Circle Is Unbroken
I want to celebrate this month of July by thanking all of you who are
reading my monthly newsletter. Im hoping youll tell your
family and friends about my website if you havent done that already.
I feel like we are at such an exponentially important time in the development
of our spiritual, social worldview. We have such a clear, profound choice
between living from a viewpoint of respect or fear!!! Recently I had
the distinct pleasure and honor of hearing an interview of Eve Ensler
on The Jane Pauley Show. Eve Ensler is the creator/writer/performer
of the play, The Vagina Monologues. I saw this play when
it came to Kansas City about five years ago. Even if youve seen
this play I recommend that you go see it again. This play is so timely
as a spiritual, social commentary! At a time when Africa is finally
stopping the horrendously violent cultural practice of genital mutilation
of women, this practice is coming to Hollywood in the form of tightening
the vagina as though something is wrong with it; as an expression of
making women beautiful and good. Im utterly
stunned that this kind of practice is equated with beauty and goodness!
Eve Ensler also talked about her travels around the world. She spoke
of her trip to Afghanistan in 1999 when the Taliban was still in power.
She spoke of her experience of eating ice cream with the women there.
Eating ice cream in that culture was expressly forbidden because it
was seen as too sexual, too sensual; so these brave, brave women would
meet in secret and eat ice cream as an act of solidarity and empowerment
and as a political act! I must declare how grateful I am, and how much
I admire all their acts of bravery!!!!!!
As we celebrate
our independence; as we acknowledge in the heat of July the sun is in
its waning cycle; as we notice all the things happening within us and
all around us it is vitally important for all of us to acknowledge and
celebrate that the circle of life in all its forms is still unbroken!!!
Even though we do horrendous things to ourselves and each other there
is an evergrowing change that is also happening! There is a courage
and generosity of spirit that is exponentially growing worldwide. I
think of what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us: Keep
our eyes on the prize. To me this means remember our wondrous
identity as loving, generous, kind spiritual beings. Remember the amazing
people like Professor John Nash, popularized in the movie, A Beautiful
Mind. This Nobel Prize-winning economist has changed the way the
world practices economics in this very day and age. Professor Nash powerfully
demonstrated that it is far more productive for companies to operate
from a win-win practice based on mutual cooperation, rather
than our three hundred year old Western practice of competition based
on the myth of scarcity! His ideas are being widely practiced today
in some of the very biggest companies on our Earth. The profits of these
companies are soaring because the absenteeism and turnover are both
markedly down, and the morale and productivity are markedly up!!! Thats
what love and generosity can do in every area of life!!! Thats
what love and generosity can do in any area of our life!!!
context of love and generosity I also want to mention Dr. Leo Buscaglia.
I had the great, great honor and pleasure of meeting and hugging this
beloved man years ago. He was known to many as Dr. Love
because he emanated such a great, overflowing essence and presence of
love. I felt that essence and presence. When we looked into each others
eyes I felt like I was looking into the eyes and heart of infinity.
It was a magical experience I will always treasure. He most definitely
walked his talk! He was once quoted as saying, I like to think
the day you were born you were given the world as your birthday present.
Can you imagine that magnanimous viewpoint as your own???
As I consider
the work I do I want to remember that the world is my present! I want
to treat this magnificent present with great respect. I want to be joyful,
loving, kind, patient, and gentle. I want to recognize that change is
needed. I want to proceed gently, patiently, kindly, lovingly. Change
always happens more easily when we are loving, kind, patient and gentle.
Have you ever noticed that Truth? I must practice the change patiently
and faithfully. Immediate results may not seem evident right away. I
must practice keeping the faith! If I want a new pattern of world partnership
I must practice its principles wherever I am each day. If I want a new
worldwide consciousness of generosity I must practice it. I must drop
my old pattern of fear and separation from Source. I must diligently
replace that thought/action habit pattern with love and connection.
I must remember that I truly am one with the Source of Love, Peace,
Generosity, Joy. I must remember that I am worthy of these exquisite
gifts of Spirit. In our face-to-face personal relationships I must remember
there is no need to manipulate by guilt. I have accepted that I am worthy.
I believe that I am worthy. I trust that people love me for who I am!
Theres no need to play the victim in order to get what I want.
I also say no to people when I feel they are trying to manipulate
me in any way! This self-honesty calls us both into a loving awareness
of: our impact on each other, our wholeness, our oneness with Spirit!
This self-honesty is the key to being the powerful, healthy, healing
presence we all are! I must also remember that I am a worthy steward
of the spiritual gifts within me. I must remember that as I use these
gifts and share these gifts they grow in expression in me and in the
world all around me. This same principle works for every one of us!
I love the principle that says, What we share we increase.
We take ourselves out of isolation and desperation! We walk right into
a profound love, joy and connectedness! We train ourselves to love and
trust. We let go of our hurts. We bless them, release them, and flow
back into oneness with our Source of blessings. Its a conscious
daily practice! We move from victim to healer! The whole world is changed
for the better! The change may seem frightening because its new.
We may think, I dont know anything else. I dont know
what this will be like. The key is forgive ourselves for the lesser
visions we held of ourselves and others. Be brave! Move into this new
beginning. Before long well be at a whole new horizon. Well
see with new hearts, new eyes into a much more generous, expansive worldview
than the one we previously kept ourselves locked inside. Well
learn we have given ourselves a new world based on the overflowing Spirit
of Love in us all! The great spiritual irony that I love, hard as it
may seem to me at times, is that Spirits view of us is so big,
and Spirits love of us is so vast its difficult for my human
concept to hold it. So I release myself into its vastness. Lets
celebrate this precious gift of love for ourselves and each other! Lets
celebrate our independence and our very precious interdependence! Lets
be the change we want to see in the world! Blessings to us all!!!
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