Last week, I was reminded of the Celtic spiritual practice of abiding in thin places where heaven and Earth feel closer. I felt a tugging, and then a pull, and finally a yank that left my eyes spinning in my head. I spent the weekend researching thin places and started digging into the Celtic Christian tradition (such a very different expression of faith from the American tradition, I have to say), and the research is nowhere near complete.
Then, I opened my big mouth, or rather let my fingers run away with themselves before I could put the brakes on, and suggested to one of my favorite Facebook groups that there should be a curriculum developed around the theme of thin places. One of the members told me to “go for it.”
Gulp. That was not the expected response. I wanted someone else to say, “sure, I’ll do that” or “I’ll be glad to help you.”
Be careful when you choose a word for the year. You might be asking for more than you planned.
Here I was—practically DARED to write the course. So, I began. I took notes on my reading. I drew little cluster maps. I drafted. And I researched more.
I am ready to say that I am launching the draft today in a closed Facebook group called ReFrame: The Thin Places. The plan is to issue invitations each week during February with some kind of reflection on the theme of thin places and the sense of place along with an invitation to creative response, whether it is photography or writing or something else. Based on the feedback, I am hoping to create a more “permanent” kind of course that could be marketed (something else I have to learn).
But for now, I am living the dare. And that’s what’s important.