Digging continues the process that clearing began, the preparation of the site to fulfill the calling. We dig in to the project, and lay the foundation that the building needs.
It corresponds in the vision of The Golden Room to the long, painful descent down the ladder. This is where the challenges begin, and where many people give up. It is no longer theoretical. We have to get our hands dirty.
Kenosis, the process of self-emptying, becomes more intense. Thomas Keating, the teacher of Centering Prayer, talks about “the unloading of the unconscious” that contemplatives go through as their meditation practice deepens. We need to bring up the junk, the old rocks and roots that will get in the way of solid footings. The great song for spiritual renewal, Psalm 51, prays, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Digging works toward the wide open heart that we need in order for a new and right spirit to rise in us.
The EVOKE Life Planning “Knowledge” phase applies expertise to the Obstacles we find as we dig. It researches what we need to create a strong foundation for our new life. How can we move buried boulders, how can we work with immovable ledge or a high water table—what logistical groundwork or architectural design work do we need to do, whether financial or psychological or relational or some other form, in order to implement our Life Plan?