Most of us spend a lot of time looking for what’s missing. We look for holes, for the absence of something. A hole may show up as brokenness, a need for healing. Sometimes it appears as a call for attention or action, something that needs to be transformed.
I think we’re on the lookout for these holes because we tend to perceive them as opportunities. We hope that WE are what’s missing, that what WE have to offer might fill the hole…
The problem is, looking for what’s missing & wrong & out of order & unworkable becomes a habit. We can seek and find incompleteness everywhere. And maybe this search yields up short-term fixes for our craving to be needed. But it won’t ever satisfy our soul’s deeper yearning — which is to experience the Whole rather than the hole, to experience ourselves and the world and everything in it as Whole, Complete, and Perfect.
There’s a spiritual practice for us in this: to be called not just by lack but by Fullness, to be called not just by dysfunction but by Excellence, to let our next right step be not about what’s missing but what’s already Present & Powerful & Magnificent in us and in All of Life.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday at 6:00, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Please join us for wine & cheer at 5:30. XO, Rev. Drew
I haven’t been a big fan of our state’s “New Mexico True” advertising campaign, mostly because I don’t understand what it’s trying to say. Through a conversation with friends the other night, however, it occurred to all of us that it could refer to the obvious — that there is indeed something especially authentic and true about New Mexico. There’s something especially authentic and true about life here, about people here. New Mexico tends to eschew pretense, embrace the outlandish, and proudly display its raw edge. To me, this feels like freedom.
What I’m thinking about this week is the fact that this authenticity, this truth, this freedom is an amazing place from which to start. From here, we are poised to launch into any creative vision we dare to embody. AND for such authenticity to be powerful, it needs to keep moving forward. We can’t stop with cozy self-acceptance, with “that’s just who I am.” We need to celebrate both who we are and who we wish to be, who we can be, who we are becoming.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Service at 6:00, community & cheer at 5:30. XO, Rev. Drew