You are not what has happened to you

wood blocks that spell the word LOVE

“You are not what has happened to you. Only Love has the final word in who you are.” ~James Finley

Never let yourself buy into the illusion that are you just a collection of the things that have happened to you. Those things may shape us, but they are never who we are. Only Love—the Love that loves us totally, completely, unconditionally, and without end—knows who we truly are (and loves us anyway).

The greatest enemy of the spiritual life

Red rose

“Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the ‘Beloved.'” ~Henri Nouwen

Self-rejection in the form of self-hatred, abusive self-criticism, and denial of parts of who we are run rampant in our culture. Ironically, this tendency can be even more pronounced in religious circles.

And yet, all of this self-rejection gets in the way of a healthy and flourishing spiritual life because it denies the foundation of our identity in the eyes of the Divine who calls us “Beloved.”

We cannot accept the reality of this belovedness when we are rejecting and hating the self that is beloved.

It is only in accepting all that we are—the parts we like as well as those that we are less fond of—that we are able to open fully to the One who calls us “Beloved.” Only then will our spiritual life be out of contradiction who it can thrive.


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The need for playfulness

Girl and tree

“Only when we are at our most playful can Divinity finally get serious with us.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

As adults, we tend to take life (and ourselves) so very seriously, which closes us down and shuts us off from our soul’s deepest experiences of the Divine.

Playfulness reintroduces us to wonder and imagination and delight that tear down those walls and open us up to the touch of the Divine in the fullest possible way.

The Divine is so much bigger than we can even begin to imagine when locked in our serious selves, and playfulness makes room for all of that More.

Make time regularly for play in your life to give the Divine space to enter in through wonder and joy.


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When you knock

Door

“When you knock, ask to see God … not any of the self-appointed intermediaries.” ~Thoreau

When your soul longs for the Divine, don’t allow yourself to settle merely for the dogma, traditions, or outward forms of any religion or philosophy. All religion is just a finger pointing toward that which is bigger than we can express or contain. It is important to seek and ask only for the Divine, if that’s what your soul longs for, or you will ever be disappointed.

Likewise, whatever your soul most longs for, be intentional and clear about knocking and asking for that deeper longing, and do not settle for the surface form or culturally acceptable substitute (whatever that may be). And be sure you know the difference. We too often settle for less than we long for before we even ask.

When you knock, ask for what your soul truly longs for. Don’t settle for less in your asking or in what you will accept.


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