Cynthia Bourgeault writes in The Wisdom Jesus that Eastertide is the 40 days after Easter. This is a time to tune up our being so we can be available to hear truth at a subtle and much more intense level. Spiritual practices are truly powerful now.
I was driving the other day and wanted to call my daughter using the hand-free voice assistant in my car. I said the required “Call” and the “hands-free voice assistant” said “Ok, call.” I said “Jill Perlow.” The assistant said “did you say Jules Paleo. I said, ‘No.” The Voice said “did you say….” You get the drift, I canceled the call.
Prayer can be like that. When we use prayer as a call to an outward “God”, using supplications for a need, begging for a desired outcome – the voice-assisted application cannot connect. However, if we stop, listen, feel, and open to the life stirring energies, we tune our whole body up to support a spiritual aim. To be more compassionate, to listen for creativity to be revealed; a willingness to forgive surfaces and clears the way.
Let us fine-tune our instrument so that we can deepen our capacity to receive these intense spiritual energies available to us during this season of Eastertide.