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#77220 - 07/24/04 05:17 AM my spiritual journey
theo Offline
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what follows is an excerpt from my journal from over three years ago. i was on a journey then of mystagogy, the continuing spiritual journey of those who have converted to catholicism. not a prerequisite, of course, but it was a journey i accepted gladly. it was the easter of 1997 that i confirmed my vows (i think, at any rate...it has been a while \:\) ). from that point on, i was on a journey that continues. i participated in a parish leadership team that instilled the program of the jubilee of 2000 (disciples in mission). each year, i was given a prayer, that i feel was a gift from the Holy, to offer to my parish, and they accepted it (i wrote all that follows, but feel it was a gift) . at the time this entry was written, my former wife had already left me, and i had just struggled back from two months prior of intending to take my life. this was my private devotion, at the time. i said each prayer, followed by the "meditations", with the sign of the cross between each prayer. this is what worked for me at the time, and will work for me now, after all this time. i wanted to share this with all of you, my brothers, and all else curious. feel free to pm me about any questions. in a nutshell, each of the lines in the second stanza of the second prayer represent the essential contribution of each of the five essential paths of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Eastern (Orient), and Shamanism (Law, Surender, Serve, Path, Earth). each of these contributed to the vision of Bridgebuilders. this was not a vision of syncreticism, a combination of all religions. it was a vision of all that each contributed to the overall expression and manifestation. the "so be it" lines are the translations of the common word used, "amen", for those not aware of it. read it...meditate on it...and feel it. if there are any questions, do not hesitate, pm me. journey well.


1-1-01—1809hrs—Monday

Quote: Journal Entry...Theo

"The core principles are expressed in the “Ecology of Grace”, which states:

- All of creation is related to its every constituent part
- There exists a fundamental orientation of all creation toward Holy Mystery
- There exists the potential freedom to embrace and actualize the gift of grace given unto all of creation

The meditations derived are:

- It is gift, and gift will find its way
- I inherit through my choice. I build through my affirmation. It is through my freedom that I nurture, or fade into autonomy
- Lord, you are my source, not my object. Like you, I embrace the kingdom our Father has given us to manifest
- It was not given to life to broker the Kingdom, but to manifest it
- I was not given to serve life, but to embrace it
- A solitary act does not partake of the Kingdom

The prayers derived are:

Holy Spirit,
Guide my mind
As I acknowledge
All that I am grateful for,
That but for your will
Could not occur
Holy spirit,
Guide my heart
As I acknowledge my weaknesses
That but for your strength
I could not overcome
Holy spirit,
Guide my soul
As I acknowledge
What I must reconcile
That but for your grace freely given
Could not occur
Holy Spirit,
Guide my life
As you’ve always done
So I may continue to recognize
What you love
That I might love as well
So be it
***

Of the earth
And of my hands
This, which is holy
That I might find strength
To listen
That I might learn
To hear
That I might remember
To reach
That I might yet stand

That I might stand
To embrace
The Law
Of my Surrender
As I Serve
On my path
All of the earth
So be it
***

Behold, earth
And blessed creation
That which is greater
Than the breath of one
Is that which is shared

There is trembling
As truth is embraced
That one is nothing
Without all else

Therefore, I stand
That I might manifest
On earth
As it is in heaven
So be it


The prayers, meditations, ecology of grace principles, and the vision of Bridgebuilders are the culmination of all I have I have sought to embrace and articulate in my life. The Kingdom of God, is not the Kingdom of Christ (the Church), the Kingdom of God is the acceptance of the relatedness of all creation, acknowledgement of its orientation, and the embrace of freedom that one can nurture the Kingdom to its eventual creation-wide communion with Holy Mystery, or to fade into autonomy. "

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journey well,
theo dewolfe

- It is gift, and gift will find its way
- I inherit through my choice. I build through my affirmation. It is through my freedom that I nurture, or fade into autonomy
- I was not given to serve life, but to embrace it

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#77221 - 07/24/04 10:55 AM Re: my spiritual journey
Aden Offline
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Posts: 499
Theo,

There is a great deal that we might discuss. I am not sure how much of that potential discussion belongs in this particular froum, but there is certainly a connectedness between the challanges of our sexually abused pasts and our continuing spiritual journy.

Recognizing the unity or the "essensial oneness" of all being is a good step to the beginning of understanding. But it is a step at the beginning, and can lead in any of many directions.

We are deeper in our worship with a desire to know the truth, than we could ever be by assuming to know the truth.

Here is a short poem I wrote while fasting in the desert:

Is.
Is is all.
Is is one.
All that is is one.
I am Is.

Is walks upon the mountain,
with my feet.
Is percieves the sunset,
with my eyes.

All I am
Is Is
I am one.

Aden


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#77222 - 07/24/04 04:57 PM Re: my spiritual journey
theo Offline
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Posts: 1117
aden,
there is power in that poetry. it has been such a long time since i have pursued the devotions, much less, mass. it is a struggle in many ways. not so much a struggle to turn back to my spirituality, as it is to turn back to the faith community after so long. i know it would be just like i never stepped away...but so much has happened between then and now. at least i have begun the journey back.

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journey well,
theo dewolfe

- It is gift, and gift will find its way
- I inherit through my choice. I build through my affirmation. It is through my freedom that I nurture, or fade into autonomy
- I was not given to serve life, but to embrace it

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#77223 - 07/26/04 01:08 PM Re: my spiritual journey
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I suggest organized religion for all them that need it. the bulk of humanity needs it. But for us I demand an honest search for the heart of God in the universe. to see His true face is not codeified in steps of knowing. It is the depth of our desire to know the truth which is the measure of our devotion.


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#77225 - 07/27/04 10:32 AM Re: my spiritual journey
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Seems to me we three agree. Rhymes intended.

Aden


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