by Michael Maciel
We all radiate energy, everything from infrared to the vibrations of our thoughts and feelings. (If you’ve read this far, you have probably contemplated this before.) What I’m asking you to consider is what you DO with that.
The vibrations of our thoughts and feelings are essentially passive. They’re automatic, meaning that we don’t have to think about them. They are more the product of who we are, and the world sees us accordingly.
The “Word” is different. It has a different polarity and a different direction. Instead of being passive, it is active. And instead of wearing it like a bubble (as we do with our “vibes”) we SPEAK it into the world as a cause.
What does it mean to “speak” it into the world?
To answer this, ask yourself, “What do I uphold?” Whatever that is, THAT is your Word. The word “uphold” is an active verb. Like a column holding up a portico, your Word is the functional part of you. It is that without which the world would be different if you weren’t in it.
What is that? What is the difference you make in the world?
A priest is one who makes a difference in the world—consciously, deliberately, consistently. A priest says, “My presence makes a difference because I say it does. I have power to change the world, not because I’m special, but because power is given to me by God. God gives me power, not because I’m good, but because I’m willing—willing to use that power for the good of all, not just those whom I like. My willingness is proved by my ACTION. It is proved by what I speak into the world—speak with my words, my body, my heart, and my sweat. It is through these things that God is active in the world. And if I make a mistake, so be it. There is always the next action, and the next, and the next one after that. Let the intention that is within me smooth the way for others.”
They say that a chess game is controlled from the perimeter of the board. So is our outer life controlled by the Word we speak. (The spiritual is always the reverse of the physical.) The details are surrounded by what we uphold. We are what we say we are—not with our words or our ideas, but with our very being. It’s what we ARE that makes a difference, not what we espouse.
A priest IS. Her job is to BE in the world. All the rest is detail.