To live into our fullest and deepest humanity is to know that we are bearers of divine gifts.
We bear the gift of Life given by the Source—the Source of many divine names—the Source who resides not only in the far-distant heavens, but also in the nearness and proximity of our own hearts.
We also bear the gift of each other.
We have been given to one another in our various differences in order that we might grow into the greater wholeness of our common humanity.
As we knowingly and intentionally bear these gifts, we ourselves become bearers of light—capable of engendering Spirit through our own gift of Love.
Let us then—having been touched this night by the Source’s Spirit and having been inspired by the example of truth and integrity of those we have honored—let us step forth in this dark and cold night to spread the light of Love and Justice.
Wisdom describes an ancient stream of transformational methodology that has existed since the beginnings of the world’s great spiritual traditions. It is the stream that runs beneath them and informs them all. And while it is not exclusively identified with any one of them, it can express itself in the deepest levels of them all.
Fundamentally, Wisdom describes a lineage of spiritual knowledge that is principally concerned with the alchemy of transformation. It is not about knowing more, but about knowing more deeply, and it might be marked by an alert, present-moment awareness and a compassionate intelligence. Attention and surrender are the banks between which Wisdom flows.
Bill Redfield has recently retired as rector of Trinity Church, Fayetteville, NY, after nearly 20 years. Besides being an Episcopal priest, he is also a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in private practice in Central New York and Maine. He has had a lifelong interest in the intersection of spirituality and the inner life. He is the creative force behind the birth of Wisdom House, Fayetteville, NY. Bill was introduced to Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault over 23 years ago and has been as active student of hers for the last eight years. Bill can be contacted at: email@example.com.