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Opening to Transformation

by Beth Richardson on June 29, 2014 · 8 comments

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By Flora Slosson Wuellner

The Christ stands among us in risen power. Relax your body, your heart in that presence. Breathe slowly and deeply the breath of the new life. Then just breathe naturally.

With the knowledge that God’s tenderness enfolds you, ask yourself if something within you is afraid, even of God. Does some part of you want to hide behind closed doors, away from intimacy, away from new ways of being healed, new ways of living? Is there something in you that does not want to be looked at?

Picture or just think of that part of you hiding like Jesus’ disciples in the locked room, seeking protection from something that is hard to face. Does this wish to hide stem from some shock, fear, betrayal of trust, abuse, fear of rejection? an incident long ago or recent?

Think of or picture that locked place as filled with gentle light, with a presence that does not force open the door but still is with you, bringing comfort. This presence may feel like someone you know and utterly trust.

Warmth fills you. The fear and reluctance begin slowly to move away. The door is still locked. You are free to choose. But the door itself is being healed. You are not rebuked or shamed. Trust often grows slowly.

A gift is already being given you — God’s own Spirit. God believes in you and says: “When you are ready to come forth, I have special work for you, special places for you to go. And I will be with you at every step.”

Rest and breathe quietly, letting the light and the empowered gift begin to grow in your inner room, in your heart.

If you feel ready, let that inner, hidden part of you open the door and come forth. If you are not yet ready for this step, know that the healing light will continue to shine in quiet power in your room until the lock itself is healed. When the time is right, you will move forth in hope and joy.

Rest quietly, giving thanks that God’s healing and transforming light already shines deep within you.
When you are ready, notice your steady, quiet breathing. Lightly massage your face and hands, and gently leave your meditation.

From Miracle by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 2008 by the author. Used with permission from Upper Room Books.

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