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The Silent Meditation Services will continue every Tuesday at 6:00pm, led by minister Greg Barrette.
“A Simple Reverent Prayer Circle”
Each Sunday at 10:20 am
“Keys to the Kingdom”
Tuesdays, January 17 through February 26, 2017
“Fully Human, Fully Divine”
Tuesdays, March 7, 2017
“Marching Into Forgiveness”
Wednesdays, March 8 & 22, 2017
“The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Faith”
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
"Monday Morning Metaphysics"
“W.I.R.E. - Women in Recovery Excel”
|Gregory Barrette Articles|
DESIRE AND THE SOUL
You are a soul in evolution and every experience in your life is there
to move your soul forward.
When you are dealing with a difficult person, this means that you can
say "I am using this person to heal my soul". When you are dealing
with a difficult situation, you can say to yourself "This can only
bless me. This can only heal me". Everything in your life becomes the
stuff out of which you soul gets to evolve.
But what is your soul?
It's hard to talk about because it's not physical. You cannot measure it.
Maybe we have a wrong idea about the soul. Do you think that you have
a soul? Or do you think that you ARE a soul? That changes everything.
Then you share the experience of the Catholic mystic Pierre Teilhard
deChardin, who said "We are not human beings having a spiritual
experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." Once
you identify yourself with the soul first, what Jesus called "the
kingdom", "the pearl of great price", "the treasure in the field", all
of which is really your soul consciousness and true essence, then you
begin to live your life from within out.
I used to think of my soul as bobbing way up above me, like a helium
balloon on a string. I thought that maybe through hard work or some
mystical experience, I might be able to pull that balloon down and
experience my soul, hugging it tightly. That is, until somebody pissed
me off and then I'd let go of it and it'd go flying back up into the
But that's not my soul. Because I don't have a soul. I AM my soul.
I might forget about that fact, but it is always true nonetheless. And
knowing this changes everything.
What does it take to generate this soul experience? The desire for it.
And it is worth every effort we make to gain it. The healing of the
soul, the unfoldment of the soul, the evolution and subsequent
enlightenment of the soul is worth whatever it takes. It truly is the
pearl of great price.
As the great Sufi mystic poet Rumi wrote, "Listen, o drop, give
yourself up without regret, and in exchange, gain the entire ocean.
Listen, o drop, bestow upon yourself this honor and in the arms of the
sea become secure. Who in the name of God could be so fortunate? An
ocean wooing a drop? In God's name, in God's name, sell and buy at
once! Give up a drop and take this sea full of pearls!"
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR SOUL
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
So said the Persian mystic Rumi.
All of God, all of the essence of the whole universe, contained in
your very center, the soul of you. THAT is your true identity. THAT is
But you've got to get to know that soul.
If you wanted to become friends with someone, what would you do?
You'd hang out with them. You'd spend time with them. You would be
fully present with them, as much as you were capable. You'd listen to
Well, what are you doing with your soul?
Are you spending time hanging out with your soul awareness? What are
you doing every day to get to know your soul, to quicken and awaken
your soul evolution? Are you making friends with it?
This is a simple analogy. What are your spiritual practices, your
walks in the woods, your times that remind you that everything in your
life exists to grow you spiritually?
In a time of crisis, I posted two signs by my phone: "This can only
bless me" and "This can only heal me". They kept me on track in my
quest to connect with my soul. This got me in touch with the fact that
everything in my life was moving me forward.
Your soul evolution is always the most important thing. So, whatever
you think is going on in your life is secondary. The things you think
are important come second. The only thing is your soul evolution.
Pope Francis says that when he was exiled for two years, it was the
making of him. Did you know that, in 1986, his superiors thought that
he was too strict, too stern, too authoritarian? He was seen as
harsh, difficult and ultra-conservative. Uncompassionate and
uncompromising. Pope Francis!
So they sent him off to exile in a faraway province, restricting him
pretty much to one room for prayer and fasting. and told him to get
over himself. That would be the end of his career, right?
Except he changed. He says now that, sure, there were some things
about it that seemed unjust, but it didn't matter. He used it for
After two years, he was such a changed person when he returned that he
rose quickly to the top.
Where in your life are you finding experiences such that you go "Oh, I
don't like that. I don't want that."?
Maybe it is only there to bless you.
Did your dentist ever give you a red pill? When it dissolved, it
stained the plaque on your teeth, revealing what you had been missing
with your toothbrush.
If you want your "soul-smile" to be beautiful, you have to get rid of
the plaque. You've got to know where to brush. And these situations of
life are here to show you, as a soul in evolution, what it is that you
are supposed to work on.
It's just red dye. Smile in the mirror and start brushing!
That's what Francis did. He came out of it a changed person.
He got to know his soul.