At the Top
The second day of the gathering, after breakfast, everyone met together for meeting for worship. As I was sitting in worship, I had the sense that ‘God had called this meeting’ and that God had called it for the purpose of our ‘naming the spiritual condition of the world.’ I felt my heart pounding in my chest. I desired to be faithful, but I hesitated to share what I had heard. My sense of the message was that it was big and might be difficult for people to hear. I decided that I would only speak it if I was pushed to my feet or if it seemed to be in unity with the other spoken ministry.
I listened to the other messages. They seemed to be going a different direction. My heart stopped pounding so urgently. In the meantime, I received other pieces associated with the message:
When I told Glee Lumb, my daughter-in-law, about next year’s WCTS Gathering following a leading that arose in this year’s first annual gathering “to name the spiritual condition of the world,” her response was that she had seen others trying to do that, too.
First she led me to the Burning Man website, which describes an annual gathering of tens of thousands of participants in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. For one week they create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. When they depart one week later, they leave no trace whatsoever. There are Ten Principles. Here are three of them:
During the First Annual Gathering of Friendly Mystics, I heard that we were being called to “name the spiritual condition of the world.” Mariellen later encouraged me to share the story of that leading. Given that the story is somewhat long, I have split it into parts and removed some of the less relevant and most personal details.
As I sat down to write this story, an image-feeling came to me; it was of energy radiating from a center. I realized that it was a representation of the calling — of the inward experience that led up to, composed, and followed it. Then I realized, from the side view, that the image of radiating energy looked like a mountain. So I will share the story as it happened chronologically but urge you to keep in mind that inwardly it was like climbing a mountain.
The Climb Up