The Longest Journey
with Deborah Rundlett
A 7-week Self-Directed Journey
Starts Tuesday, September 7, 2021
The longest journey is the journey inward.Dag Hammarskjöld
There has been much written about finding our true north. But, what if the longest journey is the journey inward? What if, it is not a compass pointing outward, but a nautilus that calls us first to a movement inward, that we might move outward with clarity and integrity?
The nautilus has long drawn me. Symbol of grace and renewal, of order amidst chaos. If indeed, chaos is the raw ingredient, then order is found in the spiral journey of intention. This journey asks of us full engagement with self that we might fully engage with our world.
Just as each chamber of the nautilus follows sacred geometry, so each week will draw from an ancient truth and practice to guide us on the journey. Just as the nautilus mirrors the Fibonacci sequence, where each number in the sequence is the sum of the last two numbers, we will look at the sum of our actions through the lens of these practices, drawing inward that we might move outward with mindfulness, compassion and hope (to which we add a dash of playfulness). The nautilus is a logarithmic spiral producing a living fossil. How might the inward and outward journey of our lives produce a living witness?
The Shape of Our Journey
Over the next seven weeks, we will engage a cycle of call that invites us to:
- Release/morpho: Transform Degree by Degree
- Risk/kenosis: The Art of Negative Capability
- Remember/pisteuo: Beyond Belief
- Receive/pneuma: The Breath
- Revelation/kairos: Connect soul with Source
- Relate/perichoresis: Enter the Dance
- Reclaim/Shalom: Flourish!
There is no financial cost for this journey. Only the commitment to engage the work of soul for the care of people and planet.
Will we repeat the past or commit to shaping a future out of the intersection of personal transformation, innovation, and systemic change?
Long ago, Dag Hammarskjöld noted that the longest journey is the journey inward. Too often, we allow our outer life to distract us from the most important work we can do, the inner work that informs the whole of our lives. It’s time to do that work for the soul of our leadership! Each Tuesday, you will receive a reflection, journal questions, and a practice.
Pilgrimage 2021 Workshops
Just as you would never run a marathon without training, you would never embark on a pilgrimage without preparation. Taking a pilgrimage involves physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditioning. In preparation for the 2021 Pilgrimage, we are offering spring workshops and an online retreat to explore self, power, and community.
The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of contemporary violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone and everything is to succumb to the violence of our times.Thomas Merton
Engaging Power for the Common Good
Explore what it means to own and engage our power, so that we might harness it with intention. Join Alicia on a journey beyond achievement and success to a stance in which power comes from your inner core that you might lead from your soul. Herein, lies the invitation to reclaim your purpose in the work of love and justice. February Thursdays, 5-6pm, EST. To register.
Welcoming the Stranger
Deborah Rundlett with global voices
Radical hospitality calls us to welcome the stranger in on a daily basis. Hospitality is not a subtle invitation to adopt the life style of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find his or her own. This calls for us to welcome the stranger: within ourselves, our neighbors, our world? Over the next four weeks, we invite you to welcome the stranger through four curated conversations that invite each of us, with humility and creativity, to create a new field of possibility. March Thursdays, 5-6pm, EST. To register.
Online Retreat with Anita Howard
Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10am-1pm, EST
What does it mean to be a just and loving community? In the 1950s-’60s Martin Luther King, Jr. championed social action aimed at creating The Beloved Community, a global community of caring where poverty, hunger, and injustice are no more. In the wake of the COVID pandemic and post-George Floyd era, the structure of community is being challenged and forged anew. This journey explores what it means to be a beloved community today, and steps we might take to create it. To register.
Answer the Call
Together, we are Poets & Prophets!