Wake up, empty yourself out, give yourself over to grace. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Wake up– nourish the stirring desire in you to go deeper, to ‘know thyself’, to examine your behaviors, your beliefs, and your motives; it doesn’t mean get to work, it just means turn your attention to the desire that is stirring within you.
Empty yourself out– as you settle your gaze inward, wait and watch all the thoughts, all the body sensations that flood your attention; once we turn inward, we create a little space between us and the outside world; that empty space gets filled in almost immediately by mind chatter and body discomfort; watch all the flooding that happens and wait patiently (sometimes up to 20 minutes) for it to subside. It may not completely disappear, but it will settle into the background leaving stillness and silence in the foreground of your mind.
Give yourself over to grace– resist the urge to fill in the emptiness on your own once you realize that it is present; instead, insert one single syllable word or sound as your substitute for thoughts (like “grace” or “om” or “ah”); by leaving your mind empty, you’re giving yourself over to grace and allowing Divinity to work within you. It’s not about you knowing, feeling or even sensing the work being done; its about the practice of giving yourself over to grace.
This practice will bear fruits in your life that come from a greater source than yourself.
The idea and inspiration for this post came from Alan Jones’ book Soul Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality (find it on Amazon).
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