And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. —1 Samuel 3:1 “You are being prepared to receive a message.” These internal words are accompanied by a shift of awareness to a deep interior place. Around me is a group gathered in morning worship. Twelve years earlier, in 1984, something had suddenly opened inside me during a year of spiritual searching for the meaning of life. On a night’s walk home under a dark and starry sky, I was given a glimpse of a Light permeating and uniting🔒

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Marcelle Martin is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. She leads retreats and workshops related to spiritual life, and is completing a book telling the story of the communal shift of consciousness made by early Friends.

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