Familiar faces were gathered there together on 11th March when we met to focus on the topic of “When I was a Child” – Letting Go.
We each have a ragged journey towards maturity. We progress slower in some aspects than in others, and it is common for us to go to our graves immature in some way or other, with friends posthumously describing us as having had an incurable blind spot (or two) that were part of our unique charm.
For the most part we aim to become adult across the broad sweep of human activity, and to keep growing up throughout our life, but we forget that some ideas or rules that we take for granted are those we inherited as a child. Unexamined, these can cause problems instead.
It is particularly important that we mature in our spiritual life, which is to say in those values and beliefs that, though hidden, drive our deepest and most instinctive behaviour.
Instructions meant to help us in our early years need to be let go when we have moved on from the help they can give. The choice and challenge are our own. We have to take responsibility for our own becoming, our own knowing, our own doing, and our own relating to the world.
If we don’t let leftover, irrelevant knowings diffuse away, or transform into something more appropriate, we are the authors of our own continued knottedness. It’s not always easy to do, especially since – inevitably – those instructions were given to us when young by people whose authority we trusted, often within the family or placeholders for family.
The readings we heard were by the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13), William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2) and Dennis Lee/Jim Henson/Terry Jones (Sarah’s closing speech from the film Labyrinth). We also enjoyed learning some new chants, some trickier than others.