Wild Rowing Into God

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By Sister Gail Worcelo and Sister Gabriele Uhlein


Rowing, it’s a great art. It’s the finest art there is. It’s a symphony of motion. And when you are rowing well, why it’s nearing perfection. And when you are nearing perfection, you’re touching the Divine.

What is the spiritual value of rowing? …..The losing of the self entirely to the cooperative effort of the crew as a whole.    ~George Yeoman Pocock

People around the world are gathering in hubs, circles, and contemplative networks, attempting to embody a new possibility for our emerging humanity. Words like Resonant FieldsDivinized HumanityGlobal Communion are arising in conversations everywhere. We are beginning to row together so that love’s highest potential can be made manifest in this world.

The Wild Rowing into God is a metaphor for our emergent humanity, and our participation in that emergence.

The Wild Rowing suggests:rowing2

  • the journey from me to we
  • spiritual interdependency
  • relational courage
  • embodiment
  • collective awakening
  • willingness to venture into the unknown together
  • staying on the inside
  • strong, muscular action in the world
  • creative union
“One of the first admonitions of a good rowing coach is, ‘pull your own weight,’ and the rowers do just that when they realize that the boat goes better when each gives fully.” ~George Yeoman Pocock

We will offer our Wild Rowing Into God program at Holy Wisdom Monastery on August 28-29, 2015. During our program we will be drawing on and forwarding the work of past and present evolutionary thinkers whose insights contribute to our theme of the Wild Rowing/Collective Emergence:

  • Teilhard de Chardin
  • Thomas Berry
  • Barbara Marx Hubbard
  • Beatrice Bruteau
  • Ilia Delio
  • Carter Phipps
  • and others.

We will explore a new model of spiritual engagement called We Mysticism or a Higher We—moving from personal transformation to collective awakening, from separation consciousness to a consciousness of communion—creating a new possibility for the future of humanity and the total earth community.

We will engage in Mutual Awakening Practices that dissolve our hard wiring for separation; practices that deepen trust, spiritual interdependency, relational courage and mutuality in order to open up a field of higher possibility between us.

The program format will consist of lecture, contemplative sitting, body movement, dance, creative expression and shared exercises.

We are at an incredible moment of grace and there is so much potential waiting to be realized.

We hope you will join us in the Wild Rowing into God. Each person’s gifts and energy, wisdom and willingness are needed to move the vessel of our humanity forward toward a more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Teilhard de Chardin predicted that a new kind of human would emerge on earth, one attracted to the future and in touch with the impulse to reach out, connect, go beyond. Are you open to what has never been before?  Is there a flame of expectation in your heart? Are you yearning to join with others in the great collective work of unleashing the potential and possibility that lies deep within our sacred humanity? Join us.


“According to the skill with which we set our sails to the breeze, it will either capsize our vessel or send it leaping ahead.”   ~Teilhard de Chardin

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