Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Walking With Wisdom~In Contemplation

“As meditation is spiritual practice, so contemplation is spiritual encounter. In meditation we practice our spirit. In contemplation we encounter God…within and without, everywhere we turn, with everyone we meet, and in everything we do.” ~Bob Holmes Click to Tweet

Thoughts on Contemplation

Whereas being Born Again and being Baptized in the Holy Spirit are God’s actions to us, contemplation is our entering into the divine mystery with God.  Click to Tweet

It is our surrendering to God, spirit to spirit, center to center, heart to heart. What God does is much more subtle as contemplation works deeper than our thought processes, slowly transforming us from the very core of our being. This connecting generally runs in the background, out of our awareness for a while until we realize, “Oh Wow, everything really is changing.” It’s working from the inside out.

“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” ~Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM Click to Tweet

Intuitively we know it’s true. It just is. It’s how we’re hardwired for God.

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” ~Saint Augustine Click to Tweet

Contemplation is not a one-off, one-time thing. It’s not getting your ticket punched for heaven. It is God’s daily transforming restoring rest. It’s heaven becoming in us so that we might live heaven on earth.

We can’t live a Godly life by ourselves. Contemplation is with the Eternal and it has been in our Christian tradition all along. Why do you think Jesus went out alone into the hillsides?

So ‘let go and let God’. It is finished. Repent (turn from) your dysfunctional striving to make it happen, and enter into rest.

Contemplation is the opening exercise of our faith every single day, that God will meet us in the stillness of our spirit…deeper than prayer, deeper than words, spirit to spirit…where the fragrance of God is life.

As muddy water takes time to settle, so it takes us time to still ourselves, to settle out. Be kind to yourself.

 

 

 


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A Christian Mystic Manifesto

 

“The Christian of the future will be a mystic, or he will not exist at all.” ~ Karl Rahner, S.J.

First off, let me tell you how thankful and grateful I am:

And it’s upon this third aspect I want to rest.  So my focus and message to you here is to “be revived in Our Lord Jesus, “Be filled with the Holy Spirit,” but don’t fall short, be restored by the transforming work of God Our Father, which is through Contemplation.

Each system we’ve developed falls short if it stands alone.

The first degenerates into systems of fundamentalism who’s one goal is to make a system so safe, that there’s no need for the uncertainty of the Holy Spirit, except in creed or belief.

The second is mysticism lite. It is the mystery of God held firmly by the souls of men, yet it’s always breaking loose in the hearts of those who would walk with God in the cool of the day.

So what of the third?

Spirituality Is Body, Soul, and Spirit

For too long we have made spirituality an intellectual enterprise…quoting Scripture and standing in the dogmas and creeds of narrowing traditional systems. God explodes or allows our static systems to implode because the Word is alive and breathing.

Though the words lightly sit upon the page, their threshold begins and lives in eternity. We make our systems while God transcends us all. When Jesus says, “You search the Scriptures because you think in them you have eternal life, but they point to me,” Is Jesus pointing us to Scripture or to himself?

Analytics scratch the surface but never encounter God. Why? Because our analytical inquiry begins and ends with ourselves. Our soul’s tools are never enough.

As God is spirit, so our spirit must lead us into encounter. Worship is engulfing our spirit with God. We are all consumed at our core. This is the mystery, and this is the never-ending transforming process of contemplation.

Contemplation Is A Process

We engage the spark of eternity within us, birthed from the burning heart of God. For God is light and in YHWH, there is no shadow or darkness at all.

Spirit is life and light that enlightens us with the breath of God breathing into our center of centers, the very seat of our being connecting us as sons and daughters of light, allowing this ever-unfolding connection that integrates us within the eternal mosaic of living light, like sparkling energy of delight.

O Taste and see…for God is beyond us in depth, expanse, feelings, thoughts, and being…in every way, our words fail us.  But God is good, and God is love inviting us into the grand choreography of glory and the mystery of oneness. Jesus is calling you home.


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Awakening To The Presence

Walking With Wisdom

God’s presence is always with us. The theological term for this is Omnipresent. ‘What’s lacking is awareness.’ ~Richard Rohr
God is omnipresent in that the Creator transcends all limitations of time and space. YHWH is right here, and right now. God is present always, in every place, and at all times.

If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Hell, you are there!

The Purpose of Contemplation

What quietness and stillness do, is to bring us into the awareness of the presence of the Almighty. It’s called awakened awareness, as we have been spiritually asleep to these realities.

Quietness and stillness help bring us to a still point, where we can sense the eternal all around us, as if breaking through the fabric of space and time.

Practicing our spirit helps train us to see and experience the eternal presence of YHWH.

Only as we take the time to Be, can we truly Become whole in Christ.

Take time captive (with eternity) and dwell with God today. The love of God is utterly amazing. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

 

 


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Is Facebook Driving You Crazy?

 

Don’t let the political click bate on Facebook make you small-minded, no matter how bright you are.

Be your open minded, big hearted self!

Don’t let people’s anger and hate lock you up in your ‘reptilian’ brain. That’s no way to live.

Arguing convinces no one.

Know How Your Brain Works

Because of thousands of years of programming our survival, we are hardwired for fight and flight. Negatives stick in our memory like velcro. Fear narrows our focus to survive. It’s all about safety and security. It causes our awareness to shrink into our small mind. We can barely see with our diminishing normal mind. Our ‘reptilian’ brain searches out for information that will help us to survive and be secure. We see those who are not us and ours as a threat. On one side, our survival herd mentality makes us easy to control and manipulate. And once we see the other, it’s easy to objective them, in the name of safety and security. And once we’ve objectified people, we can rationalize all matters of evil against them. They are a threat.

So when we go back to normal, we wonder, ‘What was I thinking?’

In the 60’s we had a saying, “I may disagree with what you’re saying, but I will fight for your right to say it!”

Jesus put it this way: “Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you…”

Back to brain science: Positives, on the other hand, are like Teflon to our brain. They don’t stick. We almost immediately forget them. Unless we immediately take time to savour them. You’ve got to savour what you want to remember. It why spirituality is intentional and why we do ritual.

Being spiritual, big-hearted, and big-minded doesn’t just happen. We’ve got to be intentional to grow and live a full on life. We reap what we sow, OK? Sow the seeds of a  big-hearted and a big-minded life in everything you do.

Facebook like money, amplifies who you really are. So Remember, what comes around goes around. Be kind!


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Engaging Intentional Spirituality

“When God moves me, I move. When God does not move, I sit limp like a wet dishrag. ~ St. Teresa (Click To Tweet)

What moves and motivates you to get things done? We think it’s up to us, but is their a spiritual way?

In getting things done, are you driven by fear or drawn by love?

St Teresa’s example reveals to us that she had tapped into God’s source, over her own.

Intentional Spirituality Transforms Us

Intentional spirituality opens us up to God’s living energy that motivates us in grace, and love and peace, both in transcending and embodying spirituality…both in transformation and in integration. We work out what God works within us as servants to the least of these, because that’s what love does.

Spiritual Practices Help Birth Our Transformation Daily

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” ~ Meister Eckhart (Click To Tweet)

What spiritual practice awakens your spirit?

How does your spirit work out through your soul and body into your common everyday life?

Are you developing a spiritual community within your spiritual tradition? We are hardwired for a community.

Do you have a Spiritual Director? Spiritual directors are sacred companions that accompany and help us to fine-tune our heart to listen and respond.


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