As many of you are aware I lead a contemplative group called ‘Desert Soul’ where we explore the mystic impulse that is a compelling call for each of our members. We have recently been thinking about how contemplative practice can deepen our creative gifts or indeed open us up to new ones which can sometimes surprise us.
At our last meeting one of our members shared with us his first ever attempt at creative writing. He has given permission for me to share this stunning hymn here.
The Universal Soul
Ere the Fall, before the Serpent
Ere the Apple and its Tree,
Dwelt the Soul in perfect Oneness
Knowing only Unity.
Knowing neither MInd nor Reason
There the Soul in Thus-ness dwelt
Happy Soul, in perfect Union
Then no separation felt
Now alas! She is fragmented;
Now Her perfect Union gone.
Blood of Jesus! Re-unite Her
Lead her back whence She has come.
Where there is no sound of discord.
Where there is no ‘Your’s nor Mine’.
But the Soul, restored to Oneness
Rests in Unity sublime. © Tom Foxon 2019
Desert Soul meets on Wednesday 5th June at 3.00pm in the Prayer Circle. Its been a while since I was last with you and I am very thankful to those who took on the leadership whilst I was away.
This week we will be taking a look at the stages of the mystic journey. These are variously described depending on different mystics but the stepping stones follow pretty much the same route.
At some point we will discuss ideas for our mini retreat which we could do in August…Please bring thoughts an ideas for this with you.
New comers always welcome. We meet on first and third Wednesdays at 3.00 but advisable to make contact with me first via Church contact page. Jayne
If you are local to the Tewkesbury area please watch out for a new group starting on the 1st Saturday of every month from 7th September at Tewkesbury Methodist Church
The inspiration for the name Viriditas comes from St Hildegard of Bingen, one of the great medieval Christian mystics who was a Benedictine abbess. She was a polymath with many gifts … a writer, composer, poet, philosopher, visionary, and is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. For Hildegard the term Viriditas perfectly captures the divine force of nature which she saw as the greening power bringing life, energy and healing. She was renowned for her work with herbal medicine but underpinning all of this was her profound love for creation and her understanding of the importance of caring for our planet.
In our monthly meetings will explore all aspects of Viriditas from engaging in Eco projects, within and beyond our church, that will ensure we play our part in caring for the planet – to discussions on creation spirituality, science and theology and Celtic and mystic perspectives on Creation. It is intended that we invite speakers, engage in activities and generally promote a healthy approach to our role as stewards of the created world.
All are welcome, just turn up bringing with you any ideas or thoughts on specific areas of interest or projects you are already involved with. At our first meeting we will share all of these and plan a programme together.
Look forward to seeing you, Jayne