So far I have shared with you
- The making of the art journal itself
- How I prepared the art journal pages
- The summer reading list I had been hoping to get through - although it looks like the one I already finished and this will be IT since this is proving to be so engrossing.
- The Journal Spots I also made and the pages for the first 3 chapters that introduce what the rest of the book is about
- My Art Journal page on the introduction to the first season of the journey and my pages on the 2 chapters for the first word or "spiritual practice", HERE!
- My art journal pages for the two chapters on the next word or "spiritual practice", THANKS!
- The next two pages in my art journal for the 2 chapters on O! or worship.
- The introduction to the 2nd season or stage, the Summer of Complexity and the first 2 pages on Sorry!
There are days when we wish there could be some other system. We wish there could be way of developing patience without delay, courage without danger, forgiveness without offence, generosity without need, skill without discipline and strong love without hard to love people.
It turns out there is no other way. The creator has created the right kind of universe to produce these beautiful qualities in us creatures. And among these beautiful qualities is INTERDEPENDENCE - the ability to reach out beyond ourselves, to ask for help from others and from God, and to offer help as we are able.He finishes the chapter with the concept of yourself as your friend.
Through the practice of petition, you learn to stand with God and see yourself as needy, weak, limited, imperfect, edgy, stressed, driven, frightened or troubled. But you don't criticise, condemn or reject yourself. Rather, you join God in God's desire for your own expansion and well being. You join God in wanting the best for yourself and in that light you make your request for your friend, for yourself.
Chapter 13 continues with the concept of help and there was so much I wanted to record here, to remember, that I had to use 3 of the journaling spots as tip ins, securing one edge with washi tape.
At the beginning of chapter 13 the author discusses the sometimes controversial book, the Prayer of Jabez, which has been criticised by some as a selfish prayer for just getting more for self.
The author suggests that it is in fact prayer for liberation:
"Liberate me God from the way I have been labelled by my Mother." It is a cry for the cycle of pain to be stopped. "She named me pain in response to the pain I caused her, but that, in turn has caused me pain. Let it STOP!"
So, in petition, like Jabez, we expand beyond selfishness to otherliness, beyond pain to blessing. "Bless me, not just so I can be blessed, but more, so I can be a blessing to others. Heal me not just so that I can be healed, but so that I can be a healer for others. Provide for me not just so that I can be comfortable but so that I can provide for others and bring them comfort."He goes on to explore 3 areas in which we frequently need to cry to God for help and how the word HELP , the practise of petition, can benefit us in each of those areas.
- Anxieties - What MIGHT happen
- Woundedness - What HAS happened
- Disappointment - What HAS NOT happened
Whether we're dealing with anxieties, wounds, disappointments or other needs and struggles, there is enormous power in SIMPLE WORDS - the words by which we name our pain and then translate it into a request to God. HELP is the door into this vital practice.Check back tomorrow for the pages on the next word, PLEASE, as we express requests to God, not for ourselves, but for others.
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