|Todays daily meditation from Richard Rohr…On these “thin days,” as the ancient Celts called them, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Nov. 2), we are invited to be aware of deep time when past, present, and future time all come together as one. On these pivotal days we are reminded that our ancestors are still in us and work with us and through us. Protestants thought it was about “worshiping” saints, but that largely missed the point.
Actually this is a Christian meaning for reincarnation, which Christians also called “the communion of saints” in the Apostle’s Creed. This was the common and corporate notion of the human person. It realized that our ancestors are indeed in us and with us (as modern DNA studies can now prove), and then early Christianity added maybe even for us! We were quite foolish to make fun of many Native and Eastern religions, which we dismissed as “mere ancestor worship” who usually had the more corporate notion of personhood, far removed from the myth of modern individualism. All Saints Day is a celebration of all of us precisely in our togetherness, which is why the New Testament (in twenty places!) called all God lovers “the saints.”
I have completed a lot of reading recently. I recently started Nicholas Vesey’s Developing Consciousness and am enjoying the reflection this forces me into. Nicholas has set up the Norwich Christian Meditation Centre. I like what they are doing and it grabs me in a way that has caused me to part with money to but this book that contains some of the journey and lessons from that journey that these people have been on.
I’m really enjoying the book and the way it is challenging me to think and slow down and wonder. A flavour of the book can be summed up in this quote from page 4:
You are always in exactly the right place to be able to take the next step.
It is an amazing realisation, that you are, right now, in exactly the right place to begin this journey.
Your whole life has brought you to this point. Everything you have ever done has brought you to the point of reading these words now. And everything has conspired for you to be in exactly the right place. You could not be in a better place.
And that is true for every single moment of your life.
You are never in the wrong place. All you can do is to not recognise you are in the right place, and then automatically you miss the point and opportunity of that moment.
To be in the right place at the right time you simply have to acknowledge the rightness of the moment, and thus the moment become yours.
Do it now, without qualification.
Whatever our circumstances, wherever you are. Trust this moment as being one that is right. One that has meaning. One that is setting you on a journey outside the box, and it will be so. And what is the next step? Well … ask yourself that …. what is the next step? What do you do right now as the next step?
There is a liberation in being free to recognise that I am in exactly the right place, where I should be, right now … this very minute. Sometimes I have struggled to accept that, and over the last 5 or 6 days I have wrestled with that thought. But, I have come to realisation that I may need to embrace and accept this so that I can claim the moment, rather than miss the opportunity before me.
In that embracing of the moment, I am discovering a freedom to move forward. This seems to echo well with much of the stuff that has challenged me over the last few months, such as being rooted, Chardin’s trust in the slowness of God, Taylor’s total presence.
Accepting the moment … seems to be the way forward!