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Within is the Goal

Authentic Freedom Academy Sacred Living Series

Part 1


Today, I begin a series of reflections in support of a growing trend, dare I say calling, that I have been experiencing in my own life, while also witnessing it in the lives of others.  This growing trend is a deep, inner calling for (what I am choosing to call):

Sacred Living

While the expression of sacred living is showing itself in ways as diverse as the humanity out of which it is emerging, the calling is the same.  A deep desire to go within and to choose a way of living and being that is reflective of the stillness we find there.  That which drives this calling harkens back to Jesus’ own words to his disciples:

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’  For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”  Luke 17: 20-21

 This, is indeed, one of Jesus’ greatest messages to humanity.  That which we seek can never be found outside of us but can only be found within.

What is it that we seek in the human condition?  When we look beyond what we have been taught to seek after (approval, money, power, popularity, success, etc.) the answer is simple.  What we are all truly seeking is peace.  While the fullness of that peace may not be found until we have departed the human experience, Jesus reminds us that we can have the peace, right here, right now, and that this peace can only be found within.

Sacred living is both the pursuit and fulfillment of that search for peace.  When we know inner peace, we want to live in ways that support and are reflective of that peace.  Sacred living is the name I’ve given to that choice.

Sacred living is what I have seen specifically emerging from within the members of this (Authentic Freedom) community.  Women and men seeking a quieter, gentler, more authentic way of being, while detaching from the “values” that have been imposed upon us by our culture.  While some might be tempted to believe that it is the dysfunction of our culture that has driven us inward, I am more inclined to believe that the calling for sacred living comes from within and is at once a charism (spiritual gift) and a true vocational calling.

The call to sacred living is no less urgent or Divinely-driven than the call to ordination, matrimony, or vowed religious life.  It is simply a vocational calling that has not been given the credit, attention, encouragement or support it deserves. What sets sacred living apart from the aforementioned divine callings, is that it is happening outside of any specific institution and it is coming forth in human beings of all natures and walks of life.  One need not be single, celibate, or even accept a vow of poverty to be called to and embrace the calling to sacred living.  Instead, sacred living can be embraced and lived out from whatever state we find ourselves in our lives – married, single, with children, without children, working, retired, being of simple or prosperous means.  The externals of our lives have no bearing on our calling or ability to live sacredly.  Instead, we need only say yes to the calling and live it.

In the coming weeks, I will be offering reflections, encouragement and support for the calling of sacred living.  I invite you to share your own experiences of this calling and to share how you are living it out.  You can do that through the discussion area at the bottom of this page.  Thank you for hearing the call to sacred living and for choosing to live that out!


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I am the founder, owner of Authentic Freedom Academy and the Spiritual Director of the Order of the Magdalene and the Order of Melchizedek. Our mission is to provide education, community and support for those seeking to become self-actualized. Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is our learning community.