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In the midst of his workaday world, tending his sheep, maybe half asleep, Moses comes upon a bush that is burning. I’ve often imagined myself coming face to face with this bush and the voice that calls from within, calling me by name. Heart pounding, every muscle tense, I’m ready to run away as fast as I can from this whatever it is. And yet, nearly frozen in place I lean in, full of wonder and awe, to get a better look, even removing my shoes as told, marking this moment as truly sacred.
For the past few years ReadTheSpirit.com has been my favorite, go-to online resource when I'm looking for new writers, culture reviews, and all things spiritual and artistic. RTS has introduced me to a huge variety of books, films, activists, music, art, and even culinary delights, that I might have overlooked or not ever been aware of. I'm grateful for the hard, creative work that David Crumm and his staff do for every issue.
Last spring I was invited by my dear friend Joanna Satorius to provide music for a gathering of clergy in the Diocese of Los Angeles. I've many friends in that diocese and I only get to see them a couple of times a year, so I was excited to be returning and was looking forward to reconnecting.
For today's blog I am going to refer you to the Read the Spirit website. Focused on spiritual diversity & cross-cultural issues, Read the Spirit is a publishing company, an online magazine, a network of writers & a growing community. David Crumm, the Read the Spirit editor, encouraged Fran to write a blog about what inspired him to create AwakeningSoul. Fran's blog is featured on the site this week. Check it out here:
Early this year, Fran talked with Jerry Wright about his preparations for the Modern Mind ~ Ancient Soul event. Last month, Fran and I traveled to Duke Divinity School to spend some time with Lauren Winner to do the same. With the magic of iPhones we captured lots of great video clips of both of them. We think we have put together a video that introduces both of them to you and will give you a taste of what we plan to offer.
Recently, at the end of an interview for a consulting job, one of the interviewers said to me “At another time, not now, I would love to hear how you got from engineering school to doing church consulting and dream work.” My career path has certainly not been a linear path up a ladder. It is not at all what I would have expected 33 years ago when I entered the corporate world. It has had twists and turns and has led to unexpected places.
AwakeningSoul is, at its core, about providing sanctuary, sustenance and inspiration. I thought I might share a bit of what's been inspiring me... filling me over the past few weeks, as we look forward to gathering in November for 'Modern Mind ~ Ancient Soul.'
This week I have been doing a Spring Cleanse with a group of women across the country. Susan Warner has orchestrated this effort. Susan is a certified health and wholeness coach and an old family friend. Earlier this winter I was the guinea pig as she fine tuned her program on addiction to sugar – it was very helpful for me. So, when she suggested the Spring Cleanse I jumped on it.