One of the central themes of the Soul of Christianity workshop I recently attended was that of grace. To me, grace is those moments in life when greater understanding unfolds and I am gifted with a sense of wholeness. Grace is an ever present gift that flows naturally into our openings – those times when our ego cannot fathom the bigness of the Mystery and it breaks down – allowing for a little pocket of the Mystery to be known. Grace waits for us to open to it, I think, and we often must be shocked into knowing it by instances that disrupt the ego and call us into such presence that.
In what’s becoming an annual trip to the Kananaskis region of the Alberta Rockies I finally have a moment to reflect on an experience I had last weekend at a workshop entitled “The Soul of Christianity”. The heavy rain outside our little trailer creates the impossibility of much activity, my attention turns inward, and I see that there is much to say. Lead by Atum O’Kane, a spiritual teacher and Jungian Analyst from Seattle, I was drawn to participate by a trusted friend who assured me that the nature of this retreat would be one of depth, meaning and inner work. She was right. And although we touched on many.