Spiritual Practice 2: Confession, or Telling the Truth
Confession Is Telling It Like It Is
Central to moving into the Bigger Mind of the Realm of God is a basic process for dismantling and disentangling ourselves from the destructive and maladaptive systems around us. The first step is that of confession, or telling the truth about our lives. This is a very ancient spiritual practice. The difficulty arises from the fact that we are uniquely blind to what truths about our lives that we need to tell.
Confessing, in JP21 practice, is not about listing a whole bunch of sins or faults that some authority figure or popular notion prescribes for us. Rather it is a process of examining ourselves deeply within, coming to know who we are and who we are capable of becoming, and naming what is preventing us from becoming that.
Telling the Truth:
Begin with today. What has happened in your life today?
What have your interactions with family, friends, co=workers, strangers been like?
Where are the points of struggle? What is your history with those struggles?
Where are points of joy, gratitude, contentment? What makes you feel this way?
If you could change something about your interactions with people, what would it be?
You can practice this form of confession or truth-telling every day, perhaps at the close of each day. Spend a few moments in centering prayer before and after this time of truth-telling. Open your heart to the leading and healing of God’s indwelling Spirit.