For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again. – Meister Eckart
Trust and vulnerability go together. Pray and vulnerability are not spoken off. In all the time I have been exploring the spiritual journey never have I come across this important issue.
What keeps you from being available to the KNOWING of Divine Intention are all the blocks that you have erected against feeling those feeling you avoid.
The Journey of Prayer is the journey of the KNOWING OF LOVE. This is the direct KNOWING that GOD IS LOVE and that you are made in the image of LOVE.
This is not something you earn. It is never kept from you. You keep it from yourself. The tragedy of religion is that it keeps you locked out of the KNOWING of this INFINITE LOVE.
Religious hierarchy would prefer that you remain a believer (Level 1) rather than a KNOWER. (Level 3) When you become a KNOWER you are religious in the true meaning of that word.
The mystic Rumi says it this way.
Your task is not to seek for Love but to remove all the barriers that you have erected against it – Rumi.
Most all the barriers that you have erected against the KNOWING of LOVE are taught to you.
They are not part of the TRUE SELF. The Journey of Prayer is a journey of letting go of all those ideas and beliefs that don’t serve you.
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do –
determined to save
the only life you could save.
The Journey – Mary Oliver
The life that you are determined to save is the life of your soul – that aspect of you that is connected to Divine Intention which is LOVE.
Letting go of what does not serve you can feel threatening.
What if it means you admit to having doubts that may leave you feeling you no longer belong to your faith family.
What if it means, as if often does, that you metaphorically speaking, spend time in the desert of the unknown.
Are you prepared for that kind of courage (from ‘cour’ meaning to enter the heart)?
Are you prepared to be courageous enough to Awaken the Heart and Follow the Message of Love as is Divinely Intended to be gloriously expressed though you?
Are you willing enough to Companion Your Greatness? Are you willing to become the revelation of LOVE you are always created to KNOW?
This is the Journey of Prayer