Nourishing My Metal Energy - Or What I Did On VacationPosted: Oct 10th, 2013
Last week I told you about my travel plans to the Pacific Northwest to attend the Interspirituality Conference. I will write about the conference here not only because many of you will ask about my trip, but because I intended to write about the Metal element this week, and my trip was deeply nourishing to my own Metal energy. Physical and spiritual inspiration, and experiences of our connection to the larger picture are dimensions to the Metal element, the element that is most vividly expressed by nature in the autumn.
The Dawn of Interspirituality Conference was hosted by the Satyana Institute in the beautiful Cascadian Center in Seattle. The Center is creating opportunities to develop the new interspirituality that embraces practitioners of ancient wisdom traditions. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Yoga, Buddhism, and Native American spirituality were represented by ordained clergy from these faiths, as were practitioners who are part of multiple traditions, and also practitioners who identify as spiritual but not religious (SBNR). Many young people were present to create a beautiful inter-generational mix that extended the dialogue in interesting ways and was clearly valued by their elders.
I sat in a group of four, sharing my spiritual biography and current challenges with a Catholic nun from India, an American yoga practitioner/peace activist and a Canadian multi-faith mystic. In circles of 10, we shared our answers to the question "Does spiritual authority exist, and if so, who has it?" This circle included the head of the Lutheran churches of Denmark, a holocaust survivor who has become a Christian minister, a young German who embraces Native American spirituality, and a social activist Mennonite. We created much appreciation for one another in our differences and our shared commonality.
As I write this, the break out sessions that stand out from the five days of the conference include those on esoteric knowledge of women's bodies as conduits of light, devotional singing and how to access our authentic or essential voice, and musical improvisation with flutes and singing bowls. Memories of much laughter from the imams and rabbis and the quiet joy of the swamis linger with me. I saw old friends and made new friends from Ireland and South Africa and India and, as the only Midwesterner in attendance, enjoyed meeting many new friends from the east and west coasts.
I return to Columbia feeling challenged to incorporate the inspiration shared with me and greatly encouraged by this experience of community. My Metal has been nourished!