E-Pistle May 10

Some writers have suggested that a major contribution of the Abrahamic religions has been to replace a cyclical world view with a linear one in which humanity progresses toward an end time, one in which Christians look for the return of Christ.



Some writers have suggested that a major contribution of the Abrahamic religions has been to replace a cyclical world view with a linear one in which humanity progresses toward an end time, one in which Christians look for the return of Christ.
 
However, for 20th century theologian Paul Tillich, the Christ event was not the end of history but the center around which it revolves. In Christ we move beyond the confines of time to find that both the beginning of Creation and its conclusion are present together.
 
As one who works with mandalas, I am drawn to Tillich's theology. Mandalas are sacred circles that draw our attention to God and they are an integral part of Christian symbolism. We find them in our sanctuary carvings, on our altar cloths and many kneelers, and of course in our glorious rose window. The center point or "bindu" of a mandala serves as a kind of portal. Just meditating on a mandala or coloring one can draw us into our deepest Self, the place where we experience the loving presence of Christ in a way that transcends words.
 
Here at Saint Luke's there are several ways you can experience mandala meditation. Every Tuesday there is a Mandala Prayer Circle at Saint Elizabeth's Jubilee Center. All are welcome to join with our neighbors and color mandala ornaments to be taken home, given away, or hung on our mandala prayer tree. On the third Saturday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 in the Chapter Room, there is a class on Mandala Journaling as Spiritual Practice that examines the twelve life stages of the mandala Great Round. You will learn all sorts of techniques for using mandala to explore your inner life. And this summer, look for a workshop on the Flower of Life as a Christian Symbol.
 
Whether you join in the Mandala Prayer Circle at Saint E's, try out a mandala workshop, or just meditate on our rose window during worship, may you experience the loving presence and power of Christ as your bindu.
 
Linda Carleton
 
 

 

 
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Post Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017 4:48 PM