Friday, June 7, 2019

We Are One

In her 1980's ground-breaking book, The Aquarian ConspiracyMarilyn Fergusoninvokes the power of the imaginal cell that is present in all living things. This primary cell holds the image of the fully grown organism and the innate life force of that organism continues to grow it into its full being-ness. It is this life force that holds the full potential of a giant oak tree within a tiny acorn, that allows a crawling caterpillar to transform into a colorful butterfly fluttering through the sky.
As we each take our journey of becoming, life circumstances sometimes get in the way of us growing into our own fullness. As you read the piece below from the poet Rilke, I invite you to feel how he encourages us to move our life force toward the soul, the heart of who we truly are, the imaginal cell, which lives in each of us, though we sometimes forget its presence.
"I want to beg you, as much as I be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."

If you have been present in the Circle recently you are seeing, feeling, experiencing the process of transformation.  The Cosmic Mass, Angel's ordination, the Spiritual Leadership Training, last Sunday's Cosmic Circle, Rudi's recovery...all of this is part of the process of growth and change. These are all part of living into the questions of who we are and who we are becoming as a community. 

For each of you, each of us, we are all present in the imaginal cell that lives at the heart of the Celebration Circle.  We are grateful you have chosen to join us on the journey to who we truly are, as individuals and as a spiritual community. Whether you are with us on Sundays, Wednesdays, watching livestream, reading our words online or sitting alone watching your own breath, please remember that We Are One.
In joy,

THANK YOU for holding the Circle in your heart by visualizing a generous flow of financial abundance. Thank you for supporting us as we continue our work of fostering a creative, inclusive approach to spirituality. We are deeply grateful.

Sunday, June 2, 2019


     In Celebration Circle, we often speak, sing and meditate about our connection to Mother Earth, as an integral part of our spiritual growth. There is real power in employing ritual space and spiritual principles to explore our connection to the Earth and focus on a sustainable future for our precious planet.
     But it's also important to take concrete actions, to do our part to create that sustainable future on the physical plane by choosing to recycle, reducing consumption of material goods and fossil fuels, re-thinking our "foodprint" and becoming more mindful of our personal lifestyle choices. In a very real sense, every dollar we spend -- or don't spend -- is a direct vote on the nature of our relationship with the earth.
     Speaking of voting... if you are a registered voter who lives in San Antonio, I strongly urge you to vote in the current mayoral runoff election. Among other things, this election is a direct referendum on what environmental policies and actions the City of San Antonio will or won't act on in the near future. Of course, I can't  tell you how to vote, but I do want to remind you that the two candidates have very different approaches to environmental policies -- and that your vote matters. Historically, local run-off elections are often marked by low voter turnout and can be decided by just a handful of votes. Please make your voice heard.
     Early Voting continues through June 4, and and Election Day is June 8. Please consider voting early, when you can easily cast your ballot at any one of a number of locations, rather than waiting till Election Day, when lines may form at your local polling station, and unforeseen circumstances might keep you from getting there. For information about polling places and times, check the official Bexar County Elections website by clicking here
      In closing, I'd like to share a story about Mahatma Gandhi, who was getting on board a train that was just about to leave the station, when one of his shoes slipped off his foot and fell to the ground. The train began moving, and unable to retrieve his shoe safely, Gandhi quickly took off his other shoe, and threw it out the door, where it landed near the first shoe. His companion was taken aback, and asked him about it, to which Gandhi replied, "Whoever finds that one shoe will now have a pair that he can use."
     This story asks us to ask ourselves, again and again: "What small, simple actions can I take today that help make the world a better place?"  

With gratitude and blessings, 
     Rudi Harst

THANK YOU for holding the Circle in your heart by visualizing a generous flow of financial abundance. Thank you for supporting us as we continue our work of fostering a creative, inclusive approach to spirituality. We are deeply grateful.