Monday, October 29, 2018

Knowing the Bottom


















Many of us are not aware of the sacred space within us,
the place where we can reflect and contemplate,
the space from which wonderment can flow
as we look at the mountains, the sky, the flowers, 
the fruits and all that is beautiful in our universe,
the space where we can contemplate works of art.

This place, which is the deepest in us all,
is the place of our very personhood,
the place where we receive the light of life 
and the murmurings of the Spirit of God.

It is the place in which we make life choices
and from which flows our love for others.
~ Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche


This past week, my husband Steve, and I went to stay in a little cottage by the sea in New Harbor, Maine which is owned by a dear friend.  When you sit in the main room, there is a big bay window to look out over the ocean, and the ocean is right outside of the window.  We took quality time in front of the window reading, relaxing and talking and also watching the lobster/fishing boats do their thing.  

The sea was calm up until the last day when a “Nor'easter” came in with full force.  Our host, Merle, was visiting us that day and joined us in watching the storm gradually build to an intensity.  Merle has been a fisherman for many years and started talking about knowing the bottom of the ocean in a 150 mile radius over the area we were viewing.  “What was knowing the bottom? I asked.  He then went on to explain how after so many years of charting the bottom for the different depths and places where the fish and lobster hang out, he can now see the bottom when he looks out over the ocean.  So, his perspective of the storm was from the depths of the sea and he calmly saw the high swells as a natural part of the ocean’s character.  Where I was being rocked by the intensity and wondering if the water might come up under the cottage. 



This conversation has been working on me.  And, I continued to be with this and something came to me ...  

As we continue to contemplate or surrender attention to God's Loving Presence alive within us, we become very familiar with our base or “bottom” and we would then view our personal or worldly life situations or “swells in the ocean” from this calm depth.

As I work with folks in coaching meditation and contemplative prayer, I am constantly reassuring them.  Most of us were not trained to bring our attention into a Living and Loving Presence within us.   And, it does take practice to bring attention back into this place until it becomes quite natural.  Much like our friend Merle took the time to “practice seeing the bottom” until it became a natural knowing for him.


This place, which is the deepest in us all,
is the place of our very personhood,
the place where we receive the light of life 
and the murmurings of the Spirit of God.
It is the place in which we make life choices
and from which flows our love for others.


Jean Vanier shares with us so clearly a place deepest in us all and from which we make life choices and from which flows our love for others.

This week, as we are all aware, there is quite a storm happening and it is requiring us all to move into this deep place within us in order to make choices and take actions that will be significant for our country and the entire world.  And, most importantly, our present actions and decisions are setting the stage for our children and grand children.

Take time to watch this youtube.  
It is sung by our little ones …  Be sure to have a tissue ...

In the beginning of my practice, I had the benefit of being with my teacher as he guided us in meditation.  And, with this experience, I found it to be very easy to access this peace we are speaking about here.  That is why I continue to provide guided meditations for you, it does make it easier and eventually you catch on quite easily. 

So, I have included a meditation here for you to use as a way to walk step by step into this deep peace and Loving Presence.   From HERE, we can share our deepest love and compassion from the depths of our True Self … being an instrument of His Grace-filled Presence.

"Being the One Radiant Heart"



A human being is a part of the whole, 
called by us “Universe,”  a part limited in time and space. 
[One] experiences [oneself] … as something separated 
from the rest … a kind of optical delusion 
of [one’s] consciousness. . . . 
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison 
by widening our circle of compassion 
to embrace all living creatures 
and the whole of nature in its beauty. —Albert Einstein 


We are waking up from this "optical delusion" and "widening our circle of compassion to embrace all ..."

Blessings dear One,
Elizabeth


"More Love Please" from a wall at the border of Mexico.

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