What was your first experience of the Divine?
Of a "presence" in your life?
Of Cosmic Connection?
Of Boundless Peace?
One of my earliest memories of the deep Alrightness of Life (God?) was through light. As a toddler I was drawn to sunlight coming through the living room window of my childhood home. The beams would shine through the pane, creating a bright, warm space on the carpet. I would lie down directly in the beam, close my eyes, and let myself be bathed in its warmth. Eyes open, I'd watch the dust motes dance through its gossamer path.
What did I feel?
Safety and comfort.
Awe and wonder.
A sense of the profound perfection of things.
A cosmic hug, deep rest.
I didn't have words for this experience at the time. I only knew it as how I felt. I felt held. By Something. Something greater than a simple sunbeam; an expression of Pure Beingness.
I loved this experience and would return to it again and again even as I grew older. My sense today is that it was a type of transcendent experience, one that drew me into the heart of the Universe in a loving way. And into knowing.
Knowing what connected me to Something greater than myself and trusting it. Following its lead and surrendering into it.
I tend to live my life this way. I listen deeply with my body to recognize That which offers comfort and safety. These initial sensations open me to More—to deep peace, then to heart expansion, ultimately resting in Divine Love for everything and everyone.
Following the path of sunbeams.
For Your Reflection:
• What was your first experience of "Connection"?
• How do you recognize the Sacred?
• How do you know that which is Real for you?
A safe and welcoming space to explore the unfolding nature of our spiritual journeys.
Dr. Janice Lynne Lundy (PsyD, DMin, MPC)
is The Gerald May Professor of Spiritual Direction & Counseling at the Graduate Theological Foundation. She is an interspiritual director/mentor, educator and counselor who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for nearly thirty years.