“In the Beginning Was Power”

Chardin Power and Fire

T.S. Eliot gave us one of the world’s most poignant lines of mystic thought, “For most of us, there is only the unattended Moment, the moment in and out of time… music heard so deeply /That it is not heard at all, but you are the music/ While the music lasts.”  Likewise, we ARE the Power while the Power lasts.  The minute we HAVE power we have entered a place of no-power, a vapid simulation of life.

A Spiritual Practice for Becoming the Power


Breathing in,    I become God’s Intellectual Power.
Breathing out,  I release ignorance.

Breathing in,    I become God’s Loving Power.
Breathing out,  I release domination.

Breathing in,    I become God’s Energizing Power.
Breathing out,  I release complacency.

Let Us Pray:

Intelligent Power, grant me
a mind that is clean and clear.
Show me my way.

Loving Power, embrace me in my need.

Energizing Power, set me on fire
with your truth.








6 thoughts on ““In the Beginning Was Power”

  1. Hi my dear,

    I absolutely love this Chardin quote. I am the last of the fire signs and fire is my absolute favorite element. All of the most important things are done around the fire…singing dancing drumming praying! I love just staring into the flames, feeling the fire burn within you and without you.

    I was thinking of you the other day because we are offering a unit on Nouwen where I work and someone was talking about his tightrope analogy. Reminded me of you.

    Hope you are well and aflame with love!


    • Thank you, Amanda. It’s always a good day when our paths cross. I knew you had to be fire.

      I so treasure Henri Nowen. I got to hear him speak in the seventies. His love was infectious, even transmitted through a thick accent.

      Be well, my faithful cyberfriend, Rita

      Sent from my Kindle Fire


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  2. Rita my dear, the word I was to focus on this week was “hope,” and the person I was to re-connect with was Henri Nouwen, the author of Seeds of Hope, someone I became acquainted with in the nineties, during Clinical Pastoral Education units I was taking for Chaplaincy. Well, I thought I had his book, but didn’t know if I had given it away. Well, when I happened to look in my piles of books, there it was on the top, of many books in my closet. I couldn’t believe it, after all these years! Goes to show, what we need will comes to us. Infinite Intelligence and Power is always there showing us what we need. Thank you for affirming that for me. Peace, and Hope, Diana


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