Video of Saturday service at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living 6/10/17:
“Live your questions now, and perhaps without even knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answer.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
Usually we ask questions because we want an answer. The question is just a tool, like a crow bar we’re using to pry open the mystery of life, to find some definitive inside.
And of course there’s a place for answers — they can be very very useful. But there’s also great power in questions for questions’ sake. Just asking — not because it’s the best way for us to achieve surety, but because of what might be possible in the wide open space of inquiry. Just asking and staying in the ask because of who we get to be and how the world exists when it’s all maybe.
I can’t wait to see you Saturday at 6:00 pm for our service of song & celebration at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for wine, community, and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
I recently learned the term thirsty to describe someone being pushy, annoyingly eager — especially a person who will not take “no” when he’s trying to sell you something or when she’s trying to win you over to an idea.
It’s got me thinking about how sometimes our enthusiasm, passion, drive, and even need can light up a space and fill it with energy, inspiring ourselves and others to greatness. But at other times, this thirst can suck the juice right out of everything and everyone around us. What’s the difference?
We’re all thirsty. Our hearts all long for a deeper and deeper drink of Life. But we can feel perpetually parched if we try to quench our thirst with anything less than the Love of the Infinite.
I can’t wait to see you at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) for our weekly service of song and celebration this Saturday at 6:00, with the splendiferous Patty Stephens & Sid Fendley. Join us at 5:30 for wine & cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
Joseph Campbell’s famous words are often offered as advice to those in search of purpose and fulfillment in life: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” People tend to read this as a promise that if one just does what she or he loves, then everything will fall into place. This is probably a great practice for setting priorities and goals — but I think it’s a mistake to equate goals with purpose.
Goals are beacons we project into the future, carrots on a stick forever inviting us onward and upward. Purpose, on the other hand, must exist in the present if it is to exist at all. Likewise, bliss.
Following our bliss isn’t about chasing after something that we might experience if we can discover it, get it right, and capture it. No, my loves! Our bliss, our purpose, our fulfillment, indeed the very meaning of our lives is forever within us, here and now. It’s a matter of our engagement with and our commitment to anything and everything we are doing and being. Instead of pursuing purpose in the prospect of being blissed-out, we would do better to practice blissing-in.
I can't wait to see you this Saturday at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Service at 6:00 pm with the superlative Sid Fendley. Wine & cheese at 5:30. XO, Rev. Drew
“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize that I should have been more specific.” ~ Lily Tomlin
One way of experiencing the journey of our lives is as a series of narrowing choices. We get more specific, more “actualized.” As we define ourselves, it can seem as if other ways of being become less likely, maybe even impossible. We trade a wide field of possibility for a specialized focus.
And of course this is an aspect of individuation and self-understanding — clarifying the unique miracle that each of us truly is. But I believe that the bigger truth includes not just this narrowing, becoming this, but also expanding — becoming All.
It’s more like: as we become more explicitly specifically ourselves, the more completely we can embody the generalized expansiveness of Infinite Possibility. As we define & define our authentic being, spiritual truth beckons us to include within our identity more and more of Everything!
The more me I become, the more us we get to be, and we all start discovering how freakin’ gigantic and divine we are both individually and together.
“I’m not lost, no no, just undiscovered.” — Jim Morrison
It’s a familiar frustration for most of us to feel like we’ve gotten off-track, off-purpose, out-of-alignment with where we ought to be or what we’re supposed to be doing. It might even seem sometimes like we’ve completely lost our way.
But I’m wondering what might be available if we considered that we could never truly be lost. Maybe we can never really be off-track or off-purpose. Because, always, here is all that we are. Perhaps all we ever need to do is discover the fullness of our being right here, find ourselves in this world with these circumstances, in this life exactly as it is. Here and everywhere.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday for our service of song & celebration at 6:00 pm, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). With Patty Stephens and Sid Fendley. Join us at 5:30 for refreshments, community, and cheer! XO, Rev. Drew
It’s pretty easy to see how things can be lost in translation — meaning, intention, and music often get misplaced when we try to translate from one language to another. Yet something like translating is a process in which we're constantly engaged as we try to understand each other — we render others’ expression into the “language” of our own experience, our own life, our own feelings & ideas.
If we are mindful of the fact that we’re doing this, interpreting each other and everything all the time, perhaps we needn't lose the original spirit of what's being shared with us. And if we practice owning our responsibility in this process, it seems likely that we might actually find something new in translation. Maybe we’ll find an awareness of our own assumptions, projections, and biases. Maybe we’ll find connections that transcend language, or an empathy that doesn’t require understanding. Maybe what is found in translation is Love.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday for our celebration service at 6:00, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for wine, community, and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
Here’s a common conversation: “How are you? I’m okay. How about you? I’m okay too.” We say this or something like it a dozen times most days.
It struck me recently that when I say “I’m okay” I’m often expressing a rather lackluster feeling. Just okay, fine, adequate, whatever… Like, it’s not bad to be okay, but it’s hardly spectacular. And if things were different I’d probably choose something other than merely okay.
But I suspect I’m missing out on something powerful when I do “okay” this way. I believe that there can be something rich and strong in straightforward “okay-ness.” Being okay is the very essence of integrity and wholeness. Being okay can reflect a deep awareness of our own rightness with the world. And this is a well-grounded place from which to move into everything else we wish to create and experience — everything including the spectacular, the transformational, the transcendent and inspiring.
I can't wait to see you — to be okay together — this Saturday at 6:00 pm, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) with my spectacular friends Patty & Sid. Join us at 5:30 for wine, community, and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew