Prayers from a Planetary Pilgrim

In February of 2014 I went to live in a cabin by the woods for four days by myself. I was doing some soul searching and looking for answers, and I found more than I bargained for.

The cabin was run by a Catholic organization, and although I grew up and was confirmed Catholic, I am no longer an active member of the church. My search for spirituality brought me to all different religions and churches, and finally settled with me being content having a personal relationship with the divine. (Thanks, yoga.)

Yet while I was there, a book, left on the nightstand, snagged my attention. Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim. The book has daily prayers and rituals – morning and evening – for every season, for mundane activities (cleaning the house and using the restroom has a prayer – no lie), and suggestions for ceremonies at each eqinox.

The book is Christain, no doubt, as it regularly references Jesus, and Catholic as well. But I have never seen any Christain book that has so many references to space, to the cosmos, to such beautifully written prayers. I have never seen such an expression of gratitude underlying each prayer rather than fear.

For example, the Thursday morning fall prayer goes like this:

“The darkness of outer space retreats as the earth turns full-face toward the sun-star, the flaming heart of our solar family. Having risen from sleep, my daily shadow of death, I greet this new autumn day in the joy of resurrection. Blessed are you, Holy Parent, who awakens your children to light. Fill my heart with light as I now enter the shrine of my heart to be one with you, my God.” (Period of silent prayer or meditation.)

It goes on, following a personal prayer or spiritual reading, as well as a request to “open my eyes this day to the splendor of your creation, now dressed in autumn colors. Enflame my imagination as you peel back the scabs of cynicism from my eyes, so that I might see your holiness ablaze at the tip of every branch and alive in every autumn leaf.” And so on.

I became so enamored with this book and the beauty of its words during my retreat, and I used it daily. I asked to purchase a copy, and when the director couldn’t find one, he gave me the copy from the cabin as mine to keep.

Anytime I need to find routine, to get back into a space of gratitude and to realize my smallness in the beauty of our world, I come back to this book. It helps me to remember the trivialness of my earthly, human existence and is a reminder of the vastness of our space, of our universe, and reminds me that I’m just a tiny speck of stardust amidst something so large and complex that we will never wrap our brains around in this human lifetime.

And while that sounds sad, it is ever so reassuring – the emptiness, the vastness, the beauty, the creation.

So today I express thanks to our universe, to the divine who created all of this beauty, and to my spiritual retreat center and director who gave me such a beautiful reminder daily of what it means to be human.

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Amie is a human. She teaches yoga and writes and writes about yoga. She is not perfect, and she embraces her imperfections and writes about them here: www.amyisahuman.com.

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And I want to introduce you to something even MORE beautiful and amazing and satisfying than any book or religion or god of the sun as in: ““The darkness of outer space retreats as the earth turns full-face toward the sun-star, the flaming heart of our solar family. Having risen from sleep, my daily shadow of death, I greet this new autumn day in the joy of resurrection. Blessed are you, Holy Parent, who awakens your children to light” which is clearly speaking of Ra, the sun god, the god of roman catholicism…I would like to introduce you to the God of gods, the Creator of the sun and moon and amazing universe and spiritual beings in the realm of heavens: Jesus the Christ, who is counterfeited by satan to be a mere sun god or a false morning star, and Parents who awaken children to counterfeit light that leads them astray from the true Light that enlightens all human beings. With the REAL Holy Spirit, we die with Jesus to “human being” and resurrect with Christ Jesus to eternal life and are drawn up with the ascended Jesus to be seated with him on his heavenly throne. We are not to conform to the world and world religions and spirituality, but conform to the image of the Son (not the sun or stars) and Christ is formed IN US. We are WAY more than human in Christ, Christ in us! We are the image and likeness of God and because of what Jesus did, we can have all that he was given: all power and authority in heaven and on earth now and forever and ever. There is no more death, sin or tribulation in Christ, Christ in us! This is the Good News!! God bless you!! ~Yvonne

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