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Prayerfull, Naked & Alone

Mar 14, 2017


LOTUS OF THE HEART

We Share One Life, We Are One Life

Living in Love beyond Beliefs

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Prayer is a movement from
mastery to mystery.

*Rachel Naomi Remen. Kitchen Table Wisdom.

I often refer to "prayerful" in my work. I mean, prayerfull. Prayerful means "full of Prayer." Here, you have been drawn back, so forward, through prayers and praying to being Prayer, you are within Prayer. You, finally, become a living, breathing Prayer. When you are prayerful, prayers arise from being Prayer. This does not entail a movement in denial of saying prayers; rather, this entails a movement which is from Silence into words, as well as potentially other gestures of prayer. St. Paul said, in the Christian Bible, "Pray always in the Spirit (or, spirit)." This prayerfulness may hint at what he means. And of Swami Abhishiktananda, that eminent Christian monk who took on the garb of Indian silence and solitude, "The monk acts within, from what is within, through what is within. He does not 'exert an influence' by his physical presence to other people, but by his presence, within, to God. His ministry is silence and solitude,..." We need not think this applies only to monks, but applies to anyone who chooses to live from within and by Grace. Yes, prayerfulness, as becoming, arises from silence and solitude, but a silence and solitude not merely as absence, but alive with Presence. This Presence is the Mystery, and to live within and from this Presence, you must truly surrender your felt-mastery and your self-presentation and rest in the rest of the living Grace, naked and alone in the Naked and Alone. Prayerfulness has no clothing or otherness, yet, thereby, has pure potential to Love without discrimination and see Oneness amid the diverse attire of Creation. So, prayerfulness is intimately linked with Love.

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©Brian Kenneth Wilcox 2017. Brian is a Hospice Chaplain, living out his vow to serve all living beings by serving those preparing to die and their friends and family. Brian lives a vowed life, alone in a quasi-hermitic life, and integrates varied religions, but most especially the contemplative paths of Buddhism and his native faith, Christianity. Brian received a 'mystical' Christ-experience at age 9, and was introduced to a peace untouched by pain and suffering. Later, in his mid-30s, after surviving a dark night of despair, Brian was vowed to a contemplative Christian way of life on St. Matthew's Feast day, 1995, by Greenbough House of Prayer, in Georgia, USA. This began many years of ardent reading, spiritual practice, and exploration of many spiritual paths, including publication of his book An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love. The Journey has led Brian to the joy beyond the ache, a contentment in experiential union with Grace. Brian lives with the affirmation that Love, not as emotion but Divine Presence, transcends all paths of religion and is our Source and Destination. As St. Paul writes in the Christian Bible, "Now remain always, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." Peace to All!

 

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