The spiral process

From the Heart

At times we feel overwhelmed and despairing in the face of life’s difficulties. The current pandemic and social crises have provided ample reasons for such feelings. Perhaps events in our personal lives have also contributed.

Joanna Macy and others propose “The Work That Reconnects” as a process for healing and integrating in the face of overwhelm and despair. This is an open spiral process with four stages—“Coming from Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New/Ancient Eyes, and Going Forth.”

I use this spiral process in my own personal spiritual work. And we have used this process within our congregation at times as well. Perhaps we will again. I know it has brought at least some healing, increased resilience and better understanding.

I will be reflecting on this spiral in two sermons in March, particularly focused on the first two steps of the spiral—Coming from Gratitude and Honoring Our Pain for the World.

I hope and pray we will all find ways to heal and emerge with more resilience.

Rev. George Buchanan