By Drena Griffith
During the month of March, Views from the Lorian Community writers expressed appreciation for objects: shoes, a cherry wood floor, rocks, vehicles, silverware and other objects. In the process, we also explored the inherent sacredness of these items, not just as containers and mirrors, but as objects "incarnated" in their own significant, if not always easily discernible ways.
Additionally, a difficult situation led two blog writers to address spiritual approaches to conflict both without and within.
Below are links to and excerpts from the April Blog Posts:
Spiritual Meditation by Susan Beal:
To me, Incarnational Spirituality in general, and Lorian priesthood in particular, is about actively cultivating that same dynamic, that moment when love, or at least acceptance, transforms separateness into wholeness, and everything grows brighter and more hopeful. Wholeness, or holopoiesis, as I understand it, is not only the bringing together of disparate elements into a collaborative partnership, it is also the reconciliation of opposites, the acceptance and integration of the dark and difficult shadow stuff—all those things that have been rejected, denied, misunderstood, and feared. It is extremely challenging work, and sometimes it seems impossible.
Sacred Impulse We Call Love by Drena Griffith
It seems to me that Incarnational Spirituality openly challenges the “master story” of our human existence. Our foundation is not that humanity results from inherent sin or that earth is a penal colony where we work off eons of bad karma. In spite of our very real challenges and particular flaws, Lorian posits that human life on Earth results from a primal call– which is not to penance; rather it’s to the sacred impulse we call Love.
The Living Universe: In the Spirit of Dancing Shoes by Freya Secrest
A delightful part of my understanding of a Living Universe is that there are no boundaries to Life; the vital spark of sacredness moves through everyone and everything. But how far does that really extend? In my own experience and for others such as Dorothy Maclean, it extends even into the man-made world....By appreciating the role each thing fulfills, its form and function in the world, and the energy that went into its making, we open the door to the mysteries of an inter-related, living universe. It is not a mystical, energetic fantasy but practical service appreciated in its relationship to the world that introduces us to the heart and soul of an object and establishes its livingness.
On Generators by Claire Blatchford
I believe every physical object in this world possesses the power to hold, produce, or transmute energy. While our 150 pound, gas-consuming generator, made to be exactly what it’s named, will likely produce the same amount of electricity for you as it does for us, others might not see or feel anything special in the stone from Iona. Yes, the cross engraved on it can add layers of meaning, but is it necessary to know this stone came from Iona and who knows what beach or ocean depths before the shepherd found it and added the imprint of his hand to it, to sense its energy? I think not. Any stone can be a window, a portal, a bridge into deep and wonderful stone-ness residing within our earth and ourselves.
Put another way: that this stone is an “incarnated” stone, a physical object created by mineral and other forces, means it has energy. The energy of this stone is quite different from, say, the energy of the spruce outside my window, the squirrel I often see in the spruce, or the birds, or you, or me. That the stone doesn’t grow, or can’t move without being moved by something else, doesn’t mean there isn’t energy within it.
Loving the Lunar Lander by Julie Spangler
...From what I have experienced of the world, a world in which everything is sourced from love, I do think we can love the things around us. It is easy to love the trees and flowers in the natural world around me in which things are alive and I can relate to the life within them. But what about rocks? Have you ever felt love for a rock or mineral? There was a large boulder, flat and smooth on top, which sat in the corner of the driveway of my childhood home. That rock was very big to a four year old and was many things to me — a house, a ship, a safe haven, a warm spot in the sun, a place to stand and feel bigger. This rock was a friend. Did I love it? Not in the way I loved my cat, but I did have a sense of welcome and safety with it. There was a sense of connection. This rock was mine, not in the sense that I owned it or had to “have” it, but in the sense that on this rock I could be secure in myself, supported in my inner world.
House Shaking by Mary Reddy
The spring cleaning impulse took hold of me recently. Think of what spring cleaning was like before the age of the vacuum cleaner. In colder climes, one could finally open windows, invite spring breezes to blow out the winter mustiness, hang rugs on lines outdoors and beat the dust out of them. In Iran, spring cleaning is known as “khooneh tekouni” or “house shaking”—such a lovely phrase! Spring rituals were firmly in place when I was growing up. I was often charged with polishing all the silver until each fork, serving spoon, and platter glowed. I loved that task in particular, more than dusting or washing. The polish removed all tarnish—made all things new again.
Perhaps some of us still perform these cleaning rituals by the season. But whenever or however one cleans or moves about the house, admiring a vase on the shelf or the smooth river stones placed on a table, the attention acknowledges an existing energy relationship. In Working with Subtle Energies, David notes that “each of us, wherever we are, is always a participant in the energy flow and life of that particular environment. Just like any mass shapes the field of space-time around itself (creating the phenomenon of gravity), so a living presence and consciousness always shapes in some manner and to some degree the field of life around itself.”
From the Archives: The Pilgrimage Dimension by David Spangler
What is a pilgrimage? Usually it is thought of as a journey involving time and distance to a holy place or a place of some special significance. Such a journey may require an effort that can be transformative, making the pilgrimage life-changing. This gives a pilgrimage a dimension that makes it more than simply a tourist excursion or a sightseeing trip.
Inherent in the idea of pilgrimage is the idea of the specialness of place, the idea that certain places hold distinct energies or qualities not found elsewhere. We don’t think of going to the supermarket or the neighborhood bookstore as a pilgrimage in the way we might think of journeying to Mecca or to Lourdes.
But maybe we should. Without subtracting from the uniqueness and specialness of Mecca or Lourdes or any other holy or significant site, perhaps there are ways of thinking about place and journey that allow us to access a dimension of pilgrimage in the context of our everyday lives.
Next week begins our Spring Fundraising Drive! As a spiritual research and educational center, Lorian Association fosters an Incarnational perspective and approach that, when applied, has the potential to complement every aspect of human relationship: within our multi-faceted selves, our connections with others and with the wider living universe, and especially with Gaia Herself! In a spirit of service, collaboration and fellowship, please consider making a financial contribution to help support our "community of consciousness."
This month Views from the Lorian Community will feature interviews with two donors whose stories enrich and nourish our community. We are pleased to share with you their personal missions and the gifts their lives continue offering Our Living Universe! Later in the month, Lorian blog writers will share personal stories of connection with the Sidhe and other subtle friends and kindred.
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Views from the Lorian Community publishes essays from a team of volunteer writers expressing individual experiences of a long term, committed practice of Incarnational Spirituality (and the general principles shaping such a practice.) If you wish to share how your life has benefited from your relationship with Lorian and IS, please email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. We prefer submissions between 700-900 words. We rarely accept previously published material (including blog posts.) We also reserve the right to decline or to edit your submission. Any accepted submissions will be published in the order that best fits our topic schedule.