Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

LIVE YOUR QUEST



Years ago, I was challenged to read a book I was not quite ready for by John Shelby Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers in Exile. In it he reflects on his quest for a new way of living his faith, which for him meant that he lived his Christianity in exile from the traditional church.  He wrote,
The only thing I know to do in this moment of Christian history is to enter this exile, to feel its anxiety and discomfort, but to continue to be a believer. That is now my self-definition. I am a believer who increasingly lives in exile from the traditional way in which Christianity has heretofore been proclaimed. 'A believer in exile' is a new status in religious circles, but I am convinced that countless numbers of people who either still inhabit religious institutions or who once did will resonate with that designation."
Sometimes our quest is for a space in which we can believe what we believe without having to conform to the doctrines of a religion or movement. I can remember when I engaged on that quest. It is, in part, what led to the creation of Inspiritual. I began to realize there were others who were believers in a diversity of faith traditions who, like Spong, felt as if they were believers in exile.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A quest is a question, the journey is the answer

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Song of the Week

This week's song of the week challenges us to remember we have the power to defy gravity. We can fly where the Divine is challenging us to soar https://youtu.be/MslDnwerQRA

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Stay humble and ask questions

Saturday, January 21, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Listen to everything with a maybe, and let Spirit guide you to the answers.

Friday, January 20, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Part of the quest is owning what you do not know. None of us know it all.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WALKING THE LABYRINTH

So often, when I hear people talk about going on a quest, they talk about going to remote places or off into the wilderness. However, one can stay in one’s own backyard or neighborhood and engage on a time of questing. Although I am no longer able to “walk” the labyrinth, I do finger labyrinths and find other ways of engaging in “walking” time with the Divine.
For many walking the labyrinth is a time of prayer. With each step one takes on the labyrinth one is both walking with and towards a deeper relationship with their Higher Power. Just as there is no one place to go to engage in a quest, there is no one way to walk the labyrinth. Some people I know have a prayer they speak softly or silently as they walk the path. Others have walked with a question and allowing each step to open themselves up to hearing the answer to their question or some sort of insight into the direction they should be going. There is no right way to walk the labyrinth and there is no right way to experience it. We are never the same person twice, so even when though you may walk the same labyrinth every week, that experience will never be the same as you are not the same.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Questioning will create a path with no regrets

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It is not about the answer, but having the courage to question and what you learn in the process

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sometimes we have to forgot that which is holding us back, so we can move forward

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

SONG OF THE WEEK

This album is about a young woman's quest in search of her missing mother and the missing feminine face of God. https://youtu.be/dKmd13TZxf0

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Have you taken the time to find that soulful place within?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

PEARL DIVING




A friend of mine just started a business involving pearls and she had to delay the start of her party because her pearls had not come in yet. Talking with her about it made me think about a story I read once in a book called Perfume of the Desert by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanut. The story is a short but simple one which is a great reminder of the transformative power of questing.  
"Shibli sought out Junayd as a teacher and said to him, 'Many people have informed me that you are a supreme expert on the pearls of awakening and divine wisdom. Either give me one of these pearls or sell one to me.'
"Junayd smiled. 'If I sell you one, you won't be able to pay the price; if I give you one, coming by it so easily will drive you to undervalue it. Do like me; dive headfirst into the Sea. If you wait patiently, you will obtain your Pearl.' "
Questing is about the journey. It requires intentionality, patience, and commitment to waiting on the pearl which is ours. I have found their story to be so true. I have valued the lessons I have learned on my journey when I have worked to discover them myself, then when they were just handed to me.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Are you questing for life

Sunday, January 1, 2017