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Sacred Sunday – part doux

The second Sunday that I have spent as “Sacred Sunday” and again, my cup has been filled.  Really a very simple day but so touching and with a sense of discovery about myself.

Here’s a quick recap:
– Awake at 11:00am
– Started re-reading “An Unmistakable Touch of Grace” by Cheryl Richardson (one of my favorite authors!)
– Started reading “The Seeker’s Guide” by Elizabeth Lesser
– Talked to my good friend (and crocheted while we chatted)
– Spent some quality time on the Internet and found “Drop a Love Bomb
– I dropped a Love Bomb and was so touched by the recipient’s story–I feel that I was a part of a wonderful energy that brought a sense of connectedness to someone who really needed it.
– Wrote on and updated my blog
– Emptied about 100 e-mails from the inbox – forwarded, actioned, and deleted.  First time I’ve had 20 e-mails in my inbox in about a year!
– Listened to some beautiful meditative music while I crocheted (if I haven’t mentioned it–and I know I have ;o)–I LOVE to crochet and spend some time most days doing it)
– Talked to another good friend
– Ate well–“good” foods
– Cuddled with my dog for a while
– Cuddled with each of my cats for a bit
Sounds pretty simple but it has been a really good day.  Below are some of the “gems” I read in each of the books I mentioned above:
The Unmistakable Touch of Grace – Introduction
– Every event we experience and every person we meet has intentionally been put in our path to help raise our level of consciousness. 
– No amount of money, popularity, or success can give us the happiness and peace we all long for.  This comes from the daily rituals and practices that keep us connected to our spiritual core.
– The more I surrender my will to the Divine, the less I’ve had to worry about how to achieve anything.  Instead, the path finds me.  Grace leads me to the exact events and experiences I need at exactly the right time.
– The difficulties I faced in my relationships with men were exactly what I needed to build the solid core of self-esteem and inner strength that I would rely on to face the challenges of life.
I am open and receptive to the power of grace in my life now.  I ask to be shown clear examples of how this energy is operating in my life.  (repeat daily–many times)
The Seeker’s Guide – Chapter 2
– The first step on the spiritual path is to find a satisfying definition of the word, one that is as free from our conditioning as possible…Deconstructing the word “spiritual” is a freeing and an enlightened task, and once we start searching for the word’s meaning, we find simple hints all along the way.
Do not be idolatrous or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology.  All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth. – Thich Nhat Hanh
– Spirituality is a long, slow process–a patient growing into wisdom.
– Inviting spirituality into your life is like packing for an adventure.  As you search for your own definition, here are some of the most important things to pack:  an openness to things you may have been conditioned to reject, a comfortableness with the unknown, and fearlessness.
– Children learn because they have no shame about being bare beginners.
Be patient to all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.  Resolve to be always beginning–to be a beginner!”  – Rainer Maria Rilke
– I have found that no matter where my searching has taken me, it always leads me back to my need to face my own true nature…
– Opening up to the secret of our human nature, revealing to ourselves and to each other our deep and soulful longings, our fear and sadness, our joy and wonder, is the critical step on the spiritual path.  It is the step that makes the difference between living our own, real spirituality and just acquiring someone else’s beliefs.  (con’t next Sunday)
Here’s what came to me while reading these books and spending conscious time today…
– I am at a stage of cocooning and that is okay–it’s what I need to do right now.
– I want to be a “teacher” someday but right now I am a learner–at different stages in my life I have been a teacher but I feel I’m moving on to another stage and am learning.  This is also great!
– Contemplations on my “purpose” – I love research, history (how we got to where we are), archeology (research)…where this leads I don’t know now, but it’s nice to have this in writing.  A starting point maybe.
– I’m just on my path…and this is good!
– I’ve made the right choice to follow my own “Sacred Sunday’s”.

Sacred Sunday

I feel like I’ve been having a bit of a spiritual dilemma lately–not that I don’t know what I believe–but that I don’t know where to go to “practice” what I believe.  I’ll explain further…(this ended up being a much longer post than I had originally intended…)

Several years ago, I felt a longing to find a Spiritual home–my father had just passed away, and I felt him close to me, closer than I ever had when he was alive, I just knew he was near me and in the energy around me (for lack of a better explanation).
I wasn’t raised with any religion and my spiritual beliefs tended toward the agnostic, it was hard to find a church or spiritual centre that believed what I believed.  The only thing I knew for certain was what I was not–a Christian.  One day, I was talking to a friend from work about my beliefs and she said “you sound like a Unitarian”.  I hadn’t heard about the Unitarian faith so did some research and found that it sounded like a place I could “fit in”.  I joined the Unitarian Church in the city where I live and, for a while, it was the right place for me.  But…as I continued to go I felt more and more that I didn’t fit in.  I found the congregation very “clicky” and couldn’t seem to find a foothold in with any “group”.  As this also didn’t fit into my thoughts of spiritualism–coming together–and as Unitarian Universalists seem to believe in “everything” spiritual–it’s really not wonder that there were so many groups within one spiritual centre.  So I stopped going.  But I was very sad, because I still felt a longing for a spiritual community.  I debated about going to one of the local Buddhist Temples, but that was not a real fit for me either, because I did believe there was a spiritual power–call it God, Divine Presence, whatever, I believe there is something. 
About a year or so later, I decided to “let my fingers do the walking” and looked in the local yellow pages under “churches” and found a place that seemed like a fit “The Centre for Conscious Living”.  I had long felt that I was living unconsciously–I had gained over 100 lbs in the past 10 years, you don’t do that by being conscious.  So, I checked it out.  The music was phenomenal, they had a live band that played real music, not hymns or spiritual songs, but real music that had a “feel good” vibe.  I loved that.  I didn’t go back right away, but found they had a “Discovery Class” where you could learn more about their teachings.  So I went to that, found some kindred spirits in class, who are my friends even now.  But, I still didn’t go back to the church right away–it wasn’t until several months later, that I decided to go.  And, the energy of the church was very uplifting, the message mostly made sense.  Except they used the word, “Jesus”–which concerned me at the time because I knew I was not Christian.  But over time, the words made more sense to me…Jesus was a prophet, someone to aspire to be like “what would Jesus do?”.  I started taking classes, met more people, felt I belonged–but still had some trouble with the teaching.  Just wasn’t a “true fit” with my innate beliefs.  But, still, I thrived.  I felt loved, and accepted, and was happy to be there.
Then, slowly, things started changing.  I found myself losing respect for one of our ministers who didn’t seem to be walking the talk.  They also seemed to be distancing themselves from the congregation.  As they were someone I relied on for spiritual guidance, I was troubled that I didn’t seem to have their attention when I was talking with them.
Then, just one thing or another, just started making me feel less and less like I wanted to be there.  The last year has been a struggle, because I still have such a great community of spiritual and personal friends there.  I feel a longing for a spiritual home still.  But, I don’t believe there is anything that is offered in my city that may be the right place for me right now.
I went to and did their “belief-o-matic” quiz and was pretty surprised by the results.
Here are my results:
1. Liberal Quakers (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (98%)
3. Reform Judaism (89%)
4. Neo-Pagan (89%)
5. New Age (83%)
6. Mahayana Buddhism (80%)
7. New Thought (78%)
There were actually more results (I think about 20) but decided only to save the top 7 because “New Thought” was the spiritual teaching I had been following the last few years and thought it was very relevant that it was only 78%.  I had always felt that I was close to what I believed, but not quite there.
I was very surprised to see Liberal Quakers at 100%???  So…I’m doing some research into that, but don’t think there are Liberal Quakers in the city I live in.  There are Quakers, however.
I do understand the Unitarian Universalist, but, as I said know that isn’t the right place for me either.
So, I began to wonder about my Sundays, a day that I do believe should be a sacred day..  It came to me this week that perhaps it is time for me to be studying any of the several dozen spiritual books I have in my possession–Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Richardson, A Course in Miracles, the Bible…I don’t need to be at a house of worship to do that.  I feel a strong affinity for what Wayne Dyer and Cheryl Richardson teach–stronger than New Thought–so why not?
And here we are, today is my first Sacred Sunday.  I vow that each Sunday I will make it sacred by studying the texts that I have, turning inward, and meditating.  I will not turn on the TV or use my computer in any other way than for my spirituality.
I think that, for now, this is my path.
Thanks for listening (reading).