Homework week # 4


Barn's burnt down, now I can see the moon.

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. Rumi

Via negativa. In depth psychology, we "build" down, not up. Dreams are a work on the ego. We learn a non-literal, non-egoic perspective on ourselves and life.


Where in your life is destruction taking place? What aspect of you is being worked on?

Make an artpiece, write a story, etc.

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  • Thank you so much Nelle, for your presence and wisdom in the course. What a gorgeous way of holding tragedy and how it transfigures us. All blessings your way, Nina

  • Sorry I won't be able to join you today.  I am travelling and not available.  Thank you for the course and good prompts for reflection.  I love the reflection by Rumi for today's homework.  One comment about the first thing that popped up when I started on today's reflection is that the principal barn-burning in my life happened 30 years ago because of living through a tragic family difficulty.  The growth in my deep awareness of God in Christ at work in my life and the world prompted by this impasse was especially intense for the first fifteen years or so and has really never stopped.  So, in a sense, I have been "looking at the moon" every since:  sometimes waxing, sometimes waning, sometimes full, sometimes not visible because of its cycle or temporary cloud cover.  But now I know the Holy Spirit is always there; it is only a question of my awareness, not of God's Presence.

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