I went to a retreat this weekend at the Chiara Center, a beautiful Catholic country/wooded retreat center. Chiara means "Clare", friend of St. Fransis of Assisi, which is my husband's patron.
Ever since I have had these recurring amazing mystical experiences, and joined CCOR, I have wondered anxiously about the place of organized religion in my life. I appreciate everyone with other points of view, but I have always cherished my church involvement as an important part of my spirituality. I have had many experiences with organized religion, positive and negative, but have always asserted that it held an important role in teaching me about God and the realms, forgiveness and myself. I wondered if I was just hanging on to old out worn ideas that don't work anymore.
So I went to this retreat on "Centering Prayer" and met the most outstanding people who totally get it! One of the people was very high in the Methodist church and I felt he is a Master. My conversation with such an enlightened being resolved my anxieties and set my soul free. To sum it up, it doesn't matter what form eternal truths/ spiritual laws of the Universe take, or by what names we refer to them, they are still what and who they are and the form of it is a trifle. How liberating!
This is the month of LOVE! I am celebrating the life of my husband, Dan and Yoko, whose birth days are on the same day! No wonder I was drawn to her!
Love and Light from the midwest!