The Light Of Love And Understanding
As we head into this bright, hot month of June in the Midwest the sun
is heading toward its zenith, its longest day, the Summer Solstice.
Solstice means sun standing still. This holy day represents
a time of contemplation and reflection in the Earth-Based spiritual
traditions. It is a time to consider and reconsider our relationship
with our lives. In that contemplative spirit it seems utterly fitting
that I have written and rewritten this monthly newsletter trying to
get to the bottom, to the center, of what Im feeling and thinking.
the sun is at its zenith it is the symbol of our highest point of activity
in our outer lives. In order for us to be balanced it is important to
also slow down and give ourselves time to rest between the planting
in the Spring and the reaping of the harvest in the Fall. In this spirit
it seems fitting that my purpose in writing these newsletters is to
be educational and inspirational as a balance of inner and outer focus.
By being educational and inspirational I feel like I am inspiring all
of us to reach for the zenith of our capacity, and then giving thanks
for the blessings we are always receiving. I find this process to be
one of the most fascinating paradoxes in our lives. Sometimes it doesnt
seem particularly easy to see the blessings in our lives. When I am
feeling that way I gently remind myself of an interesting spiritual
principle that reminds me what I dwell on is what I create! I believe
this principle. That is one reason it is so important to me to be educational
and inspirational not only for others but for myself as well. In my
opinion, there is nothing more powerful that we can do for ourselves
and each other than be educated and inspired! When we educate and inspire
ourselves and each other we are reaching out beyond ourselves and we
are tapping into the infinite flow of blessings that is always available.
I have needed to remind myself of this Truth lately. I have needed a
more relaxed, peace-filled, happily expectant attitude! I
have found it again inside me!
spirit of a contemplative educational and inspirational theme I would
like to share my thoughts with you on two choices we can make in our
lives. We can choose to live a spirit of racism or we can choose to
live a spirit of community, or common-unity as I have come
to think of it. They are opposite ends of the same pole! Racism is just
one of many symptoms of a culture divided against itself. Racism is
a longstanding system of cultural violence that expresses a profound
disconnect; a profound unhappiness with ourselves that we project outward
because we have lost touch with our truly generous loving inner spirit.
We dont seem to recognize that we all come from the same Spirit
so we rely on thought/action patterns based on appearances; based on
many false superiorities that cover up an underlying inferiority. The
respectful middle ground is equality. The respectful middle ground is
community, a common-unity that expresses our awareness, and our joy
and appreciation that we are all sisters and brothers in the common
family of our shared humanity. What an inspired, uplifted worldview
In my personal
and professional life my heart and mind are steadfastly united in the
principle and practice of respect, integrity, common-unity, understanding.
I have said before its been a long journey and a worthwhile one.
I wouldnt trade it for the world. One of the greatest joys of
my life on this journey is mentoring people in every way possible toward
personal empowerment and leadership development. I believe that as the
worldwide movement that has really taken a quantum leap in the last
thirty years continues to gain momentum we will see great strides toward
peace, environmental responsibility, honoring and respecting all people
regardless of race, gender, spirituality, age, sexual orientation. We
will replace fear, shame, secrecy, and hostility with joy, compassion,
openness, and respectfulness. The many ills that afflict our divided
hearts and minds will largely be a thing of the past as we unite our
hearts and minds in the expression of respect for the common good, in
respect for our common-unity. Im excited to do this work and to
join with others in this brave effort. Being passionately engaged with
life strengthens our resolve and broadens and deepens our understanding
of what is happening in our world so we can move in the directions of
making the needed changes. There are many changes to be made; many hearts
and minds to be opened!
this worldwide effort I want to mention two books Ive mentioned
before. One is The Power Of Partnership by Riane Eisler, and the other
is The Intelligent Heart, by Bruce MacArthur and David MacArthur. Both
of these books are sharing groundbreaking revelations on the greatness
of our spiritual capacity as humans. Both of these books are, in my
opinion, the zenith of educational and inspirational works expressing
the generosity of spirit that I truly love about our shared humanity.
As you consider the ideas in these brilliantly written, hope-filled
books I hope you are filled with the love and peace and courage you
need to live a life of integrity, passion, and joy. I hope you will
shine your bright, bright light that is so very needed in this world
today!!! As we continue to greet each other eye to eye and heart to
heart as treasured equals in a shared humanity, and common-unity we
will see our bright, bright capacity to live together in love and peace
and respect. We will not be swayed by fear and violence and hatred of
any kind because we will see these illusions for the sad, heartless,
mindless aberrations they are!!! We will see the goodness of our true
nature. We will see the massive amounts of good being done in the world.
We will see and live the light of peace and love and harmony each moment,
each day, each lifetime!!! Blessings to us all as we lovingly, diligently
craft a conscious life based steadfastly in the abiding presence of
loving Spirit!! Namaste to you, my sisters and brothers, caretakers
of ourselves and each other!!!
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