9/18/2003 02:43:00 PM
"To live deeply enmeshed in the wider society, yet at odds with its values and actions, can lead to nearly unbearable pain and confusion as to where one's responsibilities lie. For the person whose mystical sense of unity has extended to the whole of humanity or of creation the agony may be acute--especially in times of crisis. It is difficult neither to become benumbed by the staggering weight of pain that cries out for help in the world nor to retreat into the group to compensate for the pain of marginalization in the wider society."
--Patricia Loring, Spiritual Discernment: the context and goal of clearness committees
, Pendle Hill #305