“The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek.” – Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
I don’t know about you, but I certainly have been in a state of distress and turmoil WAY too much lately. The challenges facing us as a community, a society and a global family are vast and sometimes, at least for me, overwhelming. When I feel this way, I also feel deeply out-of-balance with my spiritual self and that is actually a good thing! Like an alarm bell, when I begin to feel out-of-whack with my spirit, I know I need help and guidance.
Our topic this month is “A Hidden Wholeness” and stems from our understanding in the Science of Mind of being imbued with an indwelling Presence; our hidden wholeness, if you will. So it was to this Presence that I turned at last to help me find my center once again, to walk in balance during these very uncertain times where collective fear and anxiety seem to be spreading like wildfire.
“My friend” Jack (Kornfield) was part of the guidance I received. He was leading a meditation on “the steady heart” and reminded me that for a thousand generations of ancestors, we have carried on through difficult times – wars, famines, epidemics and depression. And now we are in training to carry on through a global pandemic. That was a helpful thought. Guidance sometimes comes this way.
In addition, I have formed the habit (when I finally remember to do so) to simply ask the Indwelling Spirit for guidance. This often comes while walking in the natural world and remaining wide open to messages. In this practice, the world speaks in metaphor through outer encounters that carry a deeper message for me.
I was supported in returning to my hidden wholeness through these forms of guidance with a reminder of the deep importance of daily, committed spiritual practice, which I have been doing with renewed commitment.
In these times, I wish for you and for me, a steady heart and a balanced perspective. My great hope is that your connection to our Center helps you in this way.
Rev. Dr. Andrea Asebedo