This is what I had planned for tonight. If you would go ahead and do this, it will still work in this format.
Opening from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran:
On Reason and Passion
"And the priestess spoke again and said: Speak to us of Reason and Passion.
And he answered saying:
Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.
If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is aflame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the heights of passion, that it may sing;
And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.
I would have you consider your judgment and your appetite even as you would two loved guests in your house.
Surely you would not honor one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one lose the love and faith of both.
Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white populars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows--then let your heart say in silence, 'God rests in reason.'
And when the storm comes, and the mighty winds shakes the forest, and thunder and lightening proclaim the majesty of the sky,--then let your heart say in awe, 'God moves in passion.'
And since you are a breath in God's [or Goddess, Universe, energy, nothingness, or etc.] forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion." (pp. 55-57)
Jesse: Let us rest for a few moments and feel how reason and passion moves within our body, our soul, our being.
Jesse: Now grab the book closest to you. Close your eyes and ask 'In what ways do I drink from the well of passion that provides the sails for my soul?' With your eyes still closed, open the book and place your finger on the page. Now, read the sentence that your finger is on. [Later, type this sentence, including author, title, and page number to send to the group]. See what message might be contained in this sentence to guide your question.
After sitting with your question and answer, go pick out a book where the cover, the spine, or something about its appearance captivates your attention.
Jesse: Close your eyes and ask the question 'As I walk the path of reason, in what ways does it provide the rudder to my soul?' Now, with your eyes still closed, open the book and place your finger upon a page. Read the sentence or look at the image that your finger is on. Contemplate what the message might be for your question. [You will also want to type this sentence up with citation to send to the group.]
Again, after contemplation we come to the final question. Put your dominate hand on the book you chose for its cover, put you non-dominant hand on the book your chose for its proximity. Now, with your eyes closed ask the question, How might reason and passion, acting as rudder and sails for my soul, come together in my quest to discover prosperity, in the way I most need prosperity in this moment, in order to live a life that is fulfilling?' With each hand open the book it is resting upon and place a finger from each hand on the page. These two sentences provide guidance to your question. [And, number this as question #3 and write each sentence with citation, page number being most important].
Give yourself time to feel the guidance, to see what meaning might be made from the answers.
For our Ending:
Provide the sentence for each question labeled with question number, providing citation (I am most concerned with page number). I would love these by end of day Saturday as I will do something with them for the co-created ending for our group. And, hopefully, in this way both Bonnie and James can do this exercise and respond also.
I hope that this gives you some insight or at least was fun.