Odysseys with Wholeness

Nicola Mary Christensen-Johnson

Consenting - The Devotional Pathway

An Online Salon

Sunday 24 March 2024

Spring is on its way, or maybe not!

After a few days of brilliant warmth drawing forth growth and throwing capering hares and snooping pheasants out on the meadows, I find myself sitting at my usual place in the kitchen gazing out at thick fog enveloping the house. The previous light-filled skyline elegantly disappearing in the vanishing point on the horizon so as to lure the promise of reawakening has died out. Surprisingly, I find myself at ease with the closeness offered by the fog, a protective bubble scarcely pierced by the headlights of the milk lorry taking the morning’s delivery to the dairy. The black kites and the larks are grounded, no longer gliding to hunt down mice or soaring in the skies to release their song.

The eye of the mind gives way to the eye of the heart at ease with gazing into the cloud of unknowing. Carefully, and with watchful intent, it scans the narrow band of grass in front of the kitchen catching the white dots of the daisies who have retreated into their buds waiting for the return of the sun to display their joyfulness. The same for the clusters of yellow winter aconites who have diligently been appearing with each wave of warmth. Even more startling, I find myself relishing in the unexpected tunnel vision persuaded by the fog, appreciating the comfort of being enclosed. The intense fire in the heart, kindled by the excitement of the first signs of spring, gracefully welcomes the invitation to slow down and simmer in the nascent fracture cracked open by the first quivers of eagerness.

Are all these seasonal movements compressed into an experience of tunnel vision? No! The metaphor is unfitting and does not do justice to the intimacy offered by closeness. It also conceals the invitation to turn within and voyage among the stillness and fertile darkness where things and people become charged with dream, readying themselves to step fully in the light after the winter hibernation. It is the eye of the mind which plunges into tunnel vision as the thick fog of confusion and indecisiveness rolls in and settles in spaces of depression and despondency. The eye of the heart maintains the bird’s eye view regardless of inner and outer meteorological circumstances, dwelling in the brimming darkness, patiently harnessing the mind of time from within the cloud of unknowing.

Seductive closeness directs the eye of the heart towards the first lines of David Whyte’s poem Start Close In

Start close in,

don’t take the second step

or the third,

start with the first


close in,

the step

you don’t want to take.

from River Flow: New & Selected Poems (Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, 2006).

Is it our fear of travelling the depths of the fracture where anxiety and depression lurk ready to pounce on the solitary traveller brave enough to scour the depths of the human experience, that stops us in our busy tracks and makes that first step so difficult? Are we prepared to visit the graveyards of abandoned identities and discarded unlivedness which might abruptly emerge from our experiences of tunnel vision? Can we courageously follow Orpheus, and others, who dared cross the Styx to reclaim unlivedness from the underworld?

In February we travelled the first pathway of our odyssey with wholeness, the emerging pathway, which appears out of the fog when we pause to breathe and listen to whatever voice is calling us to more of life and a fuller expression of who we are in wholeness. Pilgrims of wholeness, we acknowledged our responsiveness to compelling calls, to then recognise the structures of kindness and the purity of original goodness. In our quest for wholeness, with each step we remember that to choose is a supreme act of creation. So, we are all the more ready now to take that first step, close in, the one we have so often refused to take. Thenceforth, we find ourselves naturally and easefully sliding towards the next movement of our expansion into wholeness: consenting and the devotional pathway.

I consent to turn within and follow the origin question of my devotional pathway leading towards wholeness.

Practical Information

The salon is open on Sunday 24 March 2024 from

  • 6:00 to 10.00 Pacific Time
  • 9:00 to 13.00 Eastern Time
  • 15:00 to 19:00 Central Europe Time


Guests are welcome to drop in at their convenience even if full attendance is recommended to benefit from the elemental transformational powers lodged in an odyssey with wholeness.

There will be short pauses along the journey and, at the end, a time of sharing focusing first on the qualities of our encounter with the devotional pathway, before we disclose our productions, and only if this feels relevant and judicious.

The participation fee ranges between 250,00 DKK and 500,00 DKK with tiered pricing catering for different financial circumstances.

Tickets are on sale via the Webshop and can be bought at any time. Please select the amount according to your possibilities. After payment you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link giving you a direct access to the meeting room.

Budget Price Standard Price Benefactor Price
250,00 kr. 350,00 kr. 500,00 kr.
33 € 47 € 67 €
£ 29 £ 40 £ 58
37 US$ 51 US$ 74 US$
49 CA$ 69 CA$ 98 CA$