Fulfillment Found

In today’s blog, we explore our creative explorations and endeavors as a path to spiritual fulfillment.

Only in our doing can we grasp you.

Only with our hands can we illumine you.

– Rilke

I had the remarkable opportunity this weekend to attend a poetry workshop hosted by the Calliope Center in Viroqua, Wisconsin, facilitated by Prudence Tippins and Ed Schultz.  The workshop was an incredible opportunity to explore my own inner poet, but even more than that, the workshop was a profoundly moving experience of spiritual transformation and healing.  Under the gentle guidance and witness of Ed and Prudence, unhealed wounds surfaced and presented themselves for healing and release.  It was a remarkable day that far exceeded my hopes and expectations.

After a day of writing, writing, more writing, shyly sharing my poetry and being nourished by Prudence’s amazing raw food banquet I was completely satisfied and content.  Did you hear that?  I WAS CONTENT! In case you do not yet know this about me, I am typically anything BUT content.  Most of my time is spent in the restless pursuit of contentment, but in truth, I am rarely there.  So, to find contentment at the end of a day of creative exploration and expression was quite a shock.  WHO KNEW???

This experience has brought me to a new theory about fulfillment.  Fulfillment, in my theistic language is an experience of coming face to face with God, known by an inner sense of peace, contentment and safety.  I speak frequently to my clients and students about the “magic” meditation formula – if you give a portion of your day to God (through meditation, contemplation or prayer), then magic things begin to happen:  you feel peaceful, your life unfolds naturally and effortlessly, the questions of your heart and the struggles of life seem to work out, the things we need seem to magically fall into our laps.  In short, when we take time to cultivate a spiritual discipline of meditation and contemplation, we are fulfilled.  For the past several years I have subscribed to this theory and found it to be mostly true (especially when I stop looking at life through the lens of my big fat ego and look instead through God’s eyes.) Well, this weekend, I was reminded that it is not only through meditation that fulfillment is realized. It is also realized through our creative explorations and expression.

So here is my new theory – if we give a portion of our day to our creative exploration and expression, magic things will begin to happen:  we will find peaceful contentment, the quandaries of our life will work themselves out, the things we need will magically fall into our lap, we will be fulfilled, we shall see and know God.  Cool!  I think this is a theory worth testing.  Who is with me?

What creative explorations and forms of expression do you enjoy?  (cooking, painting, writing, gardening, crafting, building, singing, playing music, etc.)

How much time do you give to your creative explorations?

How are you being called to attend to this creativity more regularly?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

2 thoughts on “Fulfillment Found

  1. Dp you remember Sister Wendy? She was a little buck-toothed Catholic nun who used to do an art appreciation show on Public Television. Kind of an art-intro for the masses–not too involved or in depth. One time, on a different show, I saw her being interviewed by someone. She talked about how easily she normally could stand in front of a painting and just start talking about it. But one time they were going to film her talking about a cave painting (I don’t remember which one).When she was inside the cave, amidst all the lights, and they were ready to film, expecting her to talk about it, she was so awestruck by it, she was unable to speak. It took her a while to gather herself in the sight of this magical painting and talk. When she was finally able to speak, the camera crew and everybody broke into applause. The interviewer understood the cave paintings as a sort of prayer, and asked Sister Wendy about that. She replied “I think all painting is a form of prayer.” But the interviewer was confused because it was a pagan prayer, and didn’t think Sister Wendy would be able to understand and related to such a prayer. But indeed she did. That interview has stuck in my head for years!

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