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This ‘Triangle Talk’ is a way of speaking about the interiority and freedom of the human person. It’s something of a beginner’s guide to the interior life. It gives us a very easy-to-use ‘language’ for communication about very serious spiritual realities, and helps us have some distance from intensely personal issues.
It began as a way of demonstrating how to balance the pressures of life without violating the self, or others, and has expanded to become a road map to interior freedom.
I was asked to speak for the first Apostles of the Interior Life National Collaborators meeting – about beginning the ‘interior life’. I prayed about how one speaks to such a group (all people who are following the Sisters’ charism and, clearly, have already begun to explore the interior life). I felt I received the talk whole, like a poem sometimes comes to me all of a piece.
I thoroughly enjoyed helping those adults see through more childlike eyes. What has surprised me so much is the way this ‘language’ has continued to grow for me in conversations with other women, and with my kids.
One person who sees me for spiritual mentoring even taught it to her husband! It helped them so much that I now suggest it as a real, grown-up communications tool for married couples, parents-and-children, and others. The whole text of the original talk is available as a pdf on my Resources page, and you can look there for other applications of this ‘algebra of personhood’. One thing funny about my family is that my kids have now heard ‘Triangle-Circle’ so often it is a shorthand between us for some surprisingly huge concepts.
I’d love to hear how others are responding to this.