Do you put too much emphasis on doing your rituals the “right” way?
My guest Laura Jean Truman values going with the flow.
“I’d say my number one ritual is probably flexibility and not being precious about my rituals,” Laura Jean explains. “I’m someone who really craves a schedule but that means that if my rituals gets thrown off… then, if I’m not careful, it can throw my whole day.”
The former chaplain swears by the spiritual practice of listening to the day and allowing rituals to shift according to energy, mood, and needs.
We tend to get caught up in the idea of ritual as the end in itself — instead of, as Laura Jean says, “a means to bring us to wholeness, as a means to bring us to creativity and stability.”
What if, instead of becoming frustrated by a “failed” ritual, we adapted it to better suit us in the moment?
This type of flexibility is a theme in Laura Jean’s life.
Laura Jean experienced a childhood immersed in Pentecostal theology, which blurs the line between the spiritual and the material. While the oppressiveness of Pentecostalism left Laura Jean with some baggage, it also planted the seed of mysticism.
Though Laura Jean arrived at college a conservative Christian, falling in love with a girl soon changed that.
Laura Jean soon fell into the exploration of queer theology as well… and had to let go of some very rigid Christian ideas
In this episode of the podcast, you’ll discover:
The power of being a challenging voice and standing up against limiting beliefs
The beauty of standing aside and creating space for someone else’s story
The endless potential you can tap into when existing in a meditative flow state
About Laura Jean Truman
Laura Jean Truman is a former chaplain and writer living in Atlanta, GA, writing about queer spirituality and digging into the mystical aspects of Christianity after surviving Christian evangelicalism.
00:44 Introducing Laura Jean Truman
01:09 “What’s your ritual?”
02:16 “Don’t starve to death while you’re reading the menu”
03:40 Mysticism & queer theology
06:45 The liturgy of hospitality
09:34 Flow state
11:19 Creating space for others
11:48 Being a challenging voice
13:39 Your deep self
16:37 The world as chaos
18:08 Exclusionary groups
22:02 Success v mastery
25:17 What’s next
30:43 Creating the sacred
Hell, No: Why Grace is Coming For Us All by Laura Jean Truman
Special thanks to Emily Milling and the team at The Ultimate Creative and our business manager Erika Macauley.
Music for this podcast was recorded with producer Spencer Garn at Diamond Street Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Learn more at www.hollandcreative.io/ritual