Process theology sometimes speak of God as the Eros of the universe. God is an act of yearning for the world to be whole, which can itself help make God more complete. This speaks to the role of yearning in human life as well. Often there is more God in yearning than in possessing, in imagining than in acquiring. The beauty we seek is somewhere over the rainbow and we taste the beauty in the yearning for it. Eva Cassidy sings the yearning in her version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow on this page. Just for a moment, you may sense that the place over the rainbow is also, in some mysterious way, beneath the rainbow, in the world it embraces, where the bluebirds sing.
"Y" is for Yearning
Yearning is the force field of desire that draws us to God. It grows out of our sense of incompleteness and our deep need for something more which we know can only be met by The More. It is characterized by a restlessness in our souls. We desperately want to move beyond the petty wants of the ego and break out of the self-constructed prisons that confine us. - Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"I" is for Imagination
"In the spiritual life, imagination has two meanings. First, it is a human faculty — the part of us that traffics in images, symbols, myths, and stories. It is the capacity we all have for innovative thinking and creative expression. Second, the imagination is an inner reality, a boundless realm not defined by our senses or reason that we know from our dreams and can enter via certain exercises while awake. The practice of imagination encourages us to use this faculty and enables us to explore the realm.
- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice