May 24, 2018
This week I will talk more about expanding our understanding of prayer, focusing on the creation and use of rituals, and the power of imagination.
“Holy Imagination” is the title of a chapter of One River, Many Wells, by Matthew Fox. In it he talks about art and ritual as paths to mindfulness. He speaks of “digging deep into the imagination and honoring the images that are there as gifts of the Holy Spirit, gathering them up and releasing them into our work and the world.”
There are endless ways that we can – and do – create rituals. These rituals, too, are prayers. Writing and saying affirmations, setting intentions, and bowing and saying “Namaste” to one another are obvious examples.
One action that almost always reminds me of my connection with Source is the simple lighting of candles.
Memorial Day is a societal reminder that we need prayer rituals that honor our losses and life transitions. We also need rituals to connect more intentionally with our hopes and dreams.
In many ways our modern lives have lost touch with the power of imagination, and we have forgotten how the ancients expressed their relationship and faith in the mysterious Life processes through all manner of rituals. It is profoundly nurturing to the soul to discover and recover our holy imagination!
I wish you a lovely weekend, and hope to see you Sunday!
Prayer is a living relationship that can never be
pinned down and analyzed;
prayer is a breath of the soul that has passed
before we can seize hold of it;
prayer is a reaching out of all that is deepest within us
towards all that lies infinitely beyond and around us.
“Prayer is not something we do, but a way of living, in growing awareness of the greater reality, in which we live and breathe.”
– The Gift of Prayer: Embracing the Sacred in the Everyday by Margaret Silf
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.