Step Six involves compiling the material that has been recorded in Step Five, into a concise summary that we can offer to our Logopraxis Life Group when it meets. This summary is known in Logopraxis as a ‘submission.’ Typically, a submission includes the following…
- The number of the paragraph and the chosen piece of Text we worked with
- The spiritual principle we drew from our chosen piece of Text
- The task that was formulated from the principle, to give us a work focus
- A concise summary of what our work revealed for us over the period
Because Logopraxis is focused on the practice of truths, we try to avoid commenting on things in our submission that don’t fall within the range of our direct experience of the Text working in our life. It is also good practice to keep any personal details, related to specific events or people, to a minimum. The idea is not to burden members of our group with unnecessary details, that is, to just offer the essential aspects of our work with the Text. Usually, a general description of the external details that framed our experience, is all that is needed for context.
Our submission is the effect of the Word’s work in us. It is not ours. We have benefited no doubt, but the higher use of the submission is to benefit others as well. The aim, in the offering of our submission, is to give others in our Logopraxis Life Group something that they might be able to use in their own work or to better understand their process. The removal of personal details assists group members to connect more easily to what’s shared and to see its application in their own life. It also encourages us to impartially observe what has unfolded for us, giving us a sense of distance from it, so that we are less prone to falling into the judgement, incrimination and ownership that can so easily take hold of the mind, when engaged in reflective work of this kind.
What’s important, from a Logopraxis perspective, is to relate how our task influenced our mental state: What did we actually experience? What did we learn about our self? About the Lord? About the inner activity of our mind? Were there any insights related to the contents of the reading?
As we share these experiences of the Word working in our lives with the members of our group, it creates a rich learning environment, through which the Lord can teach us. What has been worked into each member, through their willingness to engage with the Text, is what sustains the Logopraxis community; it is the bread which, when broken through being shared with others, opens our hearts so that we might see the Lord in our midst (see Lk 24:30-31).
One of the real delights of Logopraxis group life is to see how people’s work with the Word becomes woven together as a tapestry of collective life when it is shared. It is a regular occurrence that bears witness to how the shared experience of the Word creates a spiritual community – in which the Word leads, guides, and directs all things toward a fuller experience of the Lord, as the “living bread come down from heaven.”