Our usual waking state isn’t the only way we are aware of the world around us; nor is it how we are more aware. We are more aware not on automatic pilot or attentively doing one of our tasks. We are more aware at certain frequencies we may call altered states of consciousness. Sometimes we enter altered states accidentally: indigestion; fever; trauma; when we’re deprived of sleep, of food, of oxygen. At other times altered states of clearer awareness occur naturally as they do in ecstatic moments; when we are sad rather than overjoyed; and when we dream.
Indeed, the more blind, the more bound and the more needy have a greater claim on Jesus’ heart. If Jesus’ cosmic, prophetic message threatens us, we tend to isolate ourselves from Jesus and others. If we welcome his message as personal good news, we tend to welcome the challenge to witness to it by our deeds and our words. We witness for the sake of others and our world.
- Give undivided attention to our triune God.
- Ask Elijah and Elisha to present you to Jesus.
- Open your heart to him. Chat with Jesus about how you receive Jesus’ universal loving concern; then name what prevents you from living it.
- Ask Jesus for grace to be a credible witness to his transforming love.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Saying his words slowly helps our conscious awareness be clearer, more receptive and honest. His words transform us and enrich how we are with him and with others.