As you may know or have guessed, I'm deeply interested in not just prayer,
but the idea and power of collective prayer/intention.
That is, the energy that is created when a group holds a prayer or focus together for a time.
While nothing compares to the tangible act of gathering with others in the flesh,
there is amazing power, support and expansion within our online communities as well.
If you had told me that a few years ago, I would've been like, 'yeah, whatever.'
Even though it was a time in which I was also aching for a sense of connection I couldn't put my finger on, and yet couldn't seem to find directly around me.
But the last year and a half has changed my life and my perspective,
and I have formed some of the most profound, inspiring, life-changing, rich relationships of my life
with people who just *get* me (as if we always knew each other), here in this virtual landscape.
It is an amazing time to be alive,
and we are so blessed to live in a time with the abundance
that allows us to explore these connections
with people all over the world, if-when-and-how we choose.
In addition to all of that, I've begun to see a slow, gracious surfacing of interactions and bonding
in my non-virtual life as well,
just by opening myself to the possibility of new avenues toward intimacy and connection.
All of that is exactly why I'm going to begin offering an invitation to anyone interested,
once a month (at least through the rest of this year),
to join me in the creation of an expression of [prayer] art,
in which we all hold a similarly themed idea in heart,
while we contemplate/pray/meditate/connect with our own understanding of a Higher Power.
There's no religion or belief system required here.
No set ritual or dogma or formula.
No required materials to do it right, or prerequisites for participation.
No way to get it wrong.
Just a place, an idea for you to explore in the safety of your own timing and space,
yet with the support and knowledge of others doing the same.
What I see around me, and within me, is that
there are so many *big* issues in the world that we are exposed to via media and our lives everyday,
that tug at our hearts, that we share with others,
that we feel helpless or disconnected or lonely in response to....
and so much power in shifting that energy
to intentional reflection, reverence and creation,
that can replace those more difficult feelings
with a sense of belonging, healing, ease or empowerment.
I am now curious to expand this idea further by inviting others to [pray] and create [together].