Spirituality of Love #1 – ‘Flame of Love’ by St John of the Cross

Last night was the final of six sessions teaching a ‘spirituality of love’ at lovely Solace church in Melbourne.  Each evening began with a short presentation then followed with a longer period for participants to respond with either their head, heart or hands.  The hands option was a meditation with clay or hebel stone.  The small room at Solace set aside as a womb-like heart space and a variety of meditative practices were explored.  The head response was a discussion group, led by me, following up on people’s thoughts and questions.  I hope that this material will continue to develop and be a blessing to many others as opportunities come up.  It is an absolutely joy and privilege to teach people how to love!

So here is a tantalising glimpse into the series: 6 posts with a picture from the space we set up, a one line summary of the thought for the day, and the love poem used to close the evening.  Enjoy!

Spirituality of Love #1:

dwell fully in your body because your body is made of love

Flame of Love by St John of the Cross

1. O living flame of love
That tenderly wounds my soul
In its deepest center! Since
Now you are not oppressive,
Now consummate! if it be your will:
Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter!

2. O sweet cautery,
O delightful wound!
O gentle hand! O delicate touch
That tastes of eternal life
And pays every debt!
In killing you changed death to life.

3. O lamps of fire!
in whose splendors
The deep caverns of feeling,
Once obscure and blind,
Now give forth, so rarely, so exquisitely,
Both warmth and light to their Beloved.

4. How gently and lovingly
You wake in my heart,
Where in secret you dwell alone;
And in your sweet breathing,
Filled with good and glory,
How tenderly You swell my heart with love.

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