Deepening the Contemplative Dimension
of Servant Leadership 2018
It is hard to believe that it has been one month already since CONM sponsored the Deepening Retreat (as it came to be known) in Eureka, MO. Deepening The Contemplative Dimension of Servant Leadership 2018 was held June 24-30. Contemplatives gathered from all corners of the United States and Canada. We were nourished by the wonderful Spirit that engulfed us that week as well as by the words, chants and gestures of Susan Komis, Susan Rush and Kess Frey.
The topics included:
- What is Contemplative Service? with passion, purpose and presence
- Who is the Servant Leader?
- The 12 Principles of Spiritual Leadership
- Archetypes and Evolving Consciousness
- Centering Prayer and humility
- The Power of Formative Thought
- The gift of “oneness”
- Members of the Holy Priesthood
- Embodying “emptiness”
- The Tree of Life and Servant Leadership
- The Unfolding of Centering Prayer
- Revelations of Transformation, Journey to the Unknowable
The Servant Leader has a daily practice of Centering Prayer that nurtures and sustains a willingness to consent to service. An inner attitude of humility is an essential aspect of our receptive capacity in Centering Prayer. The Servant Leader learns to lead without leading.
“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed, you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The Servant Leader is a Member of the Holy Priesthood. We are all members of this Priesthood, the God in me serving the God in you. Jesus taught that authority is service….we serve life not because it is broken, but because it is holy….
“He charged his disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ.” Matthew 16:19
The Servant Leader “embodies” the Presence leading to a posture of emptiness.
“An unfolding contemplative practice eventually becomes total receptivity. The Presence once established in our innermost being, might be called spaciousness. There is nothing in it except a certain vibrancy and aliveness. You are awake to the unknown, something you cannot describe. This aliveness manifests itself in increasing sweetness, tenderness and intimacy.”
Father Thomas Keating
Each morning the group prayed with the Theological Principles as set forth by Father Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach Ltd. Each evening we ended by gathering in Wisdom Circles to share and reflect upon the teachings of the day. The week closed with the anointing of each participant as a symbol of our intention and consent to render loving service as inspired by our practice of Centering Prayer. The mingling of the waters that each had brought from their home community celebrated the oneness of our lives, the oneness of all humanity and the oneness of all Creation.
“As we go forth on our journey toward Transformation, our hope is that we have become more wisdom inspired and
integrated. As our personal interior and exterior world has been expanded through the grace of this gathering, we continue to strive to create a compassionate world through the deepening of our contemplative service to others. No longer me but Christ in me; my personal interior and exterior world is changed and I help to create a new world.”
“I and the Father are one” John 10
“That they may be one in us” John 17