“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