Who can decide offhand
which is better,
to live or understand life?
the provocative tale of love and hate never redeems quite like we had hoped…..redemption comes with deep knowing, with unfailing witnessing, with acts of courage and vulnerability…..an intuitive spirituality of wise grace…..can we state our intentions?
If you connect clearly to the things you know you can have and want, then you’ll find that the actual process of doing them is an effortless flow. Intention gives us new vision, in which suddenly things that seemed impossible appear as possible. Having a focused intent is what will enable you to give up what stands in your way. It’s not magic’ you have to take the steps, use the tools, and do the work. But you’ve cleared the space and invited in grace, which, when present gains you access to the realm of transformative possibility. If we give up the barriers and pretenses and bring into view the things that we weren’t aware of about ourselves, take responsibility for them, and clear them, what we have underneath is love. Love is what’s left when we get all the other junk out of the way. In the space of love, all things are possible……Baron Baptiste
Religion can be dangerous to your health. Spiritual practices, as they grow, can actually block grace, if ‘turning to God’ means leaving part of yourself behind. We can all too easily confuse developing a compassionate mind with thinking only ‘positive’ thoughts while banishing the rest. When that happens, all the potent reactivity of the ‘first breath’ of cursing is suppressed by the ‘second breath’ of spiritual practice, rather than softened, sweetened, and redeemed by openness to grace. The idea that we have to put our best foot forward with God has worked its way deep into many people’s unconscious. But we cannot hope to please God by rejecting parts of our own soul. Every aspect of the self, however rough, difficult, and dangerous, is meant to be redeemed and find its true place as a reflection of the image of God. Much religion in Jesus’ day and in ours shies away from the healing process, falling into the trap of piety in the worst sense of the word: keeping all the difficult stuff in our reactivity carefully out of sight by strong-willed self-control, showing a good face not only to the world but to ourselves as well. Instead of welcoming the difficult parts of the self into the light, we banish them to the darkness of unawareness, where they continue to undermine the best intentions of the conscious self…..Robert Corin Morris