The Most Essential Relation

by Christopher Lovejoy on August 11, 2018

holding the space (through presence),
making the time (to bless and express),
letting it flow, as required (with devotion),
I open myself up to the play of worship,
to the play of adoration and reverence

Back in the summer of 2016, when I was tapping, tuning, and tasting the many and various energies of the Goddess, I saw fit to publish a series of posts on my relationship with Her, offering perspectives from different angles that paid homage to the divine feminine spirit.

In this post, I have seen fit to broaden my purview. The following protocol for being and becoming contains a worshipful intent that includes everyone and everything in the one infinite Creation, one that carries no bias for the Goddess and one that holds no bias against God.

Holding the space (through presence), making the time (to bless and express with the appropriate care and generosity), and letting it flow, as required (with devotion), I open myself up to the play of worship, to the play of adoration and reverence, in the following nine fine ways:

1) immersion (in sublime natural beauty, harmony, majesty)
2) contemplation (with heartfelt devotion to object or subject)
3) sensation (through awe and splendor, intimacy and ecstasy)

4) tradition (by way of symbol and ritual, structure and closure)
5) abstention (in solitude and simplicity, austerity and reclusivity)
6) comprehension (in the depths of understanding and realization)

7) interaction (in loving, learning, giving, caring, and sharing)
8) suggestion (with a view towards repentance and salvation)
9) celebration (of mystery with movement, joy, and excitement)

I elaborate as follows, inviting you to be worthy of worship:

  1. immersion (in sublime natural beauty, harmony, majesty): I feel most comfortable bringing a sense of reverence to the one infinite Creation by immersing myself in the natural world, by observing its manifest beauty and harmony, by taking a stroll through the woods, hiking up and down a mountain, exploring an open meadow, meandering along the shore of a remote beach ~ tapping and tasting the vast magical mysteries of the one infinite Creation through Mother Nature.
  2. contemplation (with heartfelt devotion to object or subject): When I bring a sense of reverence to the contemplation of any natural facet of the one infinite Creation, I bring through a devotional love that runs deep and true, by sitting or standing in a remote locale buoyed by the starkness of stillness, closing my eyes, and raising my arms as an offering, with true acceptance of its many blessings, with a total allowance of its many appearances and manifestations, objects and subjects.
  3. sensation (through awe and splendor, intimacy and ecstasy): Losing myself in a sense of awe, by way of the senses, for the wonder and splendor of the one infinite Creation, is another one of my favorite ways of giving the Creation its due. I think immediately of the film Baraka (Blessing), which I’ve experienced more times than I can count. No other artistic film that I know of at this time conveys the novelty, variety, and majesty of Creation like this one ~ a true feast for the senses.
  4. tradition (by way of symbol and ritual, structure and closure): Having my own sacred space within which to meditate and contemplate is a blessing; it is here that I get to choose the objects that symbolize what means the most to me and it is here that I get to choose which rituals have the most meaning for me. In creating my own tradition for the sake of worship from the many daily acts of worship that I perform with care and devotion, I affirm the value, worth, and meaning of being.
  5. abstention (in solitude and simplicity, austerity and reclusivity): Beyond the liturgy (formal, public acts of worship), beyond the trappings of religious ceremony, beyond the clamor that fills much of this world, give me instead a sublime taste of the one infinite Creation in solitude and simplicity, in blessed stillness, listening to the Great Silence of the Void inside the Womb of the one infinite Creation. Leave me alone when I recline on the grass in the shade of a tree under a clear blue sky.
  6. comprehension (in the depths of understanding and realization): In this one infinite Creation, there is knowledge and then there is knowing. The heart of soul embodies a knowing that the head can only ever acknowledge from afar. For the heart, intellection and intuition skip and jump hand and hand, not unlike two lovers meeting with an unexpected laughter. In a sudden burst of celebratory ecstasy from the very depths of understanding and realization, intellection and intuition are not two.
  7. interaction (in loving, learning, giving, caring, and sharing): In meeting and greeting others where they are, I give, care, and share where giving, caring, and sharing feel true, good, and right. In meeting and greeting the other where it is, I give, care, and share of myself where the giving, caring, and sharing feel true, good, and right. Where the relation between subject and object offers insight into who I am, the relation between subject and subject offers insight into who we are.
  8. suggestion (with a view towards repentance and salvation): I remain ever willing to worship the one infinite Creation with others, to share in its majesty and mystery, to understand it as much as realize it, and to find common cause with those who would approach it through symbol and ritual. I am even willing to consider finding common cause with those who would gently, subtly insist on bringing repentance and salvation to those in need of guidance with suggestions for improvement.
  9. celebration (of mystery with movement, joy, and excitement): I bring my worship of the Creation to life in the sacred imagination, through many ways and means, as a Way to personalize my gratitude and appreciation for being and becoming an infinitely worthy, deserving, valuable, capable, indispensable part of the Creation as a whole. Through ecstatic movements and moments, I join with the Creation to inspire myself to worship its life in a celebration of its depthless mysteries.

In perusing these perennial possibilities and opportunities for inclusive service and worship, the wandering soul at its spiritual peak realizes, in and with and through and from Source consciousness, that “I am just one more version of you” and “you are just one more version of me.”


This post has been filed under Ideal in the Ultimate Outline.

Note: my evolving outline on approaching a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment can be found here, accessible from the nav menu under the page “Be Here Now”.

Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective

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