Sacred pace and negative space

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Sacred Pace

Laughing at my mistakes….when reading the blog the other day I noticed I had typed    this will be a sacred pace….   and then I corrected it to my meaning. But on reflection…  we are definitely journeying at a  sacred  s  pace.      

 

 

 

 

Negative space

How much easier it is sometimes, to know what we don’t want, like or need than what we do.   I have found that this helps me be in touch with what its opposite and discover what I need and want.

Many of us have trouble articulating what we want, need or like.  Yet we know what we don’t.  It strikes me that often  the expectation of what we don’t like, or think we need, is because of a negative experience.  As a consequence I don’t want that experience to be given space.

Yet its value lies in the fact that I am reacting to it strongly.  In that lies some clue maybe as to my aversions, or negative space…those options I may be blocking out in discernment.

Artists look at the negative space and become trained at looking at the unseen side, the hidden.  We all gain insight when we see with new eyes.

My experiences, negative and positive, are all good, because they teach me the way I am to go.  If I start with the dislikes, I am prompted more to uncover what I really want.     It is great to have lots of ‘likes’ (even in a blog) but to hold  knowledge of who I am and what shapes me is to embrace negative space also.     To have a clear vision of my direction I must look backward  at my path and see what it is that is shaping me in the negative and the positive.

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Take nothing with you

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Week 4 ordinary time.           Todays’ Scriptures: Sirach 47:2-11,  Mk 14-29

Take nothing with you on the journey  …

These words struck me today…    Whether we are an artist, a writer or a contemplative… these words call us to embrace a paradox of the spiritual journey.  It is often when we are empty that the Spirit becomes most present to us.  This may become more evident in times of desolation,  times of contemplation, or times of retreat or abstinence.

In  preparation for spiritual discernment these words echo within us…to lay down our ways  and wait upon the Spirit.  Discernment is the heart of all inner seeking.  It is only accomplished with  preparation  through calming the swells of the worldly desires and letting the waves of our discontent abate, that we may then journey to the inner.

In my art practice, I find it is when waiting in deep stillness and seeking in darkness; seemingly arid of the creative spirit, that I can recognize the dawn of inspiration and be prompted in new directions.   … I love the word “inspiration”…. being infilled with the Spirit…and the joy which comes with the “inspiration”.   It is truly filling when one is inspired.

It is in the unknowing that we come to know.   It is in the emptiness that we are filled.  But most importantly,  I think it is because I knew I was empty or barren, that I also have learnt to discern the Spirit of God within.

As we are preparing for Lent, this message seems to have a particular resonance for the spiritual journey just now.   Often Lent is associated with “giving up things”.   But I think of it more as laying them down and letting them go so I can make space in my life.   Not so much emptiness, but spaciousness.   The journey of the Spirit is to declutter in today’s jargon and trust that we will come to embrace the unknown ahead.

“And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff.”                                                                                                                Mk 6:8

I ponder and listen to what this word is saying to me and what extra baggage can I jettison, to go forward, knowing from past experiences, I have been given, and will be given all I need.

In all discernment we question what do I really want and what do I need.

In spiritual discernment as a Christian, we ask what is God’s  will for me? I let  questions come forward and wait on gentle promptings.

Then starts a process of discerning  what comes to me, what I hear in my heart     ….  , remembering I am always a follower; being led  I learn to listen and discern what is drawing me closer to  my true self.


What today do I need to equip me for the journey?

What do I stand in need of to be more present, loving, true,  peaceful …

What do I really need today  –  to be readied for the encounter with mystery?