Hi Everyone, I pray that you, at this very moment, are experiencing the presence of God in your day. Now is a good time to be still and let God speak to your heart.
Wisdom Part Five1
Four weeks ago we began a series of thoughts and observations with regard to wisdom; first with an article titled “Wisdom and Epiphany” and second with some thoughts on “Right Thinking, Compassion and Wisdom”, thirdly “Wisdom, an Experience of God” and last week “Becoming Open to God’s Wisdom.” This week we continue with…
God’s Wisdom and Our Self-Knowledge
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. NRS
1 Corinthians 13:12
We now see with less than full awareness of what actually is. We now see through the eyes of a self-built personality, but we are moving toward awareness when we will see ourselves as God sees us. This is not an end of life experience as much as it is part of the spiritual journey to which we are being called at this very moment, as we live our lives in this world but not of this world.
Each of us is born with a true-self, created in the image and likeness of God. This essential self is who we truly are. As we live in, and encounter things of, the world we develop a personality (ego) that allows us to function psychically, relationally and emotionally. It is this developed personality (ego) that helps us to individuate inwardly and outwardly; inwardly as it mediates between such aspects as the conscience, instinct, shadow, as well as the aspects of gender called the anima and the animus. Likewise the personality (ego) helps us to individuate within our family and our society in ways that allow us to function as individuals connected to other individuals, while also recognizing that we exist as persons among and interacting with other persons. All this is well and good, and necessary for healthy human development. However, a problem arises when we begin to see our personality (ego) as our identity. Biblical wisdom tells us that we are not the developed personality, some call the false self; but are in fact images and likenesses of God, God’s children, unique yet connected, spirit and flesh, both eternal and temporal. Essentially to know self means to know the God created self not the self-created self of the personality, or ego. The problem is that so many, if not most, of us are fixated on the personality (ego) rather than the essence of who God created us to be. The ego is all we see, thus we call it reality. Biblically this is a consequence of humanities turning away from God in what Genesis refers to as the fall of humanity. It is this ego fixation which is the source of much suffering. This is evidenced when Cain slew Able as a result of a bruised ego. On the other hand it is by getting in touch with the God created self that we find the source of ultimately healing. This is the self that God sees and that we are invited to discover.
The good news is that we can discover our true God created selves by simply identifying our ego fixation, and prayerfully bringing it to the Lord for healing as we ask God to give us a deeper awareness of the ego distortion in which we find ourselves fixated. The movement is from this ego distortion, which has been called passion, and sin to the aspect of our true selves that is counter opposite to the fixation; indolence moves to action; anger to serenity; pride to humility; deceit to veracity; envy to equanimity; avarice to detachment; fear to courage; gluttony to sobriety.
The bottom line is that when we allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate and overtake our human spirits we find healing of mind, body, and emotions that are, by the grace of God, who we truly are. We then begin to see ourselves as whole, vital and aware, because God has allowed us to see through God’s divine holy eyes, which in turn allows us to know ourselves just as we are known by God. We are, holy and perfect, though our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who tells us we are God’s children. This is a truly great discovery.
1 Excerpted from The Awakening Institutes Seminar on Christian Wisdom and Introduction to the Enneagram Seminar.
Coming in the Fall of 2017
Introduction to the Enneagram Eleven Week Course
This is an Eleven week (27.5 hour) course into the fantastic world of the Enneagram.
This class will include an in-depth look into all nine spaces as well as their subtypes, wings, triads and Holy ideas, with emphasis on its usefulness within the context of spiritual direction and self-care.
Syllabus is now available; firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to learn more about the important practice of spiritual direction, or are looking for a spiritual director to walk with you in your spiritual journey?
Contact “The Awakening Institute”
email@example.com or visit our website www.theawakeninginstitute.com
Coming this Fall
Christian Mysticism in Today’s World
Course Description: This is an 12 week course, (2 1/2 hours per session), designed to help the student discover the most important dynamics of Christian Mysticism, both in its historical context as well as the many ways it has, and continues to develop today. We will use a three-fold approach, which includes 1) Defining mysticism historically and what it means for disciples today. 2) Answering the question, “Who is a mystic?” and 3) the way of the mystic.
Syllabus now available, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Classes and Seminars
Introduction to Spiritual Direction
Exploring Spiritual Dispositions
Introduction to the Enneagram
And much more…
Request a free syllabus today: email@example.com
To register please call 321-298-8801
Or visit our website www.theawakeninginstitute.com for a complete listing of available classes and a free syllabus for a class of your choice.
Community Bible Experience
This is an encounter with God’s Word designed for those who wish to experience the Scriptures at a deep heart level, as a way to inner transformation.
Coming in the summer of 2017
The Gospel of John
Watch for details
Do you know someone who would like to receive “Awakening” every Friday?
Send us their email address and we will make it happen.
Some recommendations for excellent spiritual guidance…
If you have others to share with our readers please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Something to Ponder
“Because the soul mirrors the divine nature, self-knowledge is a way of knowing God.”
Harvey Egan, writing about Gregory of Nyssa,
An Anthology of Christian Mysticism, 34
Enneagram Training Courses
Introduction to the Enneagram Seminar
A Six hour seminar,
February 18th, 9:30-3:00,
1 hour break from 12:00nonn to 1:00pm
At Epworth UMC
7651 Johnson Street
Hollywood, Florida, 33024
During this seminar we offer the following as an introduction the amazing enneagram.
The Three Part Symbol and Its Nine Points
Body, Heart, and Head
Initial Exploration Into Discovering Your Space
Subtypes (Self-Preservation, Social and One-to-One)
Arrows (growth through stress points and healing the child heart)
Self-care (vice to virtues)
Cost for this seminar is $25 prepaid before February 1st and $35 after February 1st
Feel free to email email@example.com or call 321-298-8801 for further details
A Gathering of Spiritual Directors
This coming spring The Awakening Institute will host a gathering of spiritual directors. The reason for the gathering is to come together in prayer and to seek discernment regarding ways we can, together, raise awareness within the church of how spiritual direction can be a vehicle by which God’s presence and voice can be more deeply felt and more clearly heard, at both individual and congregational levels. If you are a spiritual director and would like to join in this conversation please contact Gene Yotka at 321-298-8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
(Additional to our daily Scripture reading)
Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, by David-Steindl Rast
I Am A Follower, by Leonard Sweet
Becoming Human, By Jean Vanier
Knowing As We Are Known, by Eugene T. Yotka
Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer
Desiring God’s Will, by David Benner
Walking In The Light, by Steve Harper
Thoughts in Solitude, by Thomas Merton
Incarnation: The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth, by Will Willimon
The Mystic Way of Evangelism, by Elaine A. Heath
A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker Palmer
The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen
Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity, by Norman Wirzba
Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr
Between the Dark and the Daylight, by Joan Chittister
New Seeds of Contemplation, by Thomas Merton
New! Love Henri, by Henri Nouwen
Have Something You Would Like to Share?
Awakening would be blessed to receive original articles, poems, or artistic work that would be helpful and edifying for those interested in Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction, and/or Soul Care for future publication.
Please submit via email to email@example.com