Monday, February 22, 2010

Spirituality: Relationships Broken in the Fall from Grace

Genesis suggests that four relationships were broken by Adam's toxic shame: (1)the relationship with God, (2)with the self, (3) with brother, sister, and neighbor, and (4) with the world (nature).

The restoration of a bond of mutuality with God has enormous power to heal shame. When we admit our powerlessnesss and unmanageability, we tell God that we give up control and we submit our will to God's care. God then can ground us in fundamentl humanness. Being mirrored in the loving and honest eyes of God and of others allows us to accept ourselves and the process of self-reunion can begin to take place.