186 Alignment? Aligning with Emergence and Grace

Alignment is just being me in the best way I know how. Sometimes that does not look very spiritual.

This retreat theme puzzles me, even after several days of working with it.  The art work on the journal page has a cascade of ivy, with a stem of the word “alignment” repeated down the center.

It might be that my definition of “alignment with spirit” is an area of weakness.  It’s probably more of an area of weakness in my ego and mind than in the unfolding of God’s truth, but isn’t that the game?  We become human and forget the depth of our connection to the Eternal, something that is so hard to comprehend with the mind. The truth is that we are the very cells of that God, playing out its game on a daily basis. This is exceptionally easy for me to say and type, and exceptionally difficult to hold in the mind.

Amber led us through the meditation and added her assignment.  When I look at the goal of alignment, I ponder what my sacred role is in the lives of the people around me.  No real action is required to be in alignment.  Alignment is just being me in the best way I know how.  Sometimes that does not look very spiritual.  Post pondering of those moments might be giving me higher awareness of the difference of being “in alignment” or needing to head to Les Schwab to get my tires straightened out.

I spend a lot of time working on alignment.  Lots of classes and retreats and spiritual meetings.  Amisha is still taking my tires off and twisting the suspension every week, in Reiki.  It’s like I just went to Les Schwab yesterday, but then chose to speed down the dirt road full of pot holes, so I need to go again.

Enlightenment, like Jesus/Buddha level enlightenment, is living aligned…or, living knowing you are aligned, even when the mind tries to say that you are not. 

I did my retreat homework.  I cleaned the shelves of my sacred space, the massive layer of dust.  I reorganized it.  I removed the water bottle and the nature’s food book.  I moved things around.  Peace.

I also reached out to the world a bit, did some of my deep, aligning work.  A good assignment brings us back into alignment.  They were good assignments.

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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