Centering Prayer is a relationship with the God of our understanding. Everything we do in it — carve out time and space, sit quietly with eyes closed, allow our thoughts to drift by, recall our sacred word — is in service of this relationship. I believe my discovery of this practice, and my willingness to return to it, are a pure gift of my Higher Power.
Everything in the Twelve Steps is in service of this relationship too. The Steps enable us to develop a personal relationship with our Creator by helping us remove the obstacles that are blocking us from it, which, as it turns out, are also the things that block us from true partnership with others.
The 8th and 9th Steps require us to move toward the people we have hurt - to consciously move toward the pain we have caused, rather than continue avoiding it. In so doing, we get to face who we are with honesty and humility, and as we learn to forgive, we start to learn what it means to be forgiven.
Join me on March 11, when I’ll share what I’ve learned about this vital process.
The inner work of my Creator, which I invite through my practice of Centering Prayer, can be quite disruptive. I have found myself bombarded with unsettling emotions and rapid-fire thoughts that are not always of a pleasant nature. It has been reassuring to learn from people who’ve been on the path for a long time that this is what can be expected, accepted, and even welcomed.
On March 11, I will share some of what I have experienced of this process of "emotional dumping.”