As you may have noticed from a couple of past blogs, I have been enjoying the learning journey with Richard Rohr through his book, Everything Belongs. I’m on my second trip through "Rohr land"…contemplating contemplative prayer and the implications of spiritual development in my life. Last night’s reading was especially relevant to some in the faith community that I am privileged to be in…many of the people in our community fear growth. I wouldn’t want to come across as overtly arrogant here…but that frustrated me when I first heard many of them share their growth apprehensions. I thought to myself, "they just don’t get it, do they?" Until I sat back and realized that although I have a few more miles on my life than many of them, I still fear growth. There is something about it that sounds good until you start walking on its forbidding shores. Here’s another taste of Rohr on growth:
"If we’re not willing to be led through our fears and anxieties, we will never see or grow….every step up the ladder of moral development is taken in semi-darkness, by the light of faith. The greatest barrier to the next level of conscience or consciousness is our comfort and control at the one we are at now. Our first response to anyone calling us to truth, greatness, goodness, or morality…will be increased anxiety. We don’t say, ‘isn’t this wonder’. Instead we recoil in terror and say, ‘I don’t know if I want to go there’."