I just began the Master of Spirituality course written by Rev. Chuck Bynum. I quite enjoyed the first lesson because it was meaningful, clear, concise and it spoke to some truths that I have always known since I first began my work as a commission lay minister in my denomination (Roman Catholic) and now as an ordained minister (interfaith). Namely, people have journeys that they must go through and it is our duty as ministers (but also as fellow humans) to journey as companions with folx on their respective journeys. We may be ordained, have a title, or wear special religious garb, but at the end of the day, our mission in this reality is to be a resource for those who are initiating their journey. We must assist folx in trusting their process....*something I often say to folx in spiritual direction*. Trust your process. I thoroughly resonated with what Rev. Chuck said in the beginning of the lesson when he stated, "...our calling is to aid others in their quests, it is not to simply surround ourselves with those who already believe". If I may add to this eloquent statement, I would tack on, it is our duty to intentionally surround ourselves with those who are different than us because it does our faith a disservice to believe that another faith can not teach us something about our faith. It does our journey a disservice to not ask for assistance when we are not sure because "not being sure" does not equal "being lost".
The first assignment is to "observe" if folx are heart driven or mind driven. I am curious, how do you drive yourself on your quest/journey/path? Heart? Mind? Maybe you are driven by a mix of heart and mind?
One of the things that my training in humanities/philosophy instinctively brought up during this first lesson is the reality that truth often times can best manifest when we dare to hold space for "both and" existence. What I mean is, dare to hold space in your life to be driven by your heart, driven by your mind, AND EXPECT more...for more is always the essence of the great life experience or life mystery.
Peace to all of you.
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