend to Your Heart

When you read the Scriptures, is your insight intellectual or intuitive?

Do we read with our dualistic analytical mind, leaving our whole intuitive heart behind?

Do we see right and wrong, black and white, or do we see the whole expanse of interconnected unity?

Seeing In Wholeness

To see with our whole being is to see as the Apostle Paul wrote: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…”

To see with our heart is not to leave our analytical observations behind, but it is to see more fully. Our observations are not left behind, but are tempered, and set into the fabric of the whole, whereby we learn to see with God’s eyes, with spiritual eyes in the mind of Christ.

The First Step

Until we put our mind into our heart, as the ancient desert fathers and mothers taught us, we will only see in the two dimensions of our linear thought.

Reading with Our Heart: Lectio Divina as A Spiritual Practice

Lectio Divina, a spiritual practice of the Jesuits, was develop this very thing.

I would suggest choosing a scripture or book that jumps out at you. My favorite is John.

This is a great way of getting past searching the Scriptures to allowing God to speak to our hearts.  Applying what Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think in them you have eternal life, but the point to me.” Lectio Divina is like sitting at the feet of Jesus.

Hearing From Within: The Truth

The truth is the whole mosaic that is Jesus Christ, who incarnated the truth for us. The truth is not mere facts or theology, but a person, and his lifestyle of heaven on earth in our lives.

I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

These three incarnational facets of Christ cannot be dissected or understood apart from Christ is in us.

The Way of Incarnation

We hold the key. And when we are ready, Christ knocks at the door of our hearts, even every morning.

Our hearts are at the intersection of not only our minds, but of our bodies, and of our spirit. Our heart is the fulcrum point of our lives.

As the heart goes, so goes the man:

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

So God Gives Us

God gives us a new heart and a new spirit when we open our door and welcome Jesus home into our hearts. Our new heart and our new spirit are His within us…Christ in us.

The Life

May we die out to our old egoic self, that we might live out of our eternal true self in Christ our Lord.

Now, our old egoic self is not destroyed, but it is deconstructed, healed, and restored bit by bit, day by day. It comes into balance as our heart leads from our spirit, living wholeheartedly in Christ.

Our heart is the garden of God in our lives, nourishing us with the fruit of the Spirit it grows, and we become Christ presence on earth.

Blessing

Now, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us and abide in us forever. 

Notice the wholeness of God here.

Prayer

Lord, Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to understand, that we might enter into the grace, love, and fellowship in the Trinity of God.


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The Purpose of Our Spiritual Practice

The purpose of our spiritual practice is to work out what God has worked within us. It is a divine discovery process whereby we integrate the sacred into our everyday common life.
~Bob Holmes A Daily Contemplation


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The Three Out Breakings of God in Our Lives

The Three Relationships of Transformation

God is known in relationship and never apart from it.

I submit to you that there are three outbreaks in our spiritual life, three eternal dynamics that undo, deconstruct, and transform us. Three progressively interrelated deepenings of our relationship with God that unfold from the core of our being outward. They grow us from the bottom up, transforming our very being, presence, and character, even on a molecular level. And they work from the center of our being outward, in outbreaks of God.

They sing in our spirit, shine in our eyes, and dance in our hearts.

Reviving

The first outbreaking revives us from our dead and dying state, awakening us into an ever new and everliving life centered in Jesus, centered in us. It’s been called ‘the in Christ life’ or ‘the incarnational life’, born from Jesus invitation to abide in me (with me in you) for apart from me you can do nothing. Receiving Christ’s invitation to abide, we intentionally enter into this reviving and awakening us every single morning, into a new day, a new dawn, awakening into this eternal moment, this dwelling in Christ in the living present. Living awake and aware in God breaking out into and through our lives.

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.*

Renewing

The second outbreaking is within the seed of the first, receiving Jesus and being sealed with the Holy Spirit. It is within this eternal oneness with God we are empowered to live this eternal abundantly overflowing life. Renewing happens as we intentionally pour ourselves out in the eternal dance with God and are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit pours into and through us what manifests in the loving fellowship in and among us as the body of Christ bearing heaven on earth…growing into and through our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, the fruit of the Spirit and the character of God.

Restoring

The third outbreaking is the divine creative process of connecting each and every disconnect, one by one, healing the flow of God in our hearts, in our lives, and in our relationships. Our restoration begins as we intentionally move into our rest in Christ finished work, and live our of our wholeness in Him. Restoring is centered in the Father centered in us, as we create with our creator and walk in the choreography of God. It is walking with God in the cool of the day. It is having the mind of Christ, of seeing with the eyes of God, hearing with the ears of Wisdom, our heart beating with the love of God.

Restored people restore people. 

As St Teresa of Avila said so well:

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and abide in you all forever. 

 

*Hymn: Anonymous

en joy

abide+

 


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Intro: An Outbreak of God

There are outbreaks of God throughout history, outbreaks that leaven goodness in people and in nations. They bring an atmosphere of love and acceptance, grace and belonging, thankfulness, generosity, and compassion…beginning with the weakest, the least, the foolish, the outsider, and the marginalized… come outbreaks of God to heal, and to make us all whole. Healing from the bottom up, so that no one is left behind. For this is what salvation does, but we have forgotten.

We have codified, institutionalized, and made it something to be attained, mediated, and controlled by those we’ve put in charge.

So God moves elsewhere for an outbreak of heaven on earth, where people can catch the Spirit of the Eternal, and Jesus is incarnated again, and again.

O Breathe on me Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.

 

* Hymn by Edwin Hatch


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Shifting Into Outbreaks of God

 

Until we shift to see with the eyes of the mystic,

to hear with the heart of the sage,

and to walk with the spirit of the elder,

we will forever remain in our own heads.

 

We may design, build, and rearrange the furniture on the Titanic,

but we will never transform from glory to glory,

and we will not cultivate heaven on earth*

not until God breaks out of our lives.

Transformed people transform people. ~ Richard Rohr

 

*As Jesus taught and prayed.


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