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"It’s possible for us to go through the motions or dabble in things recreationally, or minimally like tourists, or nominally like twice a month golfers. It’s also possible to take things seriously, and honor the tools and ourselves by employing them sincerely, and with depth, integrity, and authenticity. The very fact that you are holding this book suggests that you’ve likely moved into a mode of increased sincerity and are yearning for increased depth and authenticity."

“The real reset isn’t ending that relationship, leaving that job, fleeing the room in the midst of conflict, or moving away to a new place. That’s just putting the same you into different surroundings. The real reset is going inward, doing the work, and noticing the parts of yourself that are being triggered - feeling into them, listening to what they have to say and what gift they have to offer - while not overly identifying with those parts - and remembering that the real you isn’t those parts. The real you is the you who is truly fine and well despite the current circumstances which remind you of older ones.

 

Sure, if you’re being abused or in danger that’s another matter. Most of the time our personas and egos are feeling threatened. It’s okay for them to be threatened. It’s okay for them to feel the real risk that their days are numbered, that you will soon not let them run the show - that you will more and more operate from and as your real self, more and more drop in and breathe into whatever you’re facing, more and more act less from your head and more from your heart. Reset indeed.” 

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excerpts from “Discovering Fire”

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DIscovering Fire: Fuel to Enliven Religious & Non-religious Hearts & Souls

“Russell Brand meets Richard Rohr.”

“Iona/Christianity meets Burning Man.”

 

In Discovering Fire, advocate of progressive Christianity and author of Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity, Roger Wolsey seeks to help reduce the mutual allergy and wariness that religious and non-religious people have about each other. He help religious people realize that God is meaningfully at work through certain spiritual practices that many non-religious people are engaging in; and he also helps non-religious people acknowledge that certain Jewish and Christian practices really can help those believers grow, transform, and evolve in ways that the world needs —and he helps people from both groups increase their mutual appreciation and gratitude for the Great Spirit that is at work in it all. 

Wolsey contends that the essential elements of a deep Spiritual life —faith, transformation, a community of kindred spirits, and the experience of generous, unconditional love—are found within the seemingly esoteric and unconventional practices of non-Christians who are wary of the Church, as well as within the lesser known about contemplative aspects of Christianity.

 

Roger wants to help people within the Church to better understand how their family and friends who aren’t part of “the faith” may very well be partaking in practices that connect them to the presence of Spirit in their lives — and are helping them to heal, grow, and thrive; as well as to help the growing portion of society who have apprehension about Christianity to reduce that wariness and come to appreciate how the contemplative and mystic lineages within Christianity provide time-tested ways their Christian friends and family might employ to sense the vital presence of Spirit in their lives — and help them to heal, grow, and thrive. 

Discovering Fire helps the different traditions, lineages, and generations respect, connect, and commune with each other and the Divine – or at least share the planet with each other with greater ease.

 

When it comes down to it, Wolsey suggests that all of these many lineages and practices are tools and portals that help people know and love themselves – and thus be better able to love others. Wolsey isn’t suggesting that Christians need to do yoga, chant at kirtans, or engage in ecstatic dance, tarot cards, or shamanic breath-work, etc. – nor is he saying that people who are spiritual but not religious need to partake in contemplative Christian practices or rituals – though he’s not saying they shouldn’t.  

 

  • Can you be Christian and do shadow-work, engage with tarot cards, see shamans, or ecstatic dance? If so, how can one do so with respect, integrity, and deal with the matter of appropriation? 

  • Can you be Christian and spiritually connected and deep?

  • Are you a Christian and trying to figure out if you need to be praying for friends and family who are seeking to connect to God outside of the Church? 

  • Are you a “Spiritual But Not Religious” person who has family members who are “praying for your soul so you don’t go to hell” because you aren’t engaged in Christianity? 

  • Were you raised in the Church, no-longer active with it, still love Jesus, and yearn to know God blesses you and your spiritual journey?

  • Do you wonder if the Divine Spirit might be meaningfully at work providing healing and wholeness in many ways and through many practices?

 

Spiritual Director, United Methodist Pastor, and Author of Kissing Fish: Christianity for People Who Don’t Like Christianity, Roger Wolsey is an open-minded Christian mystic – or a mystic who happens to be Christian – who has taken deep dives in a wide range of spiritual practices and he explores these questions and more with care, reverence, and insight. 

 

 Table of Contents

 

  • Introduction: Fleeing Religion & Going to Burning Man

  • Chapter 1: Diagnosis Death: Toxic & Dysfunctional Religion: the separations of Church & People, God & People, People & People, and People & Themselves

  • Chapter 2: Broken Clocks: times when religion gets it right

  • Chapter 3: Active Praxis: Blessed Booty Shakin'

  • Chapter 4: Right Rites. Real Relating & Relevant Rituals 

  • Chapter 5: Energy from the East

  • Chapter 6: Shamans, Shadows, & Sovereignty

  • Chapter 7: Bio Breaks: Life-giving Plants & Breaths  

  • Chapter 8: Cosmic Cardia: Loving Big!

  • Conclusion: Comparing, Contrasting, & Complimenting

  • Appendices: End-notes, Recommended Reading & Resources

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