Participation, by Suzy Newman

What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as One,
Received not in essence but by participation.
It is just as if you lit a flame from a live flame:
It is the entire flame you receive.
    --St. Symeon the New Theologian
(949-1022)

I absolutely adored this when I read it this morning.  I love the imagery of the flame because it makes total sense to me.  The “essence” St Symeon is referring to, I believe, is God (the flame)…and to believe I am the essence of God is a very comforting thought.

Yet, without participation, that’s all God is, just a thought.  A very pleasant and comforting thought, yet a thought nonetheless.   In order to access the God within me, I must participate.   Then the question becomes, what does participate look like, or mean? 

To participate means being conscious and present in every moment I can. The Kabbalah teaches it takes two to ignite the creative forces in the universe.  So if I do not present my essence, by participating, nothing new will be created and I just live in the lovely thought, I am the essence of God.  

Participation /presence though (that’s where the real magic happens) allows me to tap into the creative powers of the universe which brings about change in my life and also in the world around me.

The School of Healing Arts here at The Estuary teaches how to participate in the Presence of True Self and Presence of God.  Here in community and love true Presence Unfolds.

Suzy Newman
Integrative Therapist, The Estuary
615-714-0773
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Suzy Newman

Suzy has been helping clients in her private practice at The Estuary since 2001. In addition, her spiritual values and interests led her to pursue post graduate work at Vanderbilt Divinity School.  A strong advocate for women and children, Suzy hasserved as Board President for CASA (Court Apointed Special Advocate).  Her interest and experience in the peaceful resolution of family transitions led her to become a trained Family Mediator.  Since 2004, Suzy has served as an educator for The School of Healing Arts and is currently the Director.

It is Suzy's wish to welcome and respect each individual with whom she works.  She does this by providing a safe and non-judgemental space for each client.  She accomplishes this through a combination of talk therapy modalities and, if desired, "hands on" energy therapies.  Suzy's treatment orientations include experiential therapy, psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Suzy works with adolescents/young adults (ages 15-19) and adults.  She has experience with food/eating and body issues, depression/anxiety, relationship/family issues, cancer/recovery, and gay/lesbian issues.