As many of us know (whether we’d wish to or not!), holy disorder and not knowing are familiars on the mystica and shamanica Way (by whatever name we might call it).
Even if we’ve been meandering the path for some time, we still have our “WTF?” moments, wondering if it’s just us (I know that I sure do!).
This is another reason why our Allies on the Path are so clutch – we get to remind each other when we need reminders (and share reminders when we get the chance). So I’m always happy to give Big Love to other lantern-holders and candle-lighters in the Way Tribe.
Case in point: Here’s a juicy musing from the latest e-newsletter from Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts.
Just in case today’s one of those days we might be scratching (or holding) our heads in a state of holy ‘Huh?’, Christine’s musing may give us a wee bit of relief in knowing that disorder and not knowing may well be part and parcel of the Way!
From her e-newsletter on Holy Disorder and Dancing Monks:
“Abba Antony said to Abba Joseph, “How would you explain this saying?” and he replied, “I do not know.” Then Abba Anthony said, “Indeed, Abba Joseph has found the way, for he has said: ‘I do not know.'” ~ Antony the Great
“This world, this reality, revealed by God speaking to us, is not the kind of world to which we are accustomed. It is not a neat and tidy world in which we are in control- there is mystery everywhere that takes considerable getting used to, and until we do, it scares us.” ~ Eugene Peterson, pastor, scholar, author and poet.
“The heart of the contemplative life is never about escaping the world, but plunging ourselves fully into the heart of messiness and mystery.”
“As we deepen on the contemplative journey, our aim is to release our attempts at controlling our lives and surrendering into a far greater Mystery than our egos can contain. There are no step-by-step plans, only daily practice and immersion in the messiness of life as it comes.”
Read Christine’s full “Holy Disorder and Dancing Monks” musing at Abbey of the Arts.
And if you’re wandering in holy disorder and not knowing, and need some help illuminating and navigating the way, send me an email, schedule an energy/intuitive insight session, or meander through the other Muse Foods here in the Sophia’s Children blog and at Ivy Sea.
Big Love and a big splash from the pool of holy disorder,
Image Credit: Holy Fool by Dain Gore featured at EyeLounge; and Abba Joseph from OCA Lives of the Saints.
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