Once a month, Charleston Friends read queries at the beginning of Meeting for Worship, for reflection and perhaps sharing. This past Sunday the queries related to "Awareness" - I'll post the actual queries later if I can find them :-)
What's stayed with me these past couple of days, since Quaker Meeting, is a feeling, a warm embrace of my moment-to-moment existence and connection to other people and the world around me.
We Quakers often speak of the Spirit, and of the movement of the Spirit. We testify to the reality of the "parallel universe" that is present and among us (us humans, all of us!) and in us, all the time, there to be noticed whenever and wherever.
This morning it seems to me that all of our Quaker testimonies, all of our "distinctives," all of our sense of who we are as Friends, can be traced back historically and spiritually to our sense of the importance of Awareness: awareness of the Divine, awareness of the movement of the Spirit, awareness of the Still Small Voice. We have used a variety of words and phrases over our several centuries as Friends, all pointing to that which is beyond words and available to all people and perhaps all of Creation...
Grace and peace and love and joy and awareness, to all who read this!