Today in Meeting a long time member shared a message about how she had a "Wow" moment when she first got connected to God in a Quaker meeting and how now that she is close to God those "Wow" moments are rare.
When I consider my relationship to the Gathered Quaker Meeting and making a direct connection to God -- I frankly wonder how that happened. Something "Wow" must have happened but I don't know what?
It was quiet.
As I excavate my approach to God I can only come to one conclusion: I experienced a spiritual awakening in the presence of people listening for God. THE GATHERED MEETING.
And what is amazing is that I hardly noticed it. I only know that something stirred in me and I needed to return.
I could say that, for me, my WOW moment initially was mostly unconscious and to this day is still building to a wider experience of spirituality, integrity, community, equality and peace.
What was only a dim experience at first has only continued to brighten as I seek to deepen that initial stirring. And while it is probably different for each person, I sort of like the constant unfolding to deeper and deeper levels. It reminds me of peeling an onion -- the deeper you go the more robust the smells and flavors.
After meeting today the queries I am left with are:
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