Some interesting things have been crossing my path lately, and I’m feeling like the universe is maybe directing me toward something, though I have no idea what it is. Let me try to explain.
A few weeks ago one of my good friends here, a member of my writers group, invited me to join her and a group of her friends who meet every other Wednesday afternoon to discuss spirituality. She said she really felt I might like it, and I really like her, so I trust her judgment. Ok, she was a judge for part of her life, so I guess I’d better trust her. She was also a boat person, having owned and lived aboard a boat for a considerable time of her life. We have a lot in common. This is the first thing that happened.
I am very excited about this, because I used to have my spiritual book club up north, we met once a month. I really miss that group and our deep discussions about the things we learned. I am still close with all the girls, but I miss the group a lot. I have the writers group, and it is similar but not focused on spirituality. My friend tells me that a few of the other members of this group are very into A Course in Miracles, which I’ve studied quite a bit.
The second thing was an email from Marianne Williamson’s site announcing a free 10 day class called Teaching the Teachers, which is based on A Course in Miracles. I have been a big fan of hers, and the book for years, since I discovered A Course in Miracles, and read most of it over the next 3 or 4 years, and read her book “The Return to Love” (among others she’s written). She is so amazing. The course is designed to teach spiritual teachers, spiritual psychotherapists, how to mesh the principles of ACIM into their teaching/practice. I am such a fan of hers though, I signed up for it. She will send a half-hour video each day for 10 days where she gives a lesson. There is a community attached to it, with discussions, chat rooms, questions of the day, etc. It seems pretty comprehensive.
In the back of my mind I kept thinking, spiritual teacher? Could I ever consider myself to be one? Not on a formal level, I have no degrees, but spirituality has been a pretty passionate practice of mine for a decade or so. Idk, I just thought, I’d love the course, I’d love to glean whatever Marianne is teaching here for myself, and just see where it leads.
So now I have in the span of a couple weeks, a group to meet with and this course.
Then my sister had asked for some references for guided meditations, and I told her about the Oprah-Deepak 21 day free meditations. I have done them all, at least for the last 5 or 6 years. They come out 3 or 4 times a year, and no matter the subject matter, I always get something from them. They are a daily link for 21 days. Oprah and Deepak guide you in and guide you out, and you have about 10 or 12 minutes to meditate in silence or to the music they play. They take about 20 minutes start to finish, and there’s a journal feature you can write in if you feel the need when the meditation is done. Right after my sister asked me about them, I got a notice that a new one starts on October 29. (If you are intersted in joining, just go to https://chopracentermeditation.com/ and register.
So there’s a 3rd spiritual thing in as many weeks. Plus I’ve been reading Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic, which combines spirituality with creativity, and practicing Reiki more, mostly on Dan who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery, and it seems to really help him.
My spiritual practice has been lax since I moved here. In getting the house set up, making new friends, creating a new life, meeting Dan and building a strong loving relationship have taken my focus and attention from the spiritual aspect of my life. Not that my belief’s slackened, or changed. It just was not the focus of my attention for the most part. Suddenly, all these things have come up to point me back in that direction. Maybe it’s just to keep me in balance just the universe sending me strong reminders of how I got through all the crap I got through. Because it does, definitely. Maybe there’s something more on this path, who knows. Maybe just new friends, and more information, more wisdom, who knows. Maybe I’ll get a line on a gong bath, or a meditation group. That would all be awesome!
It feels right. It feels good. Dan is nothing but supportive of me and my endeavors. So I’m just going to be open to whatever comes my way with this, and see where it goes. Just feels right, and it’s nice to feel that passion back. As Marianne sais today in the first lesson, “You’re the faucet, not the water.”
So, there’s the final thing, a reference to water from her, as I continue trying to learn to live like water.
As ever, love and light to everyone.