Tag: contemplative

Awake to the Imago Dei

Awake to the Imago Dei

Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
“The only power that can effect transformations of the order is love. It remained for the 20th century to discover that locked within the atom is the energy of the sun itself. For this energy to be released, the atom must be bombarded from without. So too, locked in every human being is a store of love that partakes of the divine - the imago dei, image of god…And it too can be activated only through bombardment, in its case, love’s bombardment. The process begins in infancy, where a mother’s initially unilateral loving smile awakens love in her baby and as coordination develops, elicits its answering smile… A loving human being is not produced by exhortations, rules and threats...Ontogenetically speaking, love is an answering phenomenon. It is literally a response.” ― Huston Smith, The Wor
The Kingdom of God is Within You

The Kingdom of God is Within You

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Wakeful Wednesday - Where do you see the presence of the divine? Transcendence? That which is beyond words? I am totally stuck on the idea of nonviolence for the last couple days, so I'm going to share where I see God within that right now. What does that even mean? The Kingdom of God is within you. This is from Christian scripture, the Gospel of Luke, chapter 17, verse 21. Woah! That is pretty radical. The Kingdom is not out there, over there, up there, or down there. It is right here. Within. That is definitely not what I was taught when I was a little girl. But I believe it. However, what does that mean? What are the qualities of the Kingdom of God? Drawing from my tradition, I would say the qualities can be summed up in love! Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Okay, that is...