“Relationship is not a project, it is a grace.” Thomas Moore, Soulmates, Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship, p. 256, HarperCollins 1994.
I have a friend, Marilyn Goske, who also is a pediatric radiologist who has spearheaded a campaign called Image Gently to decrease radiation to children in diagnostic radiology. The organization encourages physicians to use the least amount of radiation when performing tests on children such as conventional X-rays, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, computed tomography, dentistry, cardiac imaging and imaging in the setting of minor head trauma. Part of their campaign is making physicians and technologists and nurses aware of the amount of radiation being used as well as talking with parents about any of their concerns. It is an educational program where there is communication with all those directly involved in these studies as well as all medical organizations which support them. It has had overwhelming success with over 63,000 pledges to date to take part in this program.
Marilyn is showing us how we can change the world by communicating and dialoguing with all people who have a special interest in trying to solve a problem, talking together, working together, celebrating when answers come, and honoring those who are bringing the vision to reality, seeing the power of community.
I see how important this could be in our spiritual life as well. We find more answers to spiritual questions in community where we could not understand our concerns by ourselves.
Yesterday I met with my spiritual director who helped me understand a dream that had baffled me for days. Each day in the early morning I go back to the dream and see another insight where she was leading me as if she and all those who have taught me about dream work are still guiding me.
We also have many parts of ourselves, inner masculine, inner feminine, the child within, and so many more. When we can see them as helpful in solving problems we face rather than unwanted adversities, especially the weaker parts of ourselves, answers come. It is in our weakness in our vulnerability, especially in community that God, the Holy Spirit creeps in and helps us discern a path where before we only saw a jungle. In community we image gently.