Charlotte A. Tomaino
“It is Jubilee Time, the trumpet has sounded the time for renewal and re-creation of ourselves.” When you enter the inner world of your own consciousness, the true creative process begins.
The Spirituality of Jubilee is an inner journey guided by reflection and discovery. As you take the time to go inward and reconnect with yourself, the insights and opportunities for choice and transformative action always emerge. In whatever way this call summons you or touches you, the intention is to open your heart and intrigue your brain for movement forward.
The past can become a burden when it remains unresolved. The goal now is to relieve our burdens. Physical, emotional and spiritual renewal is revealed in the sparks from the imagination, once again available, to know what you now love and want to live for. With that awareness, you have a choice to follow that which is life-giving on your own unique spiritual path of Jubilee.
The relationship you have with thought, with the content of consciousness, will determine your destiny. (Your thoughts shape your perception and interpretation of your life) Evolutionary Enlightenment by A. Cohen
An awakened brain and an awakened life means living from the inside vision of life desired, regardless of the outside circumstances. When the inner reality is stronger and more real than the outer reality, and you can act from your choice, you are entraining your brain and creating your life. (This is what Molly Rogers knew how to do, even in the Great Depression) Awakening The Brain: The Neuropsychology of Grace by C. Tomaino
Jubilee is a call to you, a sounding of the trumpet, an invitation to enter a new phase of your life. By spending this year together, designating some of your time and focus for a land you have chosen to lie fallow, you can engage in these simple and familiar ways of ‘practicing an attitude of reflection’. Choosing to focus on examination of where you are, harvesting what you have achieved, releasing what is no longer life-giving, and creating a new vision to live from awaits you. Entering your fallow land and crossing the threshold of your own past consciousness means opening yourself to observing, healing and choosing the life-giving possibilities to live from in the future. (Yes, there is always a future at any age, if we create it.)
Historically, entering the year of the Sabbath of all Sabbaths is a time to observe your past and present, reflect on your choices, create your present meaning from your past experience, discern what is finished and what is now calling, release what is over, forgive injustice which is limiting and diminishing you, liberate yourself and others from dysfunction, consider possibility that awaits you, choose what appeals to you, discover what satisfies you, renew yourself with life-giving action and recommit to a New Life in a New Land.
You shall count off seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the period of seven weeks of years give forty-nine years. Then you shall have the trumpet sounded loud: on the tenth day of the seventh month – the day of atonement- you shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land.
And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you; you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family.
That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; you shall not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. (Lev.25:8-12)
So, what will the Spirituality of Jubilee be for you? The following are questions to reflect on. Listen to the answers in your heart of hearts. Follow the call you alone are hearing.
Reflection Topics and Questions
How can you let the landscape of your life lie fallow, at times, to let your spirit regenerate like the tulip bulbs nourished by their fading leaves and the warm, moist spring earth after blossoming, so they can be strengthened to blossom once again?
- What will be your most meaningful practices to enter this inner journey?
- Where is a place you can go that brings you peace and ease so you can resonate with the Sacred?
- When is a time that you are undisturbed to reflect on your life and see clearly?
- How can you connect with nature that centers and restores you?
- How have you best reached an inner stillness where you can listen to your inner wisdom?
How will you hallow the landscape of your life in this exploration?
- Are there opportunities in your daily routines that offer the best conditions for an awareness of the Sacred?
- Do the sunrise, sunset, wind in the trees, or bird’s songs connect you with Sacred Space?
- Is there sacred music that calls you inward?
- Are there clothes, art, meaningful objects, fragrances or rituals that return your awareness to the inner world of a space for hallowed reflection?
Are you ready to move into a new consciousness of the Spirit in your day-to-day activities?
- What spontaneous spiritual practices have been natural and meaningful to you in the past and still call you?
- Are there simple prayers, mantras or focus on your breath that return your awareness to the Spirit / Life Force within and around you?
- What have you focused on during your day that has lifted your spirit and broadened your view?
- What keeps your awareness planted in your heart and soul?
Over the course of this year, let us join together as each of us move into a new consciousness of the unique spiritual landscape we have to explore and embrace / enter a state of grace / find our own contemplative center and discover deeper meaning in how we each want to live.
We each must select our own practices to enter into this opportunity that will bring a new consciousness to our lives. We were trained in our ‘spiritual formation’ to practice an awareness of the presence of God in silence, focusing on our inner world through out the day. Now we know that entering into such practices actually rewires your brain, changes your perceptions and emotions and creates a new, enhanced consciousness to live from.
Let us move forward together to embrace the Spirituality of Jubilee by letting our inner landscape lie fallow to consciously and deliberately hallow this land of the last 50 years so new growth will be possible. Let us embrace the ability to forgive, liberate and complete with dignity what is over and celebrate our journeys forward once again.
Suggestions: These reflections are offered in the Spirituality of Jubilee: a means to explore your inner spiritual world through reflection, centering, stillness, listening, dreams, images, words, art, and ritual to capture the threads of who you are now and what remains for your fulfillment in the future. We are here to fulfill what we came for by following the call.
Please consider sharing your process and discoveries with all of us in the comments section below.