The Spiritual Journey in the end is about self-recovery, gathering the parts and parcels of our fragmented selves and bringing them into an integrated whole. What are the parts and parcels of you waiting to be called home?
Fascinated by the secret innards,
multi-colored, interwoven strands
tucked neatly within
the pristine white shell
What is the magic inside?
The fragmented parts and parcels of me
Integrated, harmonious, whole.
Needing nothing but what is within
Perfect systems in perfect harmony
The big blue marble.
copyright 2010 Lauri Ann Lumby
As we began the Wild Boar Poetry workshop at the Calliope Center on Friday, we were each invited to draw a word that would be our word for the day and a word that we would write to and eventually compose a poem around. I drew the word, synthesis. The above poem is the fruit of the morning’s labors.
Synthesis is an interesting word and in my opinion, is the ultimate destination of the human spiritual journey (if we can say there is a destination!). I suggest that synthesis is the destination as the spiritual journey is ultimately about gathering all the fragmented parts of ourselves and bringing them into a harmoniously, integrated whole. And, this is not just about gathering the “good” parts of ourselves, it is about full and complete self-recovery which includes all those parts of ourselves that we hide, fear or that repulse us. As we come to name and claim ALL the parts of ourselves and welcome them home, we experience healing and a profound sense of inner freedom – I am home!
The invitation today is to open wide the door of your inner closet and seek out all the parts of yourself that are hiding there while at the same time, naming the parts of yourself that you have already claimed and are proud to show to the world:
The liar, the whore, the thief, the husband, the wife, the daughter, the son, the mother, the father, the friend, the enemy, the lover, the bully, the boss, the demon, the saint, the priest, the mistress, the coach, the student, etc. etc. etc.
Name these parts, and welcome them back home. (And…don’t be afraid to seek out support for this through Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Counseling or Professional Therapy…..it is not always easy to name and claim the parts of ourselves that we had previously rejected or hidden.)
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