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The Kids Are Alright! Honoring the New Kids (Grown Ups)

Switching gears all together – though interestingly, the discussion about Emergent Church falls short unless we are talking about the subject of today’s blog – the New Grownups.  The purpose of today’s blog is to learn who the New Growups are and how we can best support them in meeting their need to find meaning, purpose and connection in a world where they often feel out of place and unwelcome. 

 

The Kids are Alright!

 

The New Grown Ups are our future.  They are here to heal and change the world!

 

The New Kids (Grown Ups) are some of my most favorite peeps!  As one of them, I understand their nature, their drive, their passion and most importantly, their struggles.  Some have turned to labeling these amazing new humans respectively: Indigo Children, Crystal, Rainbow and any other variety of colorful names.   I was at first tempted to call them “the New Kids,” but after consulting several professionals on the topic, we agreed that these folks are anything but kids – in fact, they were born grownups, knowing what the world is supposed to be like and how to act in that world.  It is for this reason, that I am choose to call them the “New Grownups,” and I want everyone to understand that these grown ups are alright!

Below I will identify the New Grown Ups through some common characteristics, though perhaps the easiest way to communicate this is through a song that I believe might just be their anthem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0gtzHJphVg

Who Are the New Grown Ups?

While there is no exhaustive list of characteristics which describe the New Grown Ups, and these characteristics may vary among them, there are some general trends worth noting.  In general, the New Grown Ups are:

  • Born with a deep sense that they are here for a reason, that there is something they are here to do.
  • Born with a profound inner knowing of what the world is supposed to be like and dramatically and negatively affected when they witness or experience a world other than what they know is supposed to be.
  • Dumbfounded that others don’t understand and expect the world to be as they know it should be and that no one seems to be doing anything about it.
  • Questioning themselves because of the contrast between what they know and what others seem to know and believe.  This questioning creates in them a great deal of anxiety, stress and they often lose sleep over this.
  • Experiencing a great amount of angst—over the state of the world, the environment, politics, and all of the above mentioned, and often feel helpless (even hopeless) about it.
  • Restlessly discontent over all of the above – a discontent that is not satisfied until they are working toward the creation of the world they know in their hearts, their minds and their beings.
  • Growing cynical over all of the above while maintaining their own idealism.
  • Extremely sensitive to their environment, picking up the feelings and emotions of others, feeling like it is their job to fix things.  Also sensitive to world events – weather, natural disasters, human disasters, war, etc.
  • Struggling with anxiety, depression, panic attack, sleeplessness, insomnia.
  • Creatively driven with an active mind.
  • Frequently labeled as ADD or ADHD, EBD, ODD, etc.
  • Struggling with authority—feeling it has to be earned, not assumed.
  • Fiercely independent, don’t fit in with old systems of education, government, religion, etc., knowing a better way to do these things.
  • Often drawn to nature. Feel more grounded and whole after spending time in nature.
  • Not interested in the current Western paradigm of materialism and consumerism.
  • Struggling or did struggle in school. May have had trouble getting and holding a job.
  • Drawn to recreational drugs, may have struggled with addictions.

And finally, the New Grown ups are PISSED OFF!  You would be too if you were born into a world that, for the most part, does not understand you and which certainly does not appreciate your gifts.  In the driving, striving, achieving, accumulating, destructive, wasteful Western world, the New Grown Ups look like apathetic slackers.  But, I can tell you that there is no one on the planet who has worked harder to survive than the New Grown Ups.  Simply staying alive in a world that is trying to destroy them has been their lifelong mission – and sadly, for many, they died trying.

Wake Up New Grown Ups, We Need You!

The time for dying, however, has come to an end.  The world is finally ready for their gifts, (albeit kicking and screaming). The New Grow Ups are waking up,  and I, for one, am ecstatic!  Thank you New Grown Ups for being born in this place and in this time. We desperately need you, your gifts, and the vision of a new world that you were sent to create.

Starting Monday, July 7, 2014, I will be offering a support group for New Grown Ups as they are waking up and discerning their mission. 

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, Empowerment, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Spiritual Practices, Truth, Virtual Church

Virtual Church Meditation Supplement – The Power of the Holy Spirit

Please find below “Agape” – the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Meditation Supplement for Sunday, May 25, 2014. The topic this week is getting to know the Holy Spirit – the Power of God that awakens, catalyzes, directs and empowers.  Feel the Power.

 

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service

 

Scripture Reading:

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

John 14: 15-21

 

 

Additional Readings:

Acts 8: 5-7, 14-17

Ps 66: 1-7, 16, 20

1 Pt 3: 15-18

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Exploring the Trinity

In this week’s reading, we begin our discussion of the Holy Spirit – the third Divine Person of the Trinity. In regards to the Trinity, Jesus spoke first about “the Father” the part of the Trinity that Jesus experienced as outside of him. Jesus experienced this aspect of God as intimately personal and loving, like a father, but not limited to masculine form. Secondly, Jesus experienced God within him and so much a part of him as if they were One. The Holy Spirit, is the aspect of God that moves and empowers. Jesus experienced the third person of the Trinity as flowing out of the love he knew between himself and the Father and that would inspire and activate those who followed his example and came to know the love that he hoped to implant in the world in the same way that the Holy Spirit had inspired and activated him. The Holy Spirit awakens us, inspires us and moves us to be love in the world and is like a fire that cannot be contained. The Holy Spirit is God seeking to be known in the world through us.

How have you experienced God outside of you, God within you and God seeking to be expressed through you?

How have you experienced the FIRE of the Holy Spirit?

 

 

Spiritual Practices:

In this week’s spiritual practice, you will have an opportunity to have a palpable experience of the Holy Spirit so that you can identify its Presence and Action in your life.

  1. Go you YouTube and find the song “The Power” by Amy Grant. Link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gXn0S3e9dY
  2. Listen to the song one time listening attentively to the lyrics.
  3. Listen to the song again, this time, feeling the song with your body. Feel the rhythm of the music. Allow the music to literally move you…tap your feet, sway your arms, GET UP AND DANCE. J
  4. Listen again and allow yourself to be ONE with the music. Enter deeply into the song – lyrics, rhythm, even the silence between the notes. Feel the music as part of who you are. THIS is the Holy Spirit seeking to be known in and through you. Acknowledge it.
  5. Rest in silence and be attentive to any thoughts, emotions, images that may begin to arise.
  6. Write your thoughts and feelings in a notebook or journal.

 

Authentic Freedom

In Amy Grant’s song, The Power, she speaks of the aspect of God that “drives us crazy.” While Authentic Freedom doesn’t specifically address the topic of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit can be thought of as the place within us that feels frustrated, impatient, angry, depressed and anxious when the truth of who God is asking us to be feels thwarted. When we are not living as the person God made us to be – peaceful, loving, compassionate, purposeful and fulfilled, the Holy Spirit lets us know and will continue to let us know until we do something about it. The Holy Spirit is like the fire breathing life into our truest self, driving it to seek after its fulfillment until it is satisfied. This is why we often feel “crazy” in the pursuit of our path, or as a dear spiritual brother calls it, “angsty!”

Where have you experienced the fire of the Holy Spirit through your own restlessness, impatience, frustration, angst, anger, anxiety and even depression?