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Circumambulating Perigrinatio

9/23/2021 | Liz Walz, ASP - Executive Director

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At Genesis, we believe every person is a seed of God. The mission of Genesis is to nourish the seed toward full maturity.

 

Dear Seed of God,

Sometimes, a calling begins with inner restlessness. A disquiet or tension, perhaps even an irritation. In the ups and downs of the day-to-day, it is easy to chalk these up to the ordinary trials and tribulations of daily life. Certainly, growing in maturity requires cultivating the ability to hold fast during turbulent times, not jumping ship at every inconvenience or upset.

Other times, a calling begins with a dream. A vision or fantasy, perhaps even an irrational and wild idea. In our dominant cultural attitude of practicality, sensibility, and security, making a radical change with an uncertain outcome can be ill-advised. It can be frightening to say “yes.”

And still other times, a calling begins with love. The kind of love that leaves an ache and a longing after conversation ends. Love that enkindles a burning and yearning for more, even as one recognizes the fire is hot, perhaps at times will be too hot.

When the three of these weave a braid, intensity grows, becomes unmistakable. The grieving process begins, letting go of what is to make room for what will be.

Such has been my experience over the past several months. My Yes requires leaving my role as Executive Director of Genesis, which I will do on January 1, 2022, to embark on a year of nomadic sabbatical, circumambulating perigrinatio. Circumambulation, a term coined by Carl Jung, describes a process of moving around an object or concept in order to view it from different perspectives and perceive layers of depth. Perigrinatio is an ancient Irish form of pilgrimage where, called by the love of God, one gets into a small boat and throws away the oar, allowing the winds and the currents to carry them to the place of their resurrection, their next incarnation of service to the community, the world.

I have purchased a small, used motorhome. Every month in 2022, I will visit my mom and family in Kansas. And every month, I will journey – to the home of a friend; to a forest, meadow or body of water; a retreat center, monument, or labyrinth. I will make room for my studies and for my own spiritual practices, including embodiment and creative expression. And we will see what unfolds.

I look forward to returning to Genesis to coordinate and manage the School for Contemplative Living in April, June, August and October 2022. If you or someone you know is interested, please check the Genesis website for an application. The Executive Committee of Genesis is compiling a job description and will be conducting a search for the next Executive Director of Genesis. Please keep their endeavors and the Genesis community in your prayers.

 

With gratitude in Providence,

Liz Walz, ASP

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

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