January 28th, 2018


from Chaplain Royal
Sunday, January 28th 2018

We are rich people, some even have money. We are runners, walkers, swimmers, and those that wish they did. We are people who sing out loud and proud, and some even sound good. We are people who are young, and young at heart.

You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up, just got out of jail, or just got lost, and found your way here by mistake. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope Francis, or haven’t gathered in a community for weeks, months or years.

We welcome you if you like sports, or don’t know the difference between a touchdown or homerun, starving artists, nature lovers, coffee drinkers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, If you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion, or who have had religion shoved down your throat.

If you blew all your cash at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because you accidently found this post while searching the internet.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a hug, or prayer right now (or both), we welcome internet surfers, seekers, doubters, and we welcome you: just as you are!

This is the last Sunday for January, as February approaches we walk slowly into the new year. Grief. I am surrounded by a lot more than usual this past month. Several deaths in many groups and circles I am connected with, pets, and those in mourning because of the season, they miss the sunlight and warmth. I understand! You are not alone.

If you feel called, I invited you to light a candle, or find an object that is meaningful to you to hold, or have with you. And find a spot that you can focus on sharing just a few short minutes with these words, images and videos.

Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading:
Pamela Jacques. Artist. https://youtu.be/z1CEL_l8hTc

“Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness.” – Natalie Rogers

A kindergarten teacher was walking around observing her classroom of children while they were drawing pictures. As she got to one girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

I am reminded of three stories this morning. I promise they each will be short and informative. The first one is in my 9th grade year at Lewis and Clark Jr. High in Omaha, I had an incredible art teacher. I don’t recall her name (I’ve been searching for that for years.) In her class room we were working on an art project that took about a week to complete. When I was about 1/3 of the way through, I judged my work against the work of others. I was sad. Mine lines were not straight, they were more abstract. She continued to encourage me and pointed out that just as mine didn’t look theirs, theirs did not look like mine! It was finally finished. My mom had it framed, and we had it hung up in our home for many years. I will never forget the gift of love, confidence, and permission she gave me.

A motivational speaker friend of mine was speaking to a group of adults, about 200 of them. He asked several questions of them at once, out loud. Then he asked “Who here can paint?”, less than 10 hands went up. He brought a 6 year old up, the son of the one of the attendees, and asked him, “Can you paint?” he said of course! The speaker ask the young man “Why do you think so few adults here didn’t raise their hand when I asked them the same question. He said “Oh that’s easy, they didn’t bring their paint and brushes with them today.”
A few years ago I had Rebecca share with me a Tarot Card reading. I had never had it done, and was fascinated to try. She shows cards and explained them. Everything fit so well, I was so surprised. And then the brick wall came. She said, you are creative, you are an artist. I laughed and said no I am not. She said of course you are. I said oh no I am not. She then went through the process of pulling the answer out of me. Do you write, sculpt, create… YES! I write sermons. No, she said, that is not what this is about. Then my ah-ha moment hit me, again like a brick wall. I shared I had paint and canvases in my truck I’ve done nothing with. She said, that is not where they belong. You need to be using them and creating. I said I am not a painter, I have no training, my work is not good. She said anything you do with your creative is with purpose, and that it IS good. She sure channeled my old art teacher, and the 6 year old that reminded me that I need use my paint and brushes.

As we all “grow up” we forget to keep doing what we used to do. We forget that we don’t paint or create for others, we do so for our own soul and spirit. Creating a one new piece of art (14 so far) has been so rewarding and therapeutic for me, and I bet it would be for you too. Regardless if it is painting, drawing, writing, using clay, or scrap booking… I challenge you to return to the habit of doing something that brings you peace, joy, laughter, balance, and perhaps gratitude. Be seen as who you are…😊

MUSIC VIDEO… Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue. Jordan Smith “Stand In The Light” https://youtu.be/fgXRzjlbbng

“I know this rose will open I know my fear will burn away I know my soul will unfurl its wings I know this rose will open.” Mary E. Grigolia

Let us not wish away the winter. It is a season that leads us to spring. Let our earth, flowers, trees rest, grow, and bask in their stage of life, as we too shall. Let us delight in the colors, smells, and feel of each day until new life begins to explode around us. Let us use this time to do what makes our hearts, minds, body, and soul sing…
-Chaplain Royal

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Omaha area folks, you are invited to join us on a 12-month journey of intentional listening, sharing, and growing in a small group, that will meet once each month. You will be asked to commit to attending each month, as it is about developing listening and sharing skills with a trusted group: Sacred Circle

We will begin on Wednesday, March 14th, (the 2nd Wednesday of each month) at 6:00pm. Each meeting will last about 2 hours. It will last 12 months. This group will be facilitated by Cheryll Wallace!

The Sacred Circle uses the book “Heart to Heart” http://a.co/gRx541z (Amazon used and new $6-$14) which is the only cost relating to the class, each person will need their own book.

There are 5 spaces open! If you are committed to this class, please RSVP back to me (info@inclusivelife.org) and I will add your name. We will meet at the Inclusive Life Center at 4501 S. 96th Street (96th and J) Omaha.