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New Year's Eve: Soul Card for 2014

In the previous posting I referred to my practice of making a Soul Card on the last day for the year - one that expresses my intention for the year to come. (I have been known to make more than one, but this year it came to me right away). My 2014 symbol for the intentions expressed in the previous postings is the photo accompanying this posting. (image by Michael Green)

Someone asked me what I meant by "praying" and and the closest I can come is to say that the praying I mean is not words, nor even intentions, nor specific acts; rather it is a deliberate inner turning towards towards aligning with the Source of All beyond mind or emotions. This happens in the moment, spontaneously, unplanned and unscheduled. It is the most powerful and transformative practice I have known, though I know it to be the result of years of formal practice in meditation and Centering Prayer as well. It has, I believe, spilled over from them.

As I slowly turn towards a more contemplative way of being in the world, I notice how many others are speaking this truth also. My most unexpected encounter with it this week was watching the Queen's Christmas Message, something I don't normally seek out but I just happened to be there. I had to watch it a second time because she so emphasized four words: reflection, contemplation, prayer and faith.

I feel a swell of Divine Presence emerging in the whole world, expressing itself - not in the expected places - but in the unexpected ones. This is the true evolution, and we are seeing it. To not get fixed on the chaos and disintegration of old structures and ways of doing things, but to let go and turn towards this emerging Divine Presence - first within outselves - will open our outer eyes to see it also in the whole emerging world.

Integrity is the ability to listen to a place inside oneself that doesn't change, even though the life that carries it may change. (Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man)

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Mary Beth | Reply 08.01.2014 23.12

your Soul card speaks to the need for all of us to slow pace, listen beyond sounds,and the Holy One lingers in the very common places!...like peru....

Margot | Reply 03.01.2014 08.57

I think I pray to what I call the great spirit. It stems from all the native teaching I have read and taken part in. I don't plan it either, but need solitude.

Gabe | Reply 31.12.2013 16.34

Thank you, Brenda... May it be so for us all in the New Year!
With love, Gabe

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Now into a second reading of INK and HONEY, I am finding it much richer and it's pulling me ever deeper into contemplation of my daily life.

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28.11 | 07:35

Perusing your musings about these books are a great help for me so I can choose my next book.. one that resonates at this time in my life. Thanks Brenda.

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Welcomed reading recommendations !

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and you have gifted me with cards that were like visits!!

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