Yesterday I received the gift of being in four gatherings of contemplative community in one day. In addition, there was the blessing of corresponding with a master’s student in New Zealand about her thesis on Christian Contemplative Community. There was also the gift of hours spent with two contemplative spiritual directors from Baton Rouge in discerning their call to form contemplative communities. All of this was part of my life mission: creating contemplative communities among people longing for spiritual communion.
This mission began in earnest from a simple vision of sharing the gift of spiritual communion with the world. Spiritual communion is a treasure which I believe this world desperately needs. The vision which came to me arose during an experience of spiritual communion with several friends years ago. In the vision I was suddenly aware that what we were experiencing in that moment needed to be shared. I saw us as though looking down from above on spiritual communion, as though I was hovering on the ceiling of the room and seeing the great treasure we were experiencing. There was an immediate sense of clarity: “This must be shared.”
Yesterday I was being blessed with the fulfillment of that vision. Repeatedly, the vision was crossing a threshold from imagining into reality. The reality was taking myriad forms in one day: a sacred yoga group with extended periods of inner stillness during moving postures, a Trust Circle with silence to begin and periods of silence between the group’s sharing of responses to evocative art, an introductory meditation group for staff in a hospital conference room, and a centering prayer and faith-sharing group in a home. Four forms of one experience emerged yesterday: spiritual communion.
The following description is one way to simplify and clarify what we were experiencing yesterday within the various groups. In these simple words I hope you hear your own call to seek and find the gift of spiritual communion. Maybe a nearby group is just waiting for you to gather them.
When you meditate you come to your medi,
your middle or center
your deepest nature
your True Self,
by letting go of thoughts as they arise
The deepest form of communication
coming into union.
This place of oneness inside you
is beneath thoughts and feelings,
and beyond concepts.
Here you are simply being one,
with you, other beings, and all that is.
Here you are one with the Source
of wisdom for right seeing,
and power for right action,
and heartfulness for right intention.
Aren’t you tired of all those busy thoughts anyway?
If so, if you are ready now,
come commune with us.
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