Tuesday, February 20, 2018

On The Public Good

I have long believed that we are not set on earth to just live self-involved little lives; we can, of course, if that’s all we’re up to, but I think that we have a “mission” of sorts; I think we are on board to add to the public good, or if we are considering ourselves from a more spiritual aspect, we are here to reveal the Presence of God more perfectly! This, I think, is a perfectly natural way of seeing ourselves as living beings. We all are people who either use up the resources at hand…or we add to the betterment of the life and resources that were here to receive us. Simple…just a passing on of the greater good that came into life with us.

Bring new structures...

We can do this in any number of ways. We can use our brains to bring new structures into the way human beings affect the earth and its minions. We can also use our hearts and minds to engage in the consciousness raising of our homes, neighborhoods, cities and the very planet itself.

Not neutral nothings...

We are not neutral nothings. Because our bodies take up space and our minds affect the thought atmospheres around us, we will either add to or subtract from the very lives we are living. These days our world needs the best of us…energies, hearts and spiritual love… big, life-securing deals sometimes, but mostly lots of every day, mind-opening, listening-ear, small deals.

Are we up for this?

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You may also enjoy "Spirit as Flow, Spirit as Form." 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On Coming from Everywhere

I was born in a fair-sized coastal city located in the Bay Area of California, and while I have been able to visit a few lovely areas on the planet, I have lived only about twenty miles from the place of my birth. Therefore I can readily say that I come from San Francisco, California. My husband, on the other hand, was born in Romania and was schooled in France. He made his way to England just as WWII was erupting in Europe. Being multilingual, he helped to re-settle refugees all over Europe and parts of Africa after the war, eventually making his way to America and settling on the West Coast. Therefore he can readily say that he comes from everywhere.

Varied and interesting cultures...

I have had to intentionally broaden my boundaries to include to the varied and interesting cultures that increasingly emigrated to my neighborhood and surroundings. I have had to unsettle myself regularly to become more than my monocultural upbringing. Good thing, too, because unsettlement quickly became a way of life and has continued as part of my growing up…long after I thought I had grown up…because I was one who came from a simple somewhere.

Universally-shared spirit...

However, my husband, coming from everywhere, has never met a stranger, never been unsettled in his greetings of others. He has always recognized the same universally-shared spirit in all, while I have spent a good while in constant discovery.

Live in discovery...

Makes you think that coming from everywhere is not such a bad idea, doesn’t it! Barring that, we can all learn to live in discovery.

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You might also enjoy "On Suiting up." 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

On Love and Death

      “ ‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch.”

                                                                 Yehuda Ha Levi

Beautiful statement, isn’t it? And ultimately frightening because it leans on a core knowledge that everyone and everything we love will one day disintegrate into death. That which matters so much cannot be guaranteed, no matter how faithfully we may murmur our prayers or serve our gods. We dare not bring this up in the course of our days; it is too fearful to contemplate, but in the quiet places in the backs of our minds, it is always there.

We love anyway...

Strangely… even though we know that death lies in hidden dark corners, we love anyway. Perhaps we cannot help it because it’s in our natures to love. Perhaps we know what the philosopher, Ernest Holmes, meant when he said that “the life that has not loved has not lived…,” that the risk of painful loss is worth taking to have the fullest experience of being alive. It almost seems a bit perverse, doesn’t it, that something that brings so much joy can also bring so much sorrow!

It's a dance we do...

It’s a dance we do, then… loving the beauties in our lives and yet hoping, somehow, that this time death will not touch them. A bit dispiriting at times, maybe, but yet we do it… we do it because not to do it creates its own agony. Puzzling, perhaps, but part of our humanity, I suppose…

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You may also enjoy "On Revelation."