Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a visionary Jesuit priest, suggests: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience”. I have just returned from a Wisdom Way Of Knowing School Workshop/Retreat. This Christian exploration of the heart center as our place of unified knowing and understanding finds its roots in the ancient tradition of Sophia Wisdom. As I have come to understand it, ancient wisdom unveils creation as a limitless number of intertwining, ‘inter-living’ worlds within worlds. As limited beings, we have compound, determinate, and ephemeral encounters with an eternal and endless ‘unitary essence’. These moments are integral to the perpetual, cosmic unfolding of unitary essence. David Pratt describes it as: “…ultimate reality is pure, homogeneous consciousness-substance in never-ending motion.”
My work and these studies provide me with much deepening on my journey as I slowly integrate what is presented to me with how I enter the learning experience through my own heart’s way of knowing. Lately, my sense of worlds within worlds, or imaginal realms expands with my own awareness. My knowing flows through a strong inner compass that allows me to sift through the nuggets of my learning/experience for gold. And, more important, an evolving, empathic and loving appreciation that all that glitters is not in fact gold. I hold all of these things lightly and await an inner alignment of my heart, body and mind centers. These are becoming my true source for recognizing truth and seeing my path in life. As I allow this spirit to work in me, serendipitous and connected encounters attract and propel me onward in my life. I accept these as gifts, part of my own spiritual fecundity and spiraling presence as I awaken to be fully alive.
So, for me these workshops and retreats become an inherent piece of seeing more wholly/ holy worlds within worlds. I am deeply glad to know these people and places – these thin places where I see vaguely the imaginal realms. I carry it all within me. I see the capaciousness of the be-ings I journey with more clearly as we learn from the past, live for the present and strive for the future. And I wholeheartedly enter the sacredness of each today as the holy benefactor of every tomorrow. My source, my returning helps me to know that love is the key to compassion, empathy and being fully alive.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” Helen Keller