September 29, 2016

Three Unique Self Prayers

We want to thank Adael Bullock for assembling a collection of reflections and personal sharing from the recent Shalom Mountain Wisdom School fall event.

With Marc Gafni teaching at the retreat center in New York, the topic of Unique Self was at the fore. Accordingly, several of the reflections were inspired by this teaching. Enjoy “Spark of Creation,” “In Your Faces,” and “May I Suggest.” … and there’s more to follow in the days ahead.

“Spark of Creation”

A Unique Self Prayer
By Liza Braude-Glidden

Spark of Creation, Beginning of Beginnings,
Let Your Holy Embodied Love live through each of us uniquely
Help us turn every event towards its best place in love’s mandala.

In Your sweet generosity, bring me all that’s uniquely mine,
To love, heal, create, destroy —
As You were in the beginning, so You unfold through me and blossom,

You hear my laughter, pain and joy. You know the name inside my name.
All of us can rest in You as You hold each beauty and sacrifice,
And Your love, personal, intimate and divine, always begins and never ends.

“In Your Faces”

A Unique Self Prayer
By Sue

In your faces, I know God
I look into your eye and see eternity
I know that Eden is on the Mountain
A place where each sings his or her song
A song of sorrow, of joy, of unending pain
A ripping of barriers so the melody so haunting
Draws me in, undulating voices carry me on their wave of singing sirens
Of vixens and goats, of chickens and hawks
All is one
Mother, Father, I am here to embrace and be embraced
So holy, so real that my smallness and my infinite cannot take it in
Each of you, so special, a vessel holding and beholding the holy
I don’t know if I can bear it, knowing each of you in your unique self
Instruments of the divine, each of you a gift sent into the world
My head explodes with the reality of it all
Blessings to each of us who dare to explore the holy I and We
- Sue

“May I Suggest”

A Unique Self Reflection
By Susan

There is a hope
That’s been expressed in you
The hope of seven generations, maybe more
And this is the faith
That they invest in you
It’s that you’ll do one better than was done before
Inside you know
Inside you understand
Inside you know what’s yours to finally set right
And I suggest
And I suggest to you
And I suggest this is the best part of your life

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