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Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Beloved Friends,

It is the beginning of December, and what a month it has been. Starting up with a new community group at the Monastery has been a beautiful, deep, and healing venture.

Initially I thought the ‘orientation period’ would be two weeks, but as the second week came and went, we realized it was an ongoing Orientation for the mind... on a very deep level.

After 21 days, there was a significant realization that for everyone, a life-pattern had been brought to the light, through Guidance, prayer and allowance. Deep healing themes such as 'right and wrong', 'pressure to be more advanced', and 'the doer', which have been in consciousness throughout lifetimes arise here to be truly healed. Rather than avoid or project the cause, we come together to explore what is arising for healing, and we invite the light to wash through the ways in which it shows up. And then, each new day is a full welcome to whatever is to arise for healing. To be alongside mighty companions who tune in and support pausing, forgiveness, and prayer is a real experience of 'when I am healed, I am not healed alone'. We are so blessed to have this context for awakening. Truly, our brother is a our saviour - giving opportunities to be the Presence of Spirit for one another, and to share in the healing of our awakening mind, our One Heart.

It has been an invitation into deepening in purpose and devotion, and learning how prayer and communication are essential for experiencing the Spirit's Flow. Everyone's part is essential - each communication supports the rest - and this in itself is an area of healing - as communication is often what leads us beyond feeling separate from one another into the experience of communion (oneness).

Stewardship is truly for the Mind - it involves 'taking care' of what is Given us, externally, as our "function", but truly, it is all for learning of Divine Care - as we give all to all, we learn of God's nature. Forgiveness through Service is the healer. The personal self is simply laid aside in true Service. It lifts us above all personal concerns, goals and aspirations, and brings us into the Spirit’s unified purpose. Through unified Purpose we experience that which is joined, and has always been. And there is joy!

The ever-present invitation to have a clear mind, and to be connected with Spirit, is what brings into awareness that which would otherwise not be seen... hence the experience of it feeling so 'full' while at the same time... spacious... At one point one community member described her experience, “If my previous devotional stay was spiritual bootcamp, then this is officer’s training.” Another community member described it as being like moving at the speed of light… even though he felt unhurried and under no pressure to ‘actually do’ anything.

We went deeply into "I Need Do Nothing" (T-18.7) and "I Am As God Created Me" (WB-94) together in a session recently. These teachings are the consistent guidance that gives not only full permission to let the ego / the world go in every moment, but tells us the absolute necessity of this! It brings us back to the present moment, and holds us in awareness of the Truth of our purpose and our Being. Our function and our happiness are One. Truly, There is no reason to do anything if it is not Given us by God. And the more this is lived, the more clear it becomes that this is all we can do. It is our will - the Will we share with God. His Will is our provision, our Happiness, and our true resting place.

Save time for me by only this one preparation, and practice doing nothing else. "I need do nothing" is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation.

To do anything involves the body. And if you recognize you need do nothing, you have withdrawn the body's value from your mind. Here is the quick and open door through which you slip past centuries of effort, and escape from time. This is the way in which sin loses all attraction right now. For here is time denied, and past and future gone. Who needs do nothing has no need for time.” (T-18.VII)

Today we continue with the one idea which brings complete salvation; the one statement which makes all forms of temptation powerless; the one thought which renders the ego silent and entirely undone. You are as God created you. The sounds of this world are still, the sights of this world disappear, and all the thoughts that this world ever held are wiped away forever by this one idea. Here is salvation accomplished. Here is sanity restored.

True light is strength, and strength is sinlessness. If you remain as God created you, you must be strong and light must be in you." (W-pI.94)

We are so blessed.

There are openings for those Called to come and be part of this small community, abiding at the Monastery during this winter / spring time. More information is here:

With Love and Gratitude, Kirsten ❤️

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Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Beloveds, You too may enjoy this writing about the beginning movement away from 'the Empire' towards God, and towards simplicity as a state of mind. This fits beautifully with the purpose of mystical community. Abundant simplicity is the spiritual reward of forgiveness. With love, Kirsten ❤️

When Christianity became the established religion of the Roman Empire, something remarkable and strange took place. A whole set of people began to flock to the margins of the Empire to pursue God. They went to the deserts of Palestine, Cappadocia, Syria, and Egypt. This is the emergence of the ones we now call in a collective way the Desert Fathers and Mothers. These individuals in the desert sought to reflect more deeply on the Mystery of God and God’s will through work, prayer, and study of the Scriptures.

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) describes their movement this way:

Society—which meant pagan society, limited by the horizons and prospects of life “in this world”—was regarded by them as a shipwreck from which each single individual had to swim for their life. . . . These were people who believed that to let oneself drift along, passively accepting the tenets and values of what they knew as society, was purely and simply a disaster. The fact that the Emperor was now Christian and that the “world” was coming to know the Cross as a sign of temporal power only strengthened them in their resolve. [1]

Benedictine Sister Laura Swan has written about the spirituality of the Desert Mothers, and describes the quest for wholeness and salvation for which these seekers thirsted and could find only outside the mainstream society:

Desert spirituality is characterized by the pursuit of abundant simplicity—simplicity grounded in the possession of little—and the abundance of God’s presence. Yearning for complete union with God, desert ascetics sought to remove all obstacles to the deepening of this relationship. Obstacles included unhelpful attitudes and motives, thoughts that stalled their pursuit of God, and emotional ties that complicated their inner journeys.

The desert ascetics’ relationships were nonpossessive: They cared for others while leaving them free. Concern for reputation was discarded. Feelings were acknowledged and listened to for their wisdom but were subjected to the discipline of the heart’s goal to seek God. The desert ascetics sought to mortify disordered passions that distracted them from their deepening relationship with God and actively to cultivate a burning love for God.

Although the journey began with giving away possessions, desert ascetics understood that what possessed them was greater than the sum of goods owned. All that owned them, all that possessed their minds and hearts, their attachments and compulsions, must be healed and reconciled. Desert ascetics called this process of moving toward inner freedom detachment. Detachment allows for greater direct experience of the Divine Presence as the seeker is attached to fewer distractions.

Desert ascetics understood that the cultivation of inner freedom was vital to the deepening of their experience of God. As they deepened their interior freedom, all aspects of their false self were removed and a clearer understanding of their truest self emerged. It is this true self that dwells deeply with God. In the abundant simplicity of our true self, we experience deepest joy. Source: Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation

From the Center for Action and Contemplation #ForgivenessOfIllusions

#DetachmentFromUnhelpfulAttitudes #DetachmentFromUnhelpfulMotives

#DetachmentFromEmotionalTies #PrayerfulLife #DeepestJoy

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