Attentive ears can hear the ancient whisper, reminding us that another world is possible.
For the past fifteen years we’ve been in pursuit of a distinct spirituality that will make Jesus clearly visible to the world.
We’ve experimented with many ideas and approaches to the spiritual life of active service, some effective and many not! However we’ve concluded that regardless of what rules of life, or spiritual rhythms we come up with, our goal will be always the same—we want to find a way of life, a way of loving, that Jesus translates as an embrace to Him.
Encounter & Embrace?
For years in the wonderful mormon family where I was raised I was known for being the awkward hugger, a bit stilted and ridged when it came to showing affection.
I think I use to even give those burping kind of hugs, you know the ones where you give half an embrace, because I wasn’t wanting to invade someone’s personal space, while patting them on the back. This patting is familiar to anyone who has had babies, because it’s what you do when you burp them after they’ve had a healthy portion of mushed peas.
Teaching on, and experiencing “The Father Heart of God” in various parts of the world has taught me what a real embrace is all about. Adopting siblings when they were eight and nine years old, taught me the power of an embrace, upon the giver as well as upon the receiver.
As Axiom we’ve been discovering over the years of facilitating retreats and pilgrimages, and spending time of silence and solitude in prayer, that we have a God who aches for our full presence.
Being fully present to Him, to one another, and to the needs of the world around us, is a distinct spirituality of Encounter and Embrace. This is the heartbeat of Axiom.
Our dear friend, co-worker, and Axiom Originator Dr. Micha Jazz explains, “Let’s remind ourselves that Contemplative Activism combines two ideas, the first one being the essential, yet often lost art of drawing aside with God for prayer and learning how to find Him in every aspect of life. Contemplative experience provides a door to discovering so much more about ourselves, each other, God and His ways.
However there is a danger having ascended the heights through Contemplation, that we may not want to return and make our descent back into the streets of chaos within which we are called to carry out the mission of God. Secondly, therefore, we seek to live out prayer by rolling up our sleeves and serving the needs of the surrounding community. The Contemplative Activist develops the rhythm of ascent and descent in living the Spirit filled life.”
HOW CAN YOU
journey with us?
We have also learned through the years that if we don’t live with intention, with practices that reflect our distinctive of bringing comfort, joy, and honor to our God, then this will never happen, and we will be unfulfilled in the deepest parts of who we are.
Let us begin.
Explore with us our three shared spiritual practices and Axiom resources.
If these rhythm resonates with where you are at in your spiritual journey then please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will happily welcome you.
We look forward to the possibility of getting to know you on one of our pilgrimages and/or retreats and discovering ways we can be learners together in this homecoming journey.
Enclosed is two E-books that describe our practices and vision as Axiom Monastic Community. However here I want to highlight three of our practices (rhythms of formation, where Christ is formed in us) that many individuals and communities around the world have begun to share with us. Adopting these practices is the first steps towards partnering with us and a way of becoming Contemplative Activists.
Note: You will notice that in our current Axiom introduction Ebook it doesn’t mention “Weekly Acts of Service” as one of our three shared practices as we do below, but instead it mentions a yearly Pilgrimage and/or Retreat. However we have come to assume that everyone will want to do have a yearly quality time with God through a Pilgrimage/Retreat, if it’s a shared practice or not. That being said, we feel it’s essential to put legs to our faith and prayers in active service within our communities thus we’ve made “Weekly Acts of Service” a shared practice (as mentioned in our second Axiom Ebook entitled “Rhythms and Resources”) so that we may be contemplative activists as was Jesus.
AXIOM PRACTICE 1 – DAILY MOMENTS OF REFLECTION
“Jesus said unto them, “I am the bread of Life. He that comes to me shall not hunger and he that believeth in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
Axiom participants are invited to live the flow of encounter and embrace. Crafted by God’s love, each one of us is a unique expression of the Trinity’s love and life, itself a picture of the eternal God’s embrace. We take time each day in encountering God to engage with the One who sustains all life. In such encounters we seek to discover more of the truth and reality of God, ourselves and the world within which we live. We become refreshed and re-energised. Such moments clarify our call and strengthen our resolve in following closely in the footsteps of Jesus. Embraced by The Lord, we return to incarnate, or ‘flesh out’ the reality of love’s embrace throughout the earth.
The only way God was able to communicate his love to humanity was itself through an act of incarnation. Stepping from his eternal encounter and embrace within the Trinity, Jesus literally squeezed himself into the body of a man, and chose freely to live among us. At first hand women and men, old and young, poor and rich, encountered the very reality of God in person. Eventually executed for no greater crime than loving people, Jesus’ arms were stretched out upon a crude wooden gibbet in readiness to embrace a lost and broken humanity, including both you and me.
In like manner we are now invited and commissioned to return from that Divine embrace, our daily moments of encounter, and live out a life of love in the service of others, Emancipating those oppressed by circumstances beyond their immediate control, and through such acts of service extend God’s embrace to those living at the margins of our society, be they down the street or around the world.
Thoughts from Dr. Micha Jazz
“The heart of God is an open wound of Love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not spend time with Him. He weeps over our obsession with much-ness and many-ness. He longs for our presence.”
– Richard Foster
Immediate prayer of surrender
Silently envision Christ
Pray for your day, etc.
Meditate and pray scripture
Thank the Father for the graces of the day
Pray for those you encountered throughout your day
30 minute prayer model:
Confession and repentance
Petition and requests
Intercession for others
Thanksgiving and worship
This practice is expounded on in the Axiom introduction E-book.