Everything is connected
Each word each leaf
Each poem drawn
And held together
By the thread
Of our own experience
And the longing of
Our own soul
To follow the vine
Back to its root
~ John Millar
Throughout the many years I’ve been on a spiritual path, I’ve thankfully found myself continually opening to a wide range of avenues and teachers and experiences that assist me in awakening to deeper levels of love. I’ve often found that a new season of connecting more deeply to the divine is preceded by a period of heartfelt longing, perhaps of darkness, or of some measure of divine discontent. Following the whispering lead of this longing has always ushered me in new directions, inwardly and outwardly, that support me in extending my “roots” deeper down into the moist soil of life to receive new levels of sacred nourishment.
“There is only one ancient and forever work of art: the slow fashioning of life
and the gradual awakening of Love. The invitation to participate in Love’s
measured emergence is our call. Our yearning is to meet that Love face to face.
The call to awaken is an invitation to adventure — one lived on life’s
frontier — and the common experience of awakening lies at the root
of every tradition, every authentic spiritual teaching.”
~ Anne Hillman, Awakening the Energies of Love
A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of being asked to lead a memorial service for my dear friend, Catherine Engel. It was an extraordinary service of celebration, as Catherine was a woman who gave herself permission in her life to open deeply to a wide range of spiritual traditions, including profound connections with Tibetan Buddhism, Catholic mysticism, Native American Sioux, as a devoted student of the Indian teacher, Sai Baba, as well as being an initiate and minister with John-Roger in the Movement of Spiritual Awareness. She knew in her bones and in her expansive heart that all these forms ushered her to the divine formless within, and she courageously followed her longing to know and taste Love in so many rich ways throughout her life.
For the last two months, I have been immersed in studies and experiential work with a vibrant, wise, and extraordinarily generous Indian mystic, Sadhguru Vasedev. As with all new turns in my spiritual path, it was not something I was looking for, but once my soul encountered this man and his presence I knew there was a rich harvest that I was being invited to partake of. During this time, I have surrendered in new ways to the energies of healing and Love, opened to a greater level of awe for the process of creation, deepened in my reverence for nature, moved into much-welcomed levels of honoring my body through conscious nutrition and sacred movement/ dance, and am integrated new devotional forms into to my morning and evening spiritual practice. I am very grateful for this new wave of blossoming, and to be a continual apprentice to Love.
Speaking of our longings and how we are often being invited to open our hearts to the divine in new ways, here’s one of my favorite poems:
No one can keep us from carrying God
wherever we go.
No one can rob His Name
from our heart as we try to relinquish our fears
and at last stand — Victorious.
We do not have to leave Him in the mosque
or church alone at night;
we do not have to be jealous of tales of saints
or glorious masts, those intoxicated souls
who can make outrageous love with the Friend.
We do not have to be envious of our spirit’s ability
which can sometimes touch God in a dream.
Our yearning eyes, our warm-needing bodies,
can all be drenched in contentment and Light.
No one anywhere can keep us
from carrying the Beloved wherever we go.
No one can rob His precious Name
from the rhythm of my heart,
steps and breath.
Blessings to your own longings — and tastings — of the miraculous energies of Love,