A Circle of Gratitude- Lori-Ann Locke


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In Their Presence- Part One- A Circle of Gratitude

It’s happened to all of us. We’ll be thinking of a loved one who is in spirit when suddenly their favorite song comes on the radio. Or we’ll be struggling with some mundane issue and seeking Divine comfort when suddenly a ladybug lands nearby or we hear the cry of a hawk. Perhaps an old friend calls and begins talking about a resource or an idea that offers a solution to our immediate issue. Whatever the example, it is within these moments that we KNOW we did not merely experience an interesting coincidence but were blessed with the touch of Spirit. In the blink of an eye we are overcome with gratitude and joy, perhaps even moved to tears. Each time it happens, we are instantly returned to a state of awe, humility and wonder. Today, we will sit in circle together and each participant will share a brief story of a moment in time when they felt the touch of spirit. In so doing we’ll realize that these experiences aren’t what make us “different” but are part of the invisible web of Spirit that binds us together. Emotions can run high in these circles and the presence of Spirit can usually be felt. After our sharing, each participant will be given a small gift to remember their time in circle. Although this isn’t a “ritual” per se, we will go about things in a way that is ceremonial and respectful. Therefore, participants should arrive on time and be ready to settle down as we’ll be closing the door before we begin and it must remain closed throughout. It goes without saying that other people’s stories should not be repeated outside of circle and cell phones will have to be shut off during our time together. Participants don’t have to be “advanced” but must be open to the potential intensity of a shared experience such as this. There can be no “spectators” in the room. All present must participate. We’ll have a 2-hour time slot to allow ample time for everyone to share.

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