Incarnational Spirituality


What does it mean to be incarnate? 

Incarnate, as we use the word, is a state of individuality that is intrinsic to being human. The sacredness of being embodied as a physical person is core to the principles of Incarnational Spirituality.

Incarnational Spirituality sees this incarnate state as Sacred, celebrates embodied physical nature, and honors connection with the earth. Each individual life is valuable, meaningful, and capable of bringing wholeness and blessing into the world. 

Incarnation brings about sacredness through intentional acts of love beyond what would be possible or needed if there were only Oneness. Though challenging, separation is the doorway through which we can discover the nature of the generative Sacred from which both the One and the Many emerge.

When we practice love, loving our incarnate selves and loving that which is other, we become capable of truly and consciously gifting love to our world. Each of us have the opportunity to enliven and enrich the world around us by being a source of blessing to others.


 

Lorian offers many classes to explore Incarnational Spirituality principles and practices

 

 
We have been–and still are–in a time of alarms and noises, posturings and persuasions, tumult and tempest. To be of service in the world today, we must stand in a place of calm steadiness. In the midst of the storm, we must take time to look beyond to the mountains and the stars, the ancestors and the descendents and just appreciate the vastness of the world and of time and cosmos in which we live. Whatever happens tomorrow, the sun will rise, clouds will form, rain will fall, creatures will be born and die, and life goes on. We will love and create, our inner power undimmed, our spirit as Sacred as ever.
— David Spangler
 


Sovereignty

Sovereignty is the spiritual connection to the soul that gives us our unique identity and enables us to be self-governing, able to shape our lives in relationship with others.  It is a sacred, inner Light that makes us each a generative source of spiritual energy able to bless and nourish the world.  It is the gift of our individuality and its potentials that we each bring through our incarnation.


the sPECTRUM OF lIFE

The Spectrum of Life acknowledges the Earth as a vast ecology within which everything is alive, existing within a spectrum ranging from the organic to the inorganic and from the physical to the non-physical. Learning to connect and partner with this spectrum of life as a whole is what incarnation is about, enabling us to participate more fully in a living universe.


Gaianeering

Gaianeering is the principle of working in partnership with the Earth as a dynamic, living being, Gaia, to foster connection and wholeness in the world.  Such work can take many creative forms, but the spirit behind it is that we are all “Gaian,” individuals whose full expression is found in harmony with the living energy of the planet and the life that its sustains.


 

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