GAZING WITH THE BELOVED
By Rhoda S. Glick
Awareness. As I allow myself to become aware of being lovingly gazed at by the Divine Lover, I can gaze back and am named Beloved. And the intimate dance of gazing and becoming takes place between the Divine Lover and the Beloved.
Both Mystical Theology (MT) and Gestalt Pastoral Care (GPC) identify awareness as basic to life-giving experience.
MT invites us to the awareness of the ever-constant Presence of our Divine Lover, who longs for intimate re- lationship with each person. GPC likewise invites us to be aware of this Presence and it also provides us with a process for removing all that keeps us from connecting with and living in the beauty and power of this inner real- ity. (See Tilda Norberg and Robert Webber’s Definition of Christian Healing in Stretch out Your Hand.)
Both invite. Both name awareness as basic to becoming and being. MT provides the foundation out of which GPC operates. And since MT is more than a dead theology of aboutism, at its center and core is the experience with the living reality of the Trinity. MT invites us to behold and to gaze at the mystery of our Divine Lover, who is already in us. As we respond to the invitation to gaze, we experience the reality of Divine Presence within.
Likewise, GPC is experiential in nature and avoids the pit- falls of “sterile aboutism.” The awareness and in-depth work of GPC supports the individual as she repeatedly says “yes” to the invitation to healing. And from that heal- ing is birthed a heightened awareness of being Beloved and one with The Beloved.