Sunday, April 30, 2017

Don't let go until you are blessed

Many thanks to john pavlovitz and his ministry.  
This is my response to his post: The Faith Crisis Epidemic in America:

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I agree, there is a Faith Crisis Epidemic in America.
And as challenging, saddening, and confronting as this all is, 
I believe it is (in the big picture) good news.

The body of Christ is called forward.

These things just don't cut-it anymore - for more and more Christians:

- Just intellectually believing some things about God, 
- Just socially gathering with others who believe as we do, 
- Just praying for change, but basically wanting to stay the same 

- to not grow and deepen spiritually, 
- to not die and be reborn spiritually every day, 
- to not walk with Jesus  - who is here, now spiritually - in our real lives, step-by-step ...

These things just don't cut-it anymore - for more and more Christians.

Bless all the cultural Christians encouraging horrible thoughts and behaviors, and complicit in mundane atrocities... 
for helping so many see: 
just doing religion - even religion in the name of Christ - just doesn't cut it any more.

We are called to grow up in God.
And growing pains are normal.

And just like adolescence, just like early adulthood 
(just like most stages of life, and the transitions between them ; )
This stage of spiritual growth, this transition is for many tumultuous, confronting, painful, fear inducing, full of doubt, insecurity, un-sureity...

The good news is 
- nothing is wrong, 
- we are still children of God, always have been, always will be
- we are still dancing our lives with and within Spirit - there is nowhere else to go, there IS nowhere else.

It's just really hard, for most of us, to spiritually grow up.

The good news is 
- there is Abundant Life beyond the old structures, formulas, belief systems, identifications...

It's just really hard, for most of us, to spiritually grow up.

It helps, I believe, to have mature folks - folks a bit ahead on this spiritual path - around to say:
- It's ok, you're ok, just keep going.
- There is a method to the madness - you don't see it yet, that's ok.
- Do what you have to, to stay in the game. And 
- Keep choosing Light, Love, Truth,  Life, the Way that is uniquely yours. (Whatever of these words/realities that make any sense, choose that.)

God is still here, 
but God isn't who you thought God was.
Your Path is still here, 
it just isn't the Path you thought it was.

It's ok, God is bigger, your Path is better, than you ever thought  
-> you can live-into that.
Yes, for now it sucks... just keep going.

We cannot see the Glory that is before us, that is within us...
until we do.
And until the sun rises again, and the Light shines - we just have to press-on through the darkness.

So much BS can fall-away, old belief-systems and formulas, and structures and identity...
But meanwhile you have experienced God in amoung all the claptrap.
You have experienced the presence of God and the reality of God's unending love for you, along the way.  
Hold on to your direct experience of God - in the past, in the present and for the future...

-> Hold on to that without trying to understand it. 
-> Hold on to the hem of God's robe, to the experience of God's trailing Glory.
-> Just hold on, and follow, bumble-around, trust even though you may not know the way or understand the goal.

Yes, for now it sucks, just keep going.

You may have heard:
Our God is a consuming firewho burns up everything that is not God
(I have more to say about this central theme, on another blog
This can be excruciating.
(from the Latin: crux, cruc- ‘a cross’)
And yes, we must pick up our cross if we want to follow Jesus!
We just don't know ahead of time what the cross will look-like... surprise :)

This IS the ride you signed up for - deepening into God, maturing in God, bringing the Light into the world, following Jesus...
It might seem like you are getting the opposite, going in the opposite direction - but you are not, 
so I recommend that you ask God to help you relax and not fight it - it will go easier on you.

I encourage you to 
Walk out into the seeming void,
you will not fall forever, you will find the rock beneath...

The Rock beneath is your more direct expereince of the presence and love, the inviting/leading and sweet nurturing of the Living God.

No matter what you are experiencing, 
please keep going.

I encourage you to 
be willing to let go of everything, anything, 
except God alone - not theories, structures, formulas, belief systems... identities laid upon God - 
just God alone.
And don't let go until you are blessed.


Blessings on your unique journey,
Wendy

PS - My favorite Christian Teacher, the late Dr Bruce Morgan (who - by his life, his research and honest sharing - gave me encouragement to live-through so much darkness... into so much Light)
shared this many times, and I share: this quote from Jung - in the hopes it may encourage:

"Dear Frau Frobe,
...There can be no resolution, only patient endurance of the opposites which ultimately spring from your own nature. You yourself are a conflict that rages in itself and against itself, in order to melt its incompatible substances, male and female, in the fire of suffering, and thus create that fixed and unalterable form which is the goal of life. Everyone goes through this mill, consciously or unconsciously, voluntarily or forcibly. We are crucified between the opposites and delivered up to the torture until the 'reconciling third' takes shape. Do not doubt the rightness of the two sides within you, and let whatever may happen, happen. The apparently unendurable conflict is proof of the rightness of your life. A life without inner contradiction is either only half a life or else a life in the Beyond, which is destined only for the angels. But God loves human beings more than the angels.
With kindest regards,
C.G. Jung"

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Friday, December 30, 2016

{Guest Post} YOU ARE NOT DIRTY - YOU ARE PERFECT

Guest Post: Julian Roath



We are not separate from God.
We are saturated with God.
For years I believed the lie that my bad behaviour, my "sin", separated me from God.

THAT WAS A LIE

The only separation was in my choice to turn away from God in shame.
I could not understand how could God love a piece of crap like me!!!

Because I had done all the "bad" sins, I felt especially dirty and ashamed.
What I did not know was that there are no bad sins and bad sinners.
There are just damaged people who damage other people.
We are all broken and we are all in need of healing.

Instead of using the word "sin," I use the word damage.
I am fundamentally damaged and broken, but I am being progressively healed.
I damage others out of my own brokenness, but I am being liberated from my selfishness and being made anew in the image of Jesus, in the image of love.

Rather than seeing my life as a constant battle to "stop sinning," I see it from the perspective of God's heart.
God's will for me is to be healed of my brokenness, and in turn to bring that healing to others.
Isn't that such a better way to see ourselves and what God wants.

The end result is the same.
We become healed of the behaviours that cause us to hurt ourselves and each other.
When we loose our burden of shame, we become free to embrace the presence of God, at any time day or night.

It is in those times when we feel we are failing, that we most need God's love and power.
So in our brokenness we turn towards God rather than away God.

Our guilt and shame was nailed to the Cross.
There is no barrier between us and God.
There never was.

We ran from God in our minds.
But like the Prodigal Son, when we hurt enough we run home into the welcoming embrace of a Father who adores us. To whom our previous behaviour doesn't matter.

The prodigal father was never angry with his son.
The son's deeds where of no account.
All that mattered was the restoration of relationship.
It is for this that I believed Christ died.

All that God wants of us is to heal our brokenness,
and out of that healing to heal each other.


I reject the idea that God is constantly measuring my performance against some abstract, universal scale of perfection.
We are uniquely shaped and we are healing.
It is not about fault.
It is about being loved, and I believe we are perfectly loved.

So am I dirty? No.
Because God's love for me restores me to perfection.
Clean, free, whole and infinitely loved.

My task in this life is to learn to believe it, to experience it, to share it,
and to treat everyone else as having the infinite value that all of us have as dearly loved children of God.
God says,
I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.
- 2 Cor 6:16

 Guest Post: Julian Roath











     
(FYI I added spaces and bold to Julian's original - WRW :)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Playing our own Game

Lately, I am all about
we gotta "play our own game"
(even more than I was before ; )

It is far to easy to get hooked, to get stopped, to fall into inner isometrics and outer stopped...

I believe the answer is for each of us to
"play our own game"
and show what is that like, for ourselves and others.

If we are playing basketball,
  • we can't be stopped when the people not playing - the people in the seats - don't like us or what we are doing
  • we can't be stopped when the other team is trying to take our ball and go the other direction
  • we can't be stopped when our teammates aren't always nice to us, or they don't agree with our theories of this or that
  • we can't be stopped when we didn't get enough sleep or we have a 'test' tomorrow.

We cannot give any attention, any energy, to any of that - and still be all-in - in this game we are playing right now.

If I am Called to do X, to say Y, to be Z.
I don't care what else is happening - inside me, outside me -
I mean to do X, to say Y, to be Z.

This really takes something,
it is not falling off a log for me.

It takes
learning to focus my attention, my intention,
building muscle and endurance
to "play my own game"

I want that.
I want it enough to Go for It.
To take it.




And I want to share with you: It is possible for you to "Play your Own Game"
Life doesn't have to Happen to us, We can Happen to Life!
We can actually heal and learn and grow and blossom-into this way of being.

May it be so,
Wendy...
 
But, is this spiritual? Is this Christian?
Please read:
Owning our Free-will is KEY in our Spiritual Walk
...


I keep hearing Jesus, on the cross, almost dead, saying:
"Forgive them Father, they know not what they do"
What better example is there of
"Playing your Own Game"?

Jesus was hard-core & unstoppable in following his calling.
Let's follow his lead!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Being the Captain of our Lives? (Yes! Owning our Free-will is KEY in our Spiritual Walk)

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I believe owning our Free-will is KEY in our Spiritual Walk.
Spiritually taking Authority, having Dominion...
I call this Seniority - Being the Captain of our Lives

Some disagree that we should be in Charge of our own lives -
They say that God is to be in control of our lives, not us.

I hear the point,
but I think we are speaking different languages, using different paradigms
- so let’s dig deeper.  From my perspective:

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To-day, oh that ye would hear his voice! Harden not your heart - Psalm 95

I need my free-will to follow God.

God gave me free-will.
If i give it away (to my spouse, to my minister, to ‘public opinion’, to my thoughts or emotions)
then how can I choose to follow God? 

I cannot choose to follow God
if there is too much in the way of choosing.
I have no choice, I am not in charge!

On the other hand, if I am the Captain of my Ship (the life and will and power and talents, etc that God gave me)
then when the Admiral sends orders to sail to Iwo Jima - I can do it, and I can do it Now. 

If I am not the Captain of my Ship - maybe, maybe someday I can figure out how to Iwo Jima,
but I will have missed the blessing of fully engaging NOW in the process of God’s unfolding Glory.
God cannot count on me to show up, to do say, act… now.

When God says go Left, I want to go Left, period.
No messing around.

But if I have to worry about what the old pickle-faced lady from church will say,
or I have too much fear to trust God long-enough to lead me into the seeming-void…
Then I am constantly tripping on my own crap, I cannot follow God.

I believe, If we don’t have our free-will,
we cannot consciously, freely, easily, playfully follow God, in this reality/ here & now.

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For all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck,
is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God. - Romans 8

I need my free-will to become a spiritual adult.

Every healthy parent wants their children to Grow Up, to become themselves, to take the reins of their lives as much as they can.

God calls us to Teleios - to become whole and complete - to become who we are, to manifest into the world what is only-now hidden in God, to become the oak that waits in the acorn.

But, If we don’t have our free-will,
we cannot grow-up spiritually.

We cannot mature into who God made us to be and called us to do;
If we are not “allowed” to walk where God calls us to walk.

In addition, learning to walk looks like falling down.
If we are not “allowed” to fall-down, we are really stuck in spiritual infancy.

I believe if we don’t have our free-will,
we cannot grow-up spiritually, become ourselves and do what we are here to do.

->
your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you,
"This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left. - Isaiah 30


I need my free-will to see & hear the Living God, Today

If we don’t have our free-will,
our soul cannot learn to see the gentle leading of God,
we cannot learn to spiritually discern/distinguish between the Light and the Darkness.

It takes something to open to our soul senses and abilities.
For most of us, we have to choose it, and allow God to lead us deeper -
help us open to comfortably utilizing our soul senses and abilities.

Jesus said, his sheep know his voice,
but we cannot, will not if we willfully keep wool in our ears!
God is Spirit,
and it behooves those worshiping Him to worship in spirit and truth. - John 4
God is Spirit, and God as spirit resides within us.
We must learn to sense this subtle spiritual expereince.
This is a challenge, and everything in our world fights against it: "the world, the flesh, and the Devil"

We need to learn to ride the horse of our spiritual expereince,
without being thrown off,
without being carried away...

We must learn to choose:
  • to attend to our spiritual experience and identity, 
  • to trust our unique expereince of God,
  • to turn-up and down our spiritual experience comfortably, 
  • to discern: how to focus, who to/ who not-to listen-to, where to stand to receive spiritual information comfortably in our physical body... etc etc.
I have much expereince in this realm,
for myself, and equipping and inspiring many others.

I believe if we don’t have our free-will,
we cannot comfortably and usefully access our spiritual information and abilities.

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There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God...
Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest - Hebrews 4

Let's Conclude: Owning our Free will is KEY in our spiritual walk.
I could go on and on about how central our free-will is in our dance with God, but this is enough for now.

If we are ever to become spiritual Mothers and Fathers,
we must take-on the spiritual choice/ healing/ battle to regain this most precious gift of our free-will and then spiritually exercise it to gain strength, endurance, flexibility, balance…

As we grow-into our Spiritual Seniority,
we have the mettle to utilize the Keys to the Kingdom that Jesus offers us...

In that way, powerfully and effectively doing the reparative work we are here to do:
together with God, inviting our wholeness into this reality: for ourselves, each other, all of creation... in glorious connection with God...
transforming our world, as we are each transformed, in the Love/ Light/ Life/ Truth/ Way of God.

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Spiritually being Senior, taking Authority, having Dominion...
takes something - it doesn't just happen.
We must CHOOSE, DO IT:  TAKE back our free will and GROW into our Seniority.

We are not called to just sit and wait for the heaven-train.
This is a Travesty in modern Christianity, IMO/E.

We are called to become spiritual adults and spiritually co-create our world with God.
Being the Captain of our Lives.
Owning our Free-will is KEY in our Spiritual Walk!

Are you willing?
If so, Truly ask God and Receive, Seek and Find, Knock and it is Opened to you.

There are many paths God can lead you on this exciting journey of:
  • continually getting your free-will back
  • taking-on your Spiritual Authority - Seniority - Dominion
  • growing-into your Spiritual Maturity
  • opening-to blessings and direction from the Living God, in present time, with your ears to hear and eyes to see where God leads.
  • receiving your Keys to the Kingdom and shifting this world...

If you need some assistance, be in touch, this is my ministry.

Blessings on your Unique Path!
Wendy

the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing,
and forceful people have been seizing it. - Matthew 11







Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Way Jesus Loved - and we can too!

I've been having a bit of a challenging morning.

We enjoyed a sweet Women's Circle last night,
and sometimes after leading programs where shifts happen and new possibilities open for myself and for others...
Spiritually, I experience push-back from within myself and from external forces that don't agree-with the Light. 
This can feel shitty
- like fear, like pain, like invalidation, like I SUCK... 

Until I regain my sea legs, and take the helm again ; )
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Fortunately, something Jesus showed me a couple years ago, just came to mind.
And of course it is helping open to the Light.

Jesus showed me a way in which he lived,
and in which it serves us humans to live:
IN Love!

IN/ With/ As/ Filled-up with God's Love,
overflowing with the spiritual experience of Oneness,
experiencing our Wholeness and Completeness directly from our Source!

Jesus showed me:
when I come to my relationships full - overflowing with Love,
I am free to just love - period.

I am free to fall into; to more & more easily, naturally love God, love myself, love my body, love my life, love the humans & all my relations, love my path, love Momma Earth, love all of Life, love ALL... just as we are and just as we're not.

In this consciousness, I am free. 
I am free to align and follow the Light where it leads.

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When I come to Life empty, needing, focused on my brokenness, etc.
I cannot really love - I'm in a much too self-centered, precarious, vulnerable expereince, to call it love.
I am not aligned with/IN the Light, I am off-track, I am screwed.



I am, of course, always falling off this horse (of BEing IN the Soul expereince of Love)
and eventually, gratefully falling back on the horse... repeat.

Being IN the spiritual experience of Love,
gets me out of the way - Life is Not About ME.
From there, I remember: I am FREE to be, to do.
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This is crazy empowering, and life-changing, IMO/E, so I will say it again:

When I am IN Love,
I get out of the Way.
I Realize my Freedom to Be, to Do.

Regardless if *I* am tempted to like or hate me.
Regardless if *they* agree or judge me.
Regardless if I seem successful or not - etc.
I am free to Love, to Validate, to Heal, to be IN Light, to follow the Way God leads.

When I let the River of Life, Love, Truth, God... flow through me - I am well, and all manner of things are well.
I easily share this cascade of Love with all I meet, I can't really help it.
I really appreciate when I am in that place, IN Love.

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Now let me go find that horse - it ran off somewhere ;)

Blessings on your Unique Path,
Wendy

Friday, January 1, 2016

YOU are God's Own Special NUT!

Do you sometimes feel like a Round Peg in a Square Hole?
(secret: so do we all!)

Some encouragement as we start this NEW Year:
You are God's Own Special NUT!
We have our own Spiritual DNA.
We are perfectly designed to be US.
I am inimitably Me and you are inimitably You.

No one else can be who you are.
No one else can do what you do.
NO ONE!
so Let's SHINE!

If you do not be you and do your unique path,
your voice in the chorus is missing.
so Let's SING!

No one else can mature into the beautiful flower you are,
so Let's BLOOM!

No one else can share the fruit, the gifts, that you can,
where and how you can,
so Let's Come to FRUITION!

Magic happens
when we let go and BE our True selves,
when we Truly DO our own thing...
when we Let go and let God.

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You are not and never will be Bad or Wrong to miss this opportunity,
but you will miss your mark,
and the tremendous blessing it is for you to play your unique part;
and All your Relations will miss your inimitable self, as well as your unique contribution.

Let's not get sidetracked
  • by playing small
  • by replaying old songs that we don't even enjoy
  • by trying to be someone else
  • by doing it like someone told us to...

Please come PLAY, as YOU.
I will do my best to Play as Me.
See you on the field!





Thursday, November 26, 2015

Learning to feed ourselves, and - from there - others


 
When I am stuck, when I feel broken, when my soul is hungry...
It is useful when the question, the request, my ASK...
is bigger than: please I need a fish, and I really need it now!

From this desperate place, I have great motivation and powerful potential to play A BIGGER GAME:
  • please teach me to fish
  • which is the seed of: facilitating fish for Us...

The powerful Lever, my Goal has become:
  • What is there to Learn, to Heal, to Grow-into?
  • Where can I be Willing to change, that I have been resisting?
  • How can I say YES! to my Source, Light, Life, Truth, Path - in a whole new way?

Allowing transformation,
being willing to go from in need,
to opening to my needs being met,
and then as I mature, I naturally facilitate Our needs being met.

Exactly where I am stuck, feel broken, my soul is hungry.
THERE is my chance to invite blessing, and naturally to bless others.
Where I trip, is my treasure - and eventually - a treasure for our world.

Blessings on your unique path,
Wendy