Gregory Stevens

How Can We Turn Information into Transformation?

Gregory StevensEach month in this section of the Spire, I will be asking, “How can we turn information into transformation?” In searching for a response to this question, I won’t be highlighting our wonderfully long straight-white-male tradition. Rather I’d like us to look to the margins of our own tradition and to the rich variety of other spiritual traditions. I hope this diversity in spiritualties, theologies, and practices help illuminate the Christ within your own heart. For this first practice, let’s look to the Interreligious Center for Compassionate Living at the Claremont School of Theology and their guided meditation for multi-faith engagement.

Anchor yourself in whatever way you have found most helpful. Perhaps with attention to your breathing or some other physical experience; or allowing yourself to dwell interiorly with a Sacred Presence or in a sacred place; or immersing yourself in music, sacred words, or memories.

Ask yourself: What seemed least…freeing…inviting…gracious…loving…in my day?”

  • Let your mind wander across the day and settle on what it will.

 Ask yourself: What seemed most…freeing…inviting…gracious…loving…in my day?”

  • Let your mind wander across the day and settle on what it will.

 Ask yourself: What grace or gift is offered to me through considering these questions?

  • Note to yourself what emerges in response.

 Ask yourself: What invitation is there for me in all of this?

  • Note to yourself what emerges in response.

 Offer a prayer in response to what has come to you in this time or express your response in some other way, a way that seems appropriate for you.  

Gregory Stevens

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