LOTUS OF THE HEART
An Interspiritual-Interfaith Work
of The Lotus Fellowship and
Arem, a vowed, eremitic Contemplative, offers an interspiritual work focusing on cultivating the Heart of Compassion. He integrates wisdom from the major spiritual Paths. To contact Arem, see the email address at the conclusion of this presentation. May you always know you are blessed!
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*Red Stripy Rose..., Plexq, Flickr
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I was on a full-silent retreat in Jacksonville, FL, at a Catholic retreat called Marywood, next to the Peace River. On my eighth and final day of Silence, I again walked the path through the wood. All week there had been no extraordinary spiritual experience. I had accepted that was okay, though I had yearned for one. Suddenly, looking upward into the sky, through an opening in the thick grove of trees, the atmosphere changed. The air seemed to be lighter, and spaciousness seemed everywhere. This was somewhat like the sense of burden lost at age nine, now the weight of time and space being lifted. I heard, again, that Voice that is not a voice. Now, I understand my personal mind translated the Message to fit my understanding, and the Word was as much felt deeply as anything else, like a Feeling-Word. The clear understanding arose: “I love you unconditionally, I have never for one moment judged you.” I stood basking in the Feeling and Message. After a short time, it seemed that time and space more completely garbed consciousness again. Now, I realize that Voice was – and is - the Voice of Grace, but none other, also, than the Arising of my own True Nature. This tension of God and Self, I accept fully, with both voices being One Voice.
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The Sacred in Me bows to the Sacred in You
*Photo, Angelito De Luz
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Arem's book of mystical love poetry, Brian K. Wilcox. An Ache for Union, can be ordered through major booksellers.