Has Sprung---We’re In A Growing Time!!!
If you’re a regular reader of my newsletter greetings to you! If you’re
a new reader of my newsletter welcome to you! I’m so excited as I witness
the greening of Mother Nature’s beauty. Spring in the Midwest is a beautiful
season. New life is springing up all over as Mother Nature demonstrates
all of Her grand underground preparations. As humans, our growing cycle
demonstrates a parallel reality. We are now in a grand worldwide, cultural
growing time as we continue the loving, deliberate, conscious transition
from a dominator model to a partnership model. We are moving from a
sad consciousness of fear to a radiant consciousness of love! As an
educator and mental health professional and as a person who believes
in and practices an eclectic spirituality that honors the sacredness
of all of life I am thrilled to consciously participate in every way
possible in facilitating this worldwide effort taking root in every
heart and soul. One of the changes that I’d like to recognize and give
thanks for right now is the 2001 ruling by the war crimes court in the
Hague that finally recognized that mass rape is a crime against humanity.
I read about this ruling in Riane Eisler’s classic book, “The Power
Of Partnership”. Her book details the archaeological evidence of the
Goddess traditions, the amazing partnership societies that flourished
for thousands of years throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and
Europe. As a human and a woman I have to say my reaction to this ruling
in 2001 is achingly bittersweet. The heartsick, bitter side of this
ruling is to imagine that there ever was, and still is, a culture on
Earth that accepts mass rape as “an inevitable consequence of war”,
and is therefore, “ok”, is beyond anything I could ever contemplate,
much less condone, as a sentient being on this Earth! The sweet side
of this international ruling is that it is declared now for all to see
that violence and cruelty are not acceptable as anyone’s cultural tradition!!!
Violence and cruelty are recognized as crimes against all humanity!!!
As painful as this process is I want to say again what I said in last
month’s newsletter that it is so important not to judge these inhumanities!
To judge these events and these people only holds the process in our
consciousness and impedes the effort of transformation!!! In order to
be transformed we must enfold ourselves and all of these events and
people in love and peace and understanding. Being love in action is
the answer to everything!!!! Part of the transformation process is thanking
all the people who are tirelessly working to bring about these necessary
changes. Part of the transformation is that we all join in these efforts
to bring more love, joy, peace and forgiveness into our daily practice!
So, as part of my daily practice, on every level, I am grateful to the
women all over the world who, through their individual and collective,
grassroots efforts, made this international ruling possible!!! Their
work gives me a very precious new appreciation and understanding of
“grass roots efforts”. I now hear “starting from the ground up” in a
new and empowering “herstorical” way! The loving power of cooperative
partnership is now more rooted than ever in my personal and collective
consciousness and I’m grateful!!! I am strengthened, encouraged and
honored!!! I recommit my life toward this healing effort!!! I reaffirm
that I will consciously bring more love, joy, peace, understanding and
forgiveness into my daily life, my daily spiritual practice. I will
recognize that every event is a call to love!!!!!
this kind of action means to me as one person is the demonstrable power
of one! This action reminds me of the mantra, “Be the change you want
to see in the world.” Be one person consciously working collectively
with many others to bring about worldwide change. Nothing could be more
meaningful and more needed!!! As I work toward these changes in this
beautiful season of Spring I give thanks for many things. I give thanks
for the many ordinary people doing extraordinary things!!! I give thanks
for my young adult students who are just beginning their lives as world
leaders in the small and big ways they are preparing for their present
and future. I give thanks for my parents who, in their own ways, were,
and are, passionately devoted to social justice. I give thanks to my
many teachers and mentors who have educated and inspired me to live
at the very top of the good I can imagine for this precious world I
share with others. I give thanks for my own inner Spirit that radiates
with a passionate, focused inner fire and direction that shines the
light of love, joy, hope, passion, compassion, integrity, peace, forgiveness,
confidence, intelligence, wisdom, and devotion to healing as the values
that lead and guide my life. I passionately believe that peace is possible!!!
Peace, love and respect to you, dear friend.
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