We have just returned from a Unity Silent Retreat at the very beautiful, relaxing environment of Holland House in Pershore. As soon as we gathered together Friday evening, there was a deep, profound experience of stillness and peace in the room. We had all made the choice to be there and experience 36 hours of silence through not speaking, to give our minds, bodies and hearts some rest. As soon as we came together we slipped into Presence, into peace.
When we choose to do something that we feel really strongly we want to do, it is relatively easy to follow through. And most often (though not always) all of life falls into place to help us do this, especially when the choice is of a spiritual nature.
I experienced this when I made the conscious choice, back in 1992, to sell the one thing I had, my little red car, to pay to go to seminary training in Virginia Beach. Everything fell into place to enable me to be there – I knew without doubt this was the higher call of Spirit. It is when we are resisting, or fighting, this higher call that our struggles begin.
Most of us as human beings are taught not to look too deeply into life. Instead we are taught to work hard and do all we can to support ourselves with a good job, home and family life. However my experience is that the real joy of living comes when we look for a deeper meaning to life, where the real nurturing Presence or Spirit is experienced. To be with a group of people who have chosen to connect with the deeper part of themselves at a silent retreat, amplified the experience of stillness and peace, and we all felt the benefit.
““You will decide on a matter and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28
How often do you go within and ask yourself, is this my human desire wanting something, or is it Spirit nudging me to move in a direction that is good for everyone, not just me? It takes a lot of conscious practice to listen for the voice or guidance of Spirit, as it truly is the ‘still small voice within’. And it can take courage and strength to follow through.However, as we practice listening for the will or guidance of God, we come to know that Spirit has only our good in mind. Many of us, while in the silence last weekend, wrote words of wisdom and experienced a deeper peace, because we had made space for God.
Our challenge, especially in our busy lives, is to learn to hear the difference between the voice for self and the Voice for All. However, as we do, we truly experience a deeper, more profound meaning to life. We feel a deeper connectedness to Spirit and to each other, as well as our Self. Sitting in the quietness of meditation and learning to take the mind
beyond thought, is the best tool we have to connect us to our good, our joy, our peace.
I invite you to make the conscious choice of peace – to take time in silence and stillness to get beyond the non-stop thinking mind and feel Spirit, or then, as Jesus did,
“… not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
Join us at this year’s Silent Unity Retreat at Holland House, Friday 26th- Sunday 29th July.
Taking time out to develop our relationship with God, with the Christ, with our own creative and divine nature, is our best gift to ourselves.
In the peaceful environment of Holland House Retreat Centre, we will pray, meditate, walk in nature and eat together in silence. In a sacred space of faith, we can come to know that we are held in Grace, forever loved and connect with who we really are.