• Bob Holmes

How An Ancient Poem Can Change Your Life




The Breastplate of Saint Patrick is an embodied spiritual practice.

When I first read this poem, I thought, Well, Duh, of course, Christ and the Trinity are with us. Why belabor the point?

Then I realized the poem, was probably sung as a chant, an embodied spiritual practice, especially the midsection, helping us to experience and to feel the presence of Christ, within us and all around us...within us, emanating outward with the life-creating energy of Christ. Let us be conduits of grace.

We are formed of the dust of stars, imbued with the breath of God.

So let us begin again with Christ and not ourselves. Let us move into the restoration of God, and be who we really are. Let us be as Christ is within us.

Seven Points of Being


See if you can envision these Seven Points of Christ's Presence first Within and then on your Right and on your Left, envision Christ Before you and Behind you, Above you and Below you.

Let go, and see if you can experience, feel the energy of Christs' Presence. Christ is with you and in you, as you are in Christ.


Then, Can you see Christ in another? Can we see Christ loving our enemy as Christ loves us?


Come to the Breastplate of Saint Patrick as embodying Christ within and without you.

Allow it to embody and activate this life-giving energy of Christ within you and me, connecting us to everything, to everyone, and to all creation...to move us into that eternal connection all around us, that omnipresence, that eternal unity and oneness of God, as 'Christ is all and in all.' *


We say these things, but do we know them as Adam knew Eve? It's past time for platitudes, this is your moment.


Try to envision with all your heart's eyes, and Feel the living, life-giving energy of Christ coursing within and around you.

Speak it out loud or in the silence of your heart, as a holy mantra or a breath prayer of your whole being. Allow yourself to feel, to be, and to become Christ to the whole world and to all of creation.


Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.


Allow yourself to keep soaking in and savoring the Presence of Christ.



And now, May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the

Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and abide in you forever.


*Colossians 3:11


Research:

Saint Patrick's Breastplate

Vita tripartita Sancti Patricii

ST. PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE


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