Awestruck Podcast is a hero’s journey to the center of you.
Have you ever been awestruck? We were meant to live in this transformed state of attention, not just long for it or experience it rarely. It is the real. It is what makes you real. To be spellbound, captivated, filled with wonder, held in aesthetic arrest, awestruck.
It is in this state of wonder that we find our ability to find ourselves. To be real. And to accept real truth that transforms us into everything we long to be.
Sacred longing. This is the hunger that fuels our quest. But for what, exactly? What are we hungry for?
We long to be whole. And in that wholeness we long for love. Acceptance. Security. Peace. Joy. Fulfillment. Communion. Presence. Purity. And so forth. Through the lenses of the Information Age we attempt to reduce sacred longing into what we might call its constituent parts. And this is where we get into trouble.
Via Pulchritudinis is a Latin phrase meaning way of beauty. And in contrast with the ways of truth and goodness, its appeal does not call for rational consideration. It simply offers itself to behold. To leave us rapt, or awestruck. Today we focus on reading Scripture through the lenses of the way of beauty.
There is a powerful human need to locate evil—that is, to contain it by assigning it a specific, bounded place (in some cases, a particular person)—even though this is impossible. The boundaries of evil are blurry and porous, if they can be said to exist at all. Doug Dorst, from the book co-created by he and J. J. Abrams, "S".
When you give up your time and effort and funds for the sole purpose of helping another human soul, something amazing happens. Your focal point shifts away from yourself and onto the other and the divine begins to flow. It's like turning on a faucet. You come alive. You forget about the mental storehouse of complaints and disappointments you normally sift through all day and you experience gratitude and joy.
Walkabout. What's that about?￼
It's a walk-away. A walk away from the day-to-day activities that whisk you away from yourself.
It's a walk-into. A walk into refinement and refreshment.
It's a walk-without. A walk without feeding the impulses of desire. ￼
It's a walk-within. A walk within the depths of your soul to to rediscover who you are apart from your external identity.
A 90-second Introduction to the Awestruck Podcast