Alex Markovich, Photographer
As we listen to our heart we hear our spirit speak. Our heart’s life is of the spirit. The murmuring heart is constantly in dialogue speaking to us of things not known by the mind. These very moments often leave a marked impression, but may remain hidden and mysterious.
We are body and spirit. Yet so many of us do not engage in an ongoing relationship with the spirit. We talk about spiritualities and religions as things out there. We objectify and distance them. Yet the spirit is the life force of the body.
We must learn to be sensitive to the spirit within us, to respond and embrace the realitity of the unique way in which each of us come into being in both body and spirit. This is our wholeness; the union and acceptance of our undivided unity of spirit.
Daily we cultivate this personal relationship with our spirit and come to recognise and relate to the spiritual. God in all cultures is Spirit. This Spirit is the dynamic life of creation within all matter. In this Spirit we live and move and have our being.
Most people have knowingly had a spiritual experience, or several. These often remain dormant memories whose significance and beauty is forgotten.
I find people have difficulty in expressing the spiritual dimension of their life. The qualities of mystery and the immaterial is somewhat confounding or disarming. Without sharing, understanding and support, our interior experiences and spiritual knowing are not realised in our lives and their very gift of our capacity for transcendence unrecognized.
We may infer from a sensing, an intuition or inspiration, a flow of creativity, a serendipitious happening, that these are but adjuncts to our material world. At another level, uncertainty may give rise to fears, scepticism and denial of the spiritual life.
Thus we conform to an outer material world without integrating our spirit. We dismiss the core of our being, which is spirit, and deny our capacity to transcend a corporeal existence. This disconnect leaves a void of personal meaning. Accepting this spirit within, enables us to embrace a greater wholeness of our self and a greater reconciliation of our life within creation.
“Deep within myself, and because I have felt its power, I know that a real and specifically new wind has just breathed over the sould of man. … To share in a hallowed unity, even for a split second, is enough to enable us to glimpse the future promised to our species, and to find the road that will lead us to it.”
Pierre Teilhard De Chardin’s essay “The Promised Land”
Do not be afraid to acknowledge the Spirit at work in you, gifting you with all good things, guiding you, showing you the way and speaking to your heart truth that sets you free. As you acknowledge that you too have known this power on you, you too have felt this mystery move in your life – continue to let these truths be the foundation of your search for integration of the body and spirit in one with the Holy Spirit.
On the eve of the feast of Pentecost in the Christian calendar, we are encouraged to accept the Holy One in the Spirit. Accept God’s gift to each one of us as the Spirit. The Spirit of God is Holy — be not afraid — Let the Spirit of God come to you and grow in you that you may know how wonderfully you are made. Let the mystery become a divine wonder… a daily gift of your life – a life of spirit -lived personally and openly.
Fan into a flame the truth of your lived experiences of the spirit. Let your life in the Spirit truly be at the heart of what leads you and guides you on your. You are spiritual.
Our ability to be aware, to be attentive, to see and to hear and to intuit-all come more fully alive when they flow out of a quiet, receptive heart. And so, our participaton in on-gloing creation is predicated on our commitment ot silence-to cultivating a listening heart and a peaceful spirit.
Judy Cannato, ” Radical Amazement”. Notre Dame, Indiana. 2006.
Our heritage is rich in traditions of spiritual awakening and guides. Each one is called to come into this fullness of the Life in the Spirit of God. Spiritual wholeness and vitality grows within us, and within healthy spiritual communities. We are made for communion in one spirit.
Image Zen Postcard 7 by Russian Photographer Alex Markovich Photo Art WordPress, used with permission.