We are whole people. We don’t get to decide which parts of us show up where or bifurcate our personalities based on the social preferences of one environment or another. We aren’t just our goals, or our failures, or families, or our preferred futures. We aren’t creatures of habit, products of our wounds, made of greatest mistakes.  We’re more than our ego, our pet causes or our encyclopedic knowledge could relay. To be human is to be truly greater than the sum of our parts. We express ourselves in interlocking phrases: heart, mind, soul, body, loves and culture. These variations of our central selves affect and are affected by each other, and when they speak the same language, we are open to transformation, new ways of being, flightpaths to the eternal.

The THIRTYSIXWORDS GYRE illustrates how these different aspects (what we call MERONYMS) of who we are interlock and interact.  Our HEART is interpreted by and interprets the world through the constructs of our MIND.  Our SOULS for patterns and techniques, personality traits that appear through our BODIES into the world around us.  Those SOULS become producers and products of what we LOVE further and affirming and translating out into life the wordless impluses of our deep HEART.  And all around us our actions create a CULTURE: a place where the drivers of our HEART, the thoughts and feelings of our MIND, the personality traits of our SOUL, the magnetic pull of our LOVES and the actions of our BODY after others lives, structures and stories within our lifetimes and after.  The journey of transformation to wholeness is to bring the spinning GYRE of these interacting parts of the whole into interlocking clarity through an awareness of and surrender to the presence of all-encompassing, radical Divine Love.

 At the heart of a person is their will.  It houses our most intimate selves, deep with longings for intimacy and ecstasy, fragile with wounds from a world gone wrong. The heart is driving our bus, steering according to old stories and long-silenced values.  If we are to be made new, it ends here, with a refreshed and reformed spirit, remade for a better world.

At the heart of a person is their will.  It houses our most intimate selves, deep with longings for intimacy and ecstasy, fragile with wounds from a world gone wrong. The heart is driving our bus, steering according to old stories and long-silenced values.  If we are to be made new, it ends here, with a refreshed and reformed spirit, remade for a better world.

 Our heart can’t translate the world on it’s own, it is dependent on the mind.  Here our constructs of reality, our memories, our feelings and aspirations interpolate to communicate to the heart and help the heart communicate to the world. But our thoughts stray and our feelings deceive.  Absent of the penetrating reality of beauty, truth and love the mind waits for reformation, skewing our heart’s words all along the way.

Our heart can’t translate the world on it’s own, it is dependent on the mind.  Here our constructs of reality, our memories, our feelings and aspirations interpolate to communicate to the heart and help the heart communicate to the world. But our thoughts stray and our feelings deceive.  Absent of the penetrating reality of beauty, truth and love the mind waits for reformation, skewing our heart’s words all along the way.

 Over time we develop coping strategies, talents, and quirks that make us “who we are.”  These more accessible interpretations of the heart’s groans eventually form a personality and character, a central role we play in the world; the soul of who we are.  Tattooed by the will of the heart and made accessible by the structures of the mind, our souls reach out to touch the world and make real connections.

Over time we develop coping strategies, talents, and quirks that make us “who we are.”  These more accessible interpretations of the heart’s groans eventually form a personality and character, a central role we play in the world; the soul of who we are.  Tattooed by the will of the heart and made accessible by the structures of the mind, our souls reach out to touch the world and make real connections.

 We are embodied souls.  Who we are on the inside, with all it’s inherent complexities and contradictions, does not exist except in the physical world. Our thoughts, feelings,  personalities and wills are formed by our experiences of the outside world, the data collected by our senses, stored in our bodies.  We receive healing physically through words, sights and touch.  It is through the necessary mediation of the body that our inner life is made accessible and real to ourselves and others.

We are embodied souls.  Who we are on the inside, with all it’s inherent complexities and contradictions, does not exist except in the physical world. Our thoughts, feelings,  personalities and wills are formed by our experiences of the outside world, the data collected by our senses, stored in our bodies.  We receive healing physically through words, sights and touch.  It is through the necessary mediation of the body that our inner life is made accessible and real to ourselves and others.

 Human beings are made for connection, but more importantly we are built for attachment—bonding.  For better or worse we get tied up in things and people.  They impact our souls, re-frame our perspectives, establish our roots to the outside world.  Our loves define is in ways we don’t even understand and with each attachment to thing or person our hearts are being formed.  We are made by what we love.  To be made new, then, we must love new things and in doing so, retrain our hearts.

Human beings are made for connection, but more importantly we are built for attachment—bonding.  For better or worse we get tied up in things and people.  They impact our souls, re-frame our perspectives, establish our roots to the outside world.  Our loves define is in ways we don’t even understand and with each attachment to thing or person our hearts are being formed.  We are made by what we love.  To be made new, then, we must love new things and in doing so, retrain our hearts.

 The sphere our influence, our culture, is anywhere that our will wins.  Any  place where we have the power to influence, to create change, to impact lives (and we all have places) we leave a cultural wake behind us: our dominion or kingdom.  Our culture is the imprint our heart makes on the world, and you cannot change the imprint without changing the heart.  As our hearts are reformed, what we  leave in the world is reformed and the hope of a better day for all endures.

The sphere our influence, our culture, is anywhere that our will wins.  Any  place where we have the power to influence, to create change, to impact lives (and we all have places) we leave a cultural wake behind us: our dominion or kingdom.  Our culture is the imprint our heart makes on the world, and you cannot change the imprint without changing the heart.  As our hearts are reformed, what we  leave in the world is reformed and the hope of a better day for all endures.