“I’ve looked at your x-rays, and your teeth are fine,” the dentist said.

“That toffee didn’t do any harm?”

I read the look on his face. “I worry too much,” I said.

He nodded.

He’s right. I do worry too much. I saw my spiritual director last week with four worries orbiting my head. I listed them off.

“I think the common denominator is my fear of making mistakes,” I confessed. “Meanwhile God is expanding my universe. As I pay attention to what God has been doing, I notice a growing desire to be connected to others. I’m realizing oneness in God includes oneness with everyone.”

As we listened deeply to both realities, my director wondered what my concerns might be attached to. “Could the energy they consume be coming from your false self and its need to maintain a certain image?” she offered.

End of occultation of Jupiter by the Moon

I thought about it and listened to God in the silence. I felt like a planet. Gravity from my false self (the “me” I’ve constructed with its need for security, esteem and control) pulled me toward itself, while God drew me to a solar system that revolved around Love.

I felt those gravitational pulls recently. “I got a phone call and found out I’d done something terrible,” I told my director. “Of course I apologized right away. But after I hung up the phone, the urge to get down on myself and compensate for my actions was strong. I knew I needed to pray but couldn’t sit still, so I went for a bike ride. I didn’t hear God say anything. Then a few hours later, I saw the ‘terrible’ thing as simply a blind spot. As I turned to God and gave myself time, the pull to react and fix my reputation slowly lost its power over me.”

“And God? How was God with it all?”

I closed my eyes again and saw God’s arms encircling the universe.

Mystical elegance

 “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
–John 12:32 (NRSV)

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Love Mischief for the World

Love by Dustin Gaffke

Iris Challoner, Lola Kharma, Emily Collacott and Atania Kharma have formed a group called Humanity4Syrians to encourage groups and individuals to sponsor refugees from Syria. They held a meeting at Eagle Ridge United Church in Coquitlam, B.C. Tuesday night to provide information on the best way to get involved in resettling refugees. – See more 

What love mischief are you and God doing to care for the earth?
Let me know and I will include it in an upcoming post.

Credits and References:
“End of occultation of Jupiter by the moon” by Thomas Bresson. Used with permission.
“Night skies” by Sharen (on banner, not visible on home page). Used with permission.
“Mystical Elegance” by LLacertae. Used with permission.
“Love” by Dustin Gaffke. Used with permission.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2015.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013, 2014, 2015.

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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3 Responses to Gravity

  1. Dave Small says:

    Excellent post Esther and very encouraging. I too find “the fear of making mistakes” and the “pull”to “fix my reputation” a challenge. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  2. Esther Hizsa says:

    Thanks Dave. Did you see the eclipse of the moon last night? I am glad God can eclipse our false selves and reveal the “God of wonders beyond our galaxy.”


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