“I would love to live as a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding”
What would it be like to let go of your own agenda and let yourself be led by the Spirit? I’m quite sure my first response would be a sigh of relief, followed quite quickly by fear of not being in control.
For Celtic monks, the letting go was quite literal. In little boats called coracles, the saints would set off — without a destination — and without oars or rudders to guide them. This practice was called “peregrinatio por Christo” meaning “to wander for the love of Christ.” The monks trusted they would be carried on “divine currents of love” to the place of their resurrection, a place where their gifts could be brought fully to life.
As Christine Valters Paintner writes: “In this profound practice God becomes destination and way, companion and guiding force. God is the call to the journey and the unfolding of the journey, and God greets us at journey’s end.” *
And LOVE is always the inspiration for the journey.
The season of autumn is a perfect time to contemplate such letting go: how we are called deeply in our spirit to become one with God’s all-embracing love, falling into the arms of the Divine Holder and Healer.
It can be scary to let go of our tightly-held agendas and apparent control. But letting go makes space for God to bring us to our own resurrection place – a place of new life, beyond our imagining.
God’s current is a gentle stream and we can bring all of ourselves (fears and hurts, desires and hopes) into our little coracle, trusting we will be held and guided within the current of Love — which has always held us.
*Christine Valters Painter, “The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred.”