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Sacred Ground

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

I want my house to be like that. A place where people take off their sandals and tread upon holy ground. The sacred ground of the home. A place where their heart and soul feel secure.

This house has never been mine – it was my Mom’s and it remains so, even now that she is gone. It has always felt dark and cramped to me – too full, too full. I have often welcomed people to my ‘rat warren’.

My solution is to move but first I have to sell this house. To do that I have to make it look pretty. The first part of that is to get rid of 90% of the ‘stuff’ inside of it. So…

… my house is set up for an Estate Sale that happens on Sunday. I have a path from the door of my bedroom to the bed that is about one-foot wide because my room is stuffed with all the worldly goods that I want to keep.

The rest of the house looks like a second-hand store. Let me tell you, it feels mighty invasive and surreal to have people going through the ‘stuff’ that has surrounded me my entire life. I suppose the biggest shock is the set of china that Mom always told us was worth $60,000 being put on sale for $300. E-bay has ruined the antiques market.

I can’t wait until Sunday is over and my house is cleaned out. Finally, there will be space to breathe and enjoy the leftover ‘stuff’ that I really do love. Then I’ll rip up the carpet and paint the walls. Once I get it looking beautiful I’ll be able to sell it and move away.

Typical. I won’t get to enjoy how cute it will look. I hope that I take the time to make my new home beautiful while I am still living in it. My intention is to create a sacred space where all who enter feel at peace – especially me. Wish me luck.

Exodus 3:5

Posted by Vanessa on September 21st, 2007

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I will help you speak

It is a well-known tidbit of info that many people are more afraid of public speaking than of death or it’s a close second to fear of death. I know that everytime I get up to speak in front of an audience my throat starts to close and my voice decides to stop working. That was a big part of the reason I took singing lessons – to force myself to perform in front of a crowd. It didn’t really work but I was glad to face my fear. Maybe that’s why the following Bible passage really got to me.

‘Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” ‘

You’ve gotta love Moses. I mean really, can you imagine saying no to God. If God appeared in front of you, performed all sorts of cool tricks: a burning bush, a staff that became a snake, and a hand that went from healthy to diseased and back again. Really, if all these things happened and the entity that was making them happen asked you to do something AND said, “Don’t worry, I’ll be right beside you, helping you and caring for you,” would you still have the guts to say no? I wouldn’t. I would love that sort of reassurance.

Moses had balls, I’ll give him that. Weird though, because he was trying to get out of his God-sponsored mission because he was afraid of earthly consequences. Both gutsy and a coward.

It brings up an interesting question: Which do I fear most, heavenly consequences or earthly ones? Am I more concerned about my soul or my body?

How about you?

Exodus 4:10-14

Posted by Vanessa on September 4th, 2007

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Jethro the Life Coach

‘ “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.” ‘

Jethro was Moses’ father-in-law and obviously a wise and compassionate man. He came out to the desert to return Moses’ wife and children to him. While there he celebrated Moses’ successes and observed his current actions. He noticed, as only an outside observer can, that Moses was working himself to death. His burden was too great. As only a great coach can, Jethro showed Moses another way and encouraged him to act on this new knowledge. He lit a new path for Moses to follow and helped Moses become more effective in his chosen work. After Jethro had rendered that invaluable service, Moses sent him on his way.

Jethro had done a fantastic job as a coach.

When I was taking care of my mother, I knew that I was burning out but I did not see another way to manage things. I believed that I had to do everything myself, that no one else could help me or do the job as well as I could.

‘ “That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” ‘

Eventually I learned to let go, even just a little bit, and allow others to help. One of those who helped was Jane, she hardly knew my mom but took her grocery shopping every week – a task that I loathed.

When we delegate to those we trust, we are better able to focus on the most effective use of our time and resources.

I owe great thanks to Jane and to all those who helped me care for my mom – I wouldn’t have made it without you.

Exodus 18:13-27

Posted by Vanessa on August 30th, 2007

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God is in the details?

Okay, I confess, I don’t see the point of this major part of Exodus. Not only does God get *really* specific about how the Tent of Meeting is to be built when explaining it to Moses but then the entire thing is repeated while the Israelites are actually building it. It is sooo boring. Cubits this and that, overlaid with gold, built from acacia wood. How does this help?

Remember I’m new at this so feel free to shed some light on what the point is. I can only think of two possibilities.

1. One of my favourite movies is the Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez. Near the beginning of the movie she quips “Most grooms are NID.” When asked what that means she replies with a smile, “Not Into Details.”

This part of Exodus makes it abundantly clear to me that God is totally into details. There is nothing unimportant when it comes to building a sacred space. Even the undergarments of the priests are explained. I like this, it fits in nicely with one of my new favourite sayings, “God is in the details.” When we pay attention to the small things, every little step of the way, it makes the success of the whole project much more likely. The trick, I guess, is to keep the big vision while nailing each little detail. Taking little baby steps towards that huge end goal.

Or, as Jim Rohn put it: “You don’t build the house until it’s finished.”

2. My second thought is that humans tend to value things more when they have had to sacrifice money, time, and effort. God was trying to create a sacred space, a place that would hold the Glory of the Lord. The Israelites had already shown that they were fickle and perhaps not too bright so God came up with a plan to get them to pay attention. God requested they sacrifice their gold, silver, and bronze to build the Tent of Meeting. Also that their most skilled artisans dedicate themselves to the holy task and their most learned men to becoming priests. Finally, the Tent of Meeting is big. Humans like big-ness, we tend to think it is more important.

The Tabernacle, or Tent of Meeting, gave God a place to dwell amongst the Israelites but the detailed and laborious nature of its structure helped God to dwell *within* the Israelites, which is really the point.

So, I was thinking that maybe, just maybe, all those instructions weren’t that important for God, they weren’t some attempt to gain importance. Maybe they were just God’s way of getting the attention of the Israelites and communicating with them on a level they could understand. A really materialistic level, granted, but one they knew. It makes me wonder how much we’ve progressed in the last few thousand years.

hmm…

My coach has me working on my Vision – which I’ll have to post once it’s finished. Then I’ll start working out the details, the hundreds of baby steps required to reach the final goal. Maybe I’ll throw in some acacia wood, just for good measure.

Exodus 25:10 – 28:43, 36:8 – 39:31

Posted by Vanessa on August 28th, 2007

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I will be with you

{I thought that maybe this needed a little explanatory note. I’m reading the Bible – from start to finish. Along with all my other projects I am making time to read both the Old and New Testaments. To clarify, I have no religious affiliations. Christains would call me unsaved and a heathen. I’m okay with that. Here’s why: I love God. By whatever name, I love the Holy Ghost, Brahman, the animating force, Spirit, Gaia. I love the energy field that surrounds and loves us all.}

I want to save the world. I can’t think of anything better to do with my time. No, really. An unconscious messiah complex? Probably, but I’m okay with that. So I’ve begun an exploration of the world’s religious systems. To me it seems that nothing rips humanity apart like religion, so maybe that is also the way to bring us together.

Here is my thought for today:

‘But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you…” ‘

I totally understand how Moses was feeling. Completely unequal to the task. I mean, he’d already run away from Egypt under a death threat and now some bush was telling him to go back and free thousands of people from slavery. That’s pretty daunting. How could he possibly do it? What made him so special? What skills did he have?

And God said, “I will be with you.” That is so cool. It didn’t matter who Moses was or what skills he had, he only had to make himself available for God to work through him.

That’s who I intend to be – someone who is available to Spirit. Open to whatever calling I am given; because there is nothing more important to do. The coolest part about this is that it sidesteps ego. I am not the one working the plan, I am acting as a channel for Spirit to do the work that needs to be done. This is not about personal aggrandizement, it works at a level much higher than that. That rocks.

More than that: it means that we ALL have the potential to work for Spirit. We ALL have that ability and responsibility. As a coach and a coachee it is the most important question to answer: How is Spirit calling me to change the world?

How is Spirit calling you?

{BTW, for the sticklers, I am using the new international version of the Bible.}

Exodus 3:11-12

Posted by Vanessa on August 26th, 2007

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