"It is the nature of consciousness to seek wholeness, it is our destiny to find it everywhere."
~ Vera de Chalambert
Read latest essay "Blessings of Brokenness" in the new anthology from Science and Nonduality Conference:
Vera de Chalambert, MTS is a mindfulness facilitator, spiritual storyteller and Harvard-educated theologian working at the meeting place of healing, spirituality and social change. Vera's work centers feminine wisdom and her writing explore the archetype of Holy Darkness found in all of the worlds wisdom traditions and particularly poignant in our own times. She supports clients moving through the Dark Night of the Soul through mentoring and spiritual direction. Her writing has been read around the world and translated into four languages. Her work is informed by inter-spiritual insights from the world’s great wisdom traditions and is based on the nondual approach.
Having spent many years studying world religions and wisdom lineages, she brings forth a unique blend of healing presence and spiritual insight. She has been invited to speak internationally at colleges, gatherings and conferences such as SAND Science and Nonduality Conference in the US and Europe, Sister Giant in Washington DC and the Dawn of Inter-Spirituality in Costa Rica. Vera holds a Master's degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinity School. Her work is informed by rich insights from both Eastern and Western philosophies.
Vera helps her clients re-frame crisis as opportunity for spiritual growth. And much like personal crisis, the poly-crisis unfolding on this planet is a catalyst for powerful transformation for individuals, systems of power, and the culture at large. This is no cheap calamity, this is radical initiation. Do not rush in to fix things too quickly. Let your brokenness shine. Take you all the way through to the heart of all matters. Our wounds are holy passages. Our darkest, most painful challenges, ways towards true wholeness.
"It is always from our deepest wound,
from the thing that breaks our heart the most,
that our yearning, our calling,
our purpose in life emerges."
In a way personal growth is simply about becoming more fully ourselves. Ultimately, rather than becoming something more than we are, we become more ordinary, more vulnerable, more tenderhearted. Thats all. Tender beings who can meet all of life with compassion and heart. We learn to embrace our pain, our brokenness, our imperfection and that of the world. We let it reveal our radical entanglement with everything. From this place of humility and solidarity we often begin to hear our deepest calling.
This being human is not for the faint of heart. We suffer, we feel disconnected, we forget to be kind. Our lives are sometimes a holy mess. The most precious flavor of holy. But no matter our circumstances, wholeness is present within us exactly as we are right now. As we surrender to its intelligence it reorganizes our lives into instruments of its own design. It invites us to offer everything to this transformation and to dedicate this transformation to all. We can not heal or awaken alone. We need each other. This planet is on the brink of unprecedented change and it will need all of us. We rise for each other and heal together. We are not free until we are all free.
All this is full. All that is full.
From fullness, fullness comes.
When fullness is taken from fullness,
Fullness still remains.
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