Discovering the “Pure Diamond” of Your True Self with Laurie Blefeld
“At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God…This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us. It is like a pure diamond blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody.” ~ Thomas Merton
As program facilitator, Laurie hopes to inspire fellow seekers to discover the “pure diamond” living in oneself. Just as Merton asserts above, she believes a shimmering point of pure truth is in everyone. No matter what our experiences, what we have done and what others have done to us, our diamond Self waits to be freed from the surrounding debris that separates us from the precious goodness inherent in all.
With the New Year upon us, step away from the busyness of your life and experience the peace and stillness at Mercy by the Sea. Let your New Year’s intentions include coming home to yourself. Who are you really? What is your longing? What do you place on the altar of your life? When we say “Yes!” to the pure diamond within us, we kindle the light of heaven in others. Using poetry, mandalas and ritual, our day together will include sharing, creativity and time for reflection on the beautiful grounds overlooking Long Island Sound. Participants are asked to bring an item that reflects their true self (to be returned at the closing.)
Laurie Blefeld, MA, writer, spiritual director, counselor and retreat facilitator, has worked for over 25 years as a counselor for women who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. In recent years, she offers spiritual direction to incarcerated women at York Correctional Institution and facilitates a program which gives inmates the opportunity to deepen their spiritual lives and develop tools for emotional healing. Laurie also maintains a private spiritual direction practice in which she mentors individuals of all faith traditions. Her reflection on her work at York, “Mirror mirror on the Wall” was published in March 2011 in Presence Magazine, an international journal for Spiritual Direction, and “What Nourishes Your Soul?” published in Sacred Journey, March 2009. Laurie’s recently published book, Moments of Grace, is available for purchase at the Mercy by the Sea bookstore and from Amazon Smile. For more information, visit her website, www.laurieblefeld.com.
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