The Breath of Becoming


We are continuing our investigation in Staccato with the three masculine aspects of this rhythm. We have explored Father and (Wild) Son and this week we will explore the aspect of Holy Spirit.

Holy spirit is the part of us that goes for the truth and purpose of life, often seeking it in strange corners in the world – like sacred pilgrimages to India or Mt. Shasta in California. Holy spirit is the key that opens door to the room where pure reason resides. In our most desperate moments, we use this key to enter our “safe-room” for protection where we find our balance and acceptance in becoming not attached to things being exactly how they are.

Holy Spirit is our true witness and the part of us that knows what the next right thing to do is, the part of us that knows better before we make a mistake. Holy Spirit sees right through our games and false identities and is not interested in outcomes we are invested in. Holy Spirit is our higher power that tunes into universal patterns.

According to Gabrielle Roth, “Holy Spirit is the part of us that actively seeks a community of like-minded souls with whom to do the holy work of awakening. We find a place where we can practice being human, spiritual, sensitive, stupid, sorry and silly without feeling competitive, self-conscious or judged.” (Roth, Sweat Your Prayers, 1997)

Community is a safe harbor where everyone receives much needed attention – directed towards our essential nature of whom we are or are becoming.

In our physical practice of Holy Spirit in the rhythm of Staccato we discover some important connections.

Holy Spirit is invariably connected to Stillness similar to the still points, clear stops and starts of Staccato. Holy Spirit and Stillness are also connected through the breath. In Staccato we use the breath to support our expression and in Stillness the breath inspires our movement in our communion with spirit. There is also a humility, a naiveté and an innocence that permeates both Wild Son in Staccato and our being in Stillness. This is important to consider because the energies of humility, naivete and innocence are present as in the younger Son aspect of ourselves that seeks guidance from the older Father.  In Stillness we turn our attention inward in the seeking of wisdom, compassion and inspiration to fill our hearts with gifts of love, grace and forgiveness that the divine has to offer.


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