Love stretches us. The more we allow ourselves to feel it, receive it, express it, and share it, the greater our capacity for more of it. I'm not just being romantic — I think this is really the way it works.
I was pondering such deep thoughts recently when I heard someone describe their heart as “full of love.”
I’ve certainly used this phrase before, and I totally understand feeling so full of a feeling I could burst. But the phrase “full of love” landed for me as something of a misnomer. Because Love forever expands us, it doesn’t seem possible to ever get one’s fill of it — there’s always room for more. Right?
The question isn’t how to get full, but rather where do we let our never-fullness lead us? It’s not about sating desire once and for all, but rather allowing our yearning to lead us full-throttle, full-out, full-fledged, full-speed into glorious uncharted territories — BEING and BRINGING more than we ever thought possible.
I can’t wait to see you at our service of Song & Celebration this Saturday at 6:00 pm, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for wine, community, & cheer. XO, Drew
I know that a lot of us feel like we’re running on fumes lately. And we’ve had to dig deep to tap a source of continuing strength and faith. We’ve got to plug in to a sustainable vitality to keep on keeping on.
The phrase “consider the source” keeps occurring to me this week. Usually, this idea is offered as a wry justification to dismiss or disregard information that has come our way — as in: consider the source before you pay any heed to that crazy hater’s Facebook comments. On one hand, this is sound advice. On the other hand, can there ever really be any source other than the One Source?
If we practice remembering that everything is an expression of the Divine, perhaps it is possible to relate to it ALL as a potential source of energy, love, and nourishment. Maybe sustainable energy is not just about digging deep wells, but also about tilling broad fields.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 pm. Join us at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) for wine, community, and cheer at 5:30. XO, Rev. Drew
There’s a teaching from Kabbalah that describes Creation as the shattering of Cosmic Unity into its trillion-trillion diverse pieces.
As conscious beings in this fractured world, one of our roles is to gather up these shards of Light, rediscovering and reclaiming the Divinity of It All. That’s the part that feels really warm & nice.
AND… I’m deeply aware this week that sometimes part of our work is to continue the breaking apart — splintering & scattering life into its evolving differentiation. This part can be painful.
The creative process must include both shattering and wholeness. This is the birth of God into the world, the actualization of our own selves, and a recognition that these are one and the same thing.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) for our celebration service at 6:00. Join us at 5:30 for community and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
These lines from a St. Thomas Aquinas poem keep singing through my mind and soul:
Our hearts irrigate this earth;
We are fields before each other.
The imagery is so exquisite, isn’t it? How sweetly vulnerable it is to be open and available to one another, our tenderest feelings enriching and nourishing the earth, our shared life — not just the place in which we stand ourselves, but the space we hold for each other.
I propose a “field day” — or maybe a field month, or a field forever. Let’s free ourselves to be together in deeper, more powerful, and beautifully creative ways.
This Saturday, December 3, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Service at 6:00 pm, community & cheer at 5:30. See you there! XO, Drew
Two weeks ago, I thought I knew where we were headed — that we were about to take a decisive progressive step toward greater inclusivity and equality, care and compassion, personal accountability and shared responsibility.
Then last week, I thought I knew where we were headed — toward something that looked and felt like the end of the world.
This week, I’m trying to think about direction in a less linear way. In our multidimensional lives, direction is more of an arc or sphere — expanding and radiating every which way. Or perhaps more accurately like infinite spheres — our own and each other’s — intersecting and overlapping, interrupting and reinforcing…
I’m trying to remember that no matter what it seems like and feels like, we’re always at choice, empowered to move in every direction all the time. And whichever way we go we send out ripples. Ripples that matter. Ripples of creation. Onward, inward, upward, outward.
It feels like we’re headed every which way. My question is: How conscious and creative can I be in it?
I can’t wait to see you Saturday at 6:00, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). With my talented friends, Patty Stephens & Sid Fendley. Join us for community & cheer at 5:30. XO, Rev. Drew
I said to God, "Let me love you."
And He replied, "Which part?"
"All of you, all of you," I said.
"Dear," God spoke, "you are as a mouse wanting to impregnate
a tiger who is not even in heat. It is a feat way
beyond your courage and strength.
You would run from me
if I removed my
I said to God again,
"Beloved I need to love you - every aspect, every pore."
And this time God said,
"There is a hideous blemish on my body,
though it is such an infinitesimal part of my Being -
could you kiss that if it were revealed?"
"I will try, Lord, I will try."
And then God said,
"That blemish is all the hatred and
cruelty in this
“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” — William Plomer
We’re all amazingly creative. We design patterns and meanings and stories out of the trillion-trillion pieces of sensory stimulation with which we’re bombarded every day. We choose what’s important, applying passion and attention and energy to that which we value. We add our individual flavors and interpretations, conscious and unconscious. We thematically relate it all to our own history & experience & identity.
And sometimes we’re really awkward about it, trying to connect in totally messed-up ways — complaining, criticizing, self-deprecating, self-aggrandizing, people-pleasing, or being just plain mean — all in the name of connectedness (and/or our fear that we can’t have it and be it) .
In every case, for good and for ill, these are freakin’ masterpieces that we’re painting/writing/sculpting with our minds and hearts every day.
Each of us is a virtuoso, a maestro, a genius. Whether we’re drawing us together or painting ourselves into a corner — either way, we are working out the expression of our souls’ deepest yearning to connect to our truest selves, to each other, and to the world. And the more mindful we become, the more we can connect intentionally, responsibly, compassionately, and with appropriate boundaries.
I can’t wait to see you Saturday at 6:00 at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). My brilliant friends Patty & Sid will be there. Join us at 5:30 for community and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
“I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.” — Simone de Beauvoir
The very nature of infinity is that it is beyond conception. Any attempt to define, conceive, or qualify the infinite can’t help but curb our experience of it. And of course, this is what we must do. We make choices and set intentions, circumscribing the infinite for all practical purposes as we make our way through life making sense of everything.
It’s important to remember, however, that even as we choose these limitations — creating actualities out of possibilities and particulars out of infinities — we are not really binding or confining the Infinite, but merely our experience of it. Infinity still exists everywhere always.
I’m wondering what might be possible if we recognized that all of it — this, that, you, me, money, time, life — is something more like Infinity Concentrate. Not a limitation but a concentration. Maybe we’d make bigger, greater, more beautiful choices.
Can’t wait to see you Saturday at 6:00 pm, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Please join us for community & cheer at 5:30. XO, Rev. Drew
REO Speedwagon’s 1984 power ballad has been in my head — it’s been like my 8th grade homecoming dance in there all week. “I can’t fight this feeling anymore. I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for…”
The song has begun to occur for me like an anthem about the eternal generosity of Spirit, which is our truest & most natural state: a perpetually pouring overflow of plenty, an effortless sharing of ourselves with each other and the world.
Natural though it is, most of us have spent much of our lives trying to fight this feeling. And whatever our reasons, whatever constraining ideas of ourselves or the world made us think we needed to fight our most expansive feelings of spiritual giving-ness, these reasons no longer serve us.
Can’t fight it. Don’t need to fight it. Better off not fighting it. I can’t wait to see you Saturday at 6:00, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for cheer, and community. XO, Rev. Drew
“I’m broke” is an ugly phrase. Not only is it ugly, it’s totally inaccurate. I don’t buy it — not about you, not about me, not about anyone or anything in the world. I don’t buy for a second any suggestion of irreparable ruination, or depletion to the point of nothingness. Because what I know is that we are infinitely sourced, perpetually renewed, and automatically regenerative.
No matter what you’ve been through and how shattered you’ve felt — you’re not broke.
No matter what you’ve experienced or witnessed or are currently facing in terms of the world’s challenges — you’re not broke. And neither is the world.
When the Wholeness that we are meets the Wholeness that the world is — that’s when magic starts to happen. That’s when we’re cooking with juice. So let’s get in touch with that Wholeness and Fullness and Richness that we already are. We’ve got nothing to fix, and plenty to share.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) -- service at 6:00 pm, wine & cheer at 5:30 pm. With my beautiful friends, Patty & Sid. XO, Rev. Drew