Today I had to reverse back down a narrow path and around a bend, most unexpectedly. I realised that the view going backwards is always different and sometimes difficult. I amusedly saw how I was both backing away and retreating…it left me pondering…
Hindsight is a valuable tool to be part of our guide. Upon reflection, we can re-enter past experiences, and refresh encounters that were particularly important for us. We can find strong positive influences and quite negative factors
Taking note of really significant events and people in our past can help us decide to move forward in new directions. We can see more clearly what the real needs are which may enable us to grow into our personal fullness and we can invite into our life new mentors, new voices and new music to dance to. We can choose in whose steps we walk.
A spiritual retreat is a way of stepping back over a period of time, usually with some guidance, to be able to recognize the unique ways in which the Spirit has been working in our lives and to attune to the ways in which we may be called into the future.
We retreat into that sacred place where we go to pray … intently entrusting our time, emotions, anxieties and needs to the Holy Spirit as our companion and guide.
As we set aside the past patterns and come with a sense of holy indifference as to future options, we allow a holy spaciousness to enter our vision. Without being attached to any outcome, we let our own truth arise and simply attend to our feelings and responses. A spiritual guide prayerfully supports each retreatants unique journey. Quiet and time allow for the inner most things of our heart to arise from deep within.
I must say in retreating, there is sometimes a sense of a need to back away also … the spiritual path can be tremulous and mysterious.
It is empowered by the Holy Spirit, the dynamo, the dynamic of life.
PSALM 139 As your accompaniment
Yahweh, you examine me and know me,
you know if I am standing or sitting,
you read my thoughts from far away,
whether I walk or lie down, you are watching,
you know every detail of my conduct. vs.1-3
If I flew to the point of sunrise,
or westward across the sea,
your hand would still be guiding me,
your right hand holding me. vs. 9-10
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