Thursday, November 29, 2007

You are not alone, beloved.

I write because I want you to know you are not alone, beloved. We were and are here with you. What you feel we feel and felt. That with which you struggle is our struggle as well. The way you seek and the way you go, we go and went that we might find our spiritual and mindful ancestors. We each have names and we are the voices of the cosmos speaking the truth in human sounds.

I write that you may know you are loved and longed for, beloved. Despite appearance to the contrary we are and were here fostering and nurturing the transformation from the world of dominance and violence, suffering and ignorance to the sacred creation unfolding in the presence of the love which is the Great Spirit and mystery of life. I write to let you know we are here together. You are not alone. We shall find each other as we have from the beginning.

We meet each other in the moment of truth. We dwell together in the light. We have no master or mistress but God and no weapons but the love of the one who causes us to be. You are the longed for one who is always coming into being from nothingness. You are the awakened on awakening from the dream of the world. You are the creation’s desire for self reflective consciousness. You are the healing in your time and place and from your body and mind shines the light which illuminates our shadows. Come beloved, into your own which is prepared from before time and space by the Creator who frees us to be.

I write to you beloved child of yesterday, today and tomorrow because we want you to take heart and be present in all your potential. We want you to accept the gift of freedom, transformation and enlightenment which is planted like a seed at the core of your being. We are with and for you, beloved.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Entering Another’s Bubble

Entering another’s bubble is a sometimes frightening thing. I try to select people who don’t have armored bubbles. There is less chance of conflict and confrontation. After all, each of us is the Creator’s representative within our personal bubble. I am also one of the Creator’s creatures and would share a bit of the vision the Great Spirit gave me for it is the way and the truth. You might wonder why anyone would want to share anything with a stranger when the safest course in this civilization is steering clear of everyone you don’t need to have contact with as a means of avoiding violence and abuse, especially if you happen to be profiled on the basis of race and status. But speaking the word of peace requires a certain amount of risk-taking in the world of violence into which we human beings have awakened.

It is not simply a matter of preaching to the choir for the choir already knows the song of the community of life and sings it to the best of its ability. The speaking of the word of peace is the speaking of truth to power for if its power cannot be turned from violence to creativity humanity will cease to be human and lapse into a spiritual and psychic darkness.

Reaching out and being rejected remains a painful personal experience but not reaching out is an abdication of our responsibility to future generations and the growing diversity and complexity of the creation. We humans are not the only conscious species on the Earth or the creation and the Great Spirit, the mystery of life has the ability and the process in place to evolve spirit filled awakened beings to God’s intent. If we should fail to learn the way that makes for life it will not be for lack of signs and miracles and guides along the journey through time. It will be because we came to a moment of profound choice and chose to ignore the truth and followed the lie that coils its way around our desire to be as gods.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Like a Stranger and an Immigrant

Having grown up in this nation where I feel like a stranger and an immigrant, I don’t feel I am of it or it is of me. When I was a child and a young man I believed what I was told and acted as though I were a part of it. But I stopped wanting to be at home in this civilization, in this culture and society as I learned the truth. I wanted to be another way, a way that spoke to the deep places within me. I am a human being, an Earth man.

I have entered into relationship with Earth and Heaven against the civilizations and cultures of her oppressors and destroyers, the cities of the dominators and colonizers, the dominions of the man gods. I cast my lot and hope with Mother Nature, with her waters and soil, her dark humus, rocks and stones, and that which worms and wings it blessing through her. I choose in favor of what breaks the willfulness of the destroyer to destroy.

The Creator plants the seed of light in the darkness that violence and fear might know their ways lead only to their end. All things pass away but the one that lives in life as life itself. This one who pours love through individual human beings to transform the moment and redeem the time shall not be undone by empires or legions of believers. This one who nurtures and coaxes, who enflames the human spirit to rise and take its place in the community of life will not be denied the sweetness and joy of our very human awakening.

Though we rise and fall and rise again, though we forget who and what we are and then again remember, though we have no clue who calls and what for, we shall be as intended when we so intend. It is an act of faith this death to fear and death itself. It is a letting go, a surrender of all the weapons and armor we use to fend off our fears and to control the other. It is the Buddha consciousness, the mind of Christ, the beauty way.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wishing each other a Thanksgiving

People are wishing each other a happy Thanksgiving and expressing their gratitude for life. The images of thanksgiving make some of us sad even though we are grateful for life. We think of the indigenous people of all lands and what the dominator cultures and societies did and do to them and we are sorrowed. At Thanksgiving some of us are sorrowful for those who are oppressed and exploited by the dominator predator model of thinking that operates in the world. We feel great connection to the people, the imprisoned, the wounded and abused, the left out, the meek of the Earth, the chosen, the faithful ones of the Great Spirit for the powerful of the world grind us to dust.

We remain grateful for life for it is a gift from the Creator no matter how damaged or distorted by our unconscious acts. We are grateful for the opportunity to enter into relationship with God through the creation. We are grateful and give thanks for the consciousness we have and the light we are given to nurture. We are grateful the Earth feeds our bodies and spirit with hers and that we journey as part of her in the universe.

We are grateful for the Spirit of life which teaches us to laugh as well as weep. We are grateful and give thanks for the Beloved and all the forms the Beloved takes. We give thanks for our bodies, minds and spirits and for those of the others to whom we relate. We give thanks for feelings and that within each of us which feels its way to the wisdom that surpasses understanding.

We give thanks for the truth though we may not yet know it fully. We are thankful that it exists and is the source of all life and makes itself known, here and there, now and then. We are grateful and give thanks that none can possess the truth but that we may be lifted by it.

Finally, we are grateful for the light that breaks into our darkness leads us on the way that is life eternal. We give thanks for friends and family, the stranger and the other. We ask you, Beloved Spirit of life, to create in us a holy place where we may drink from the spring of love and wisdom that flows from your presence in the creation.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Thunder Dreamer

Dreams tell me the way of violence is coming to an end.
We are left with a crippled home to care for as though it is ours
though we may not be of the world that made it thus.

We are the aliens, the outsiders, the strangers, the dirt people.
We are the poor and the oppressed. We are the raped and wounded.
We the maimed and broken have nothing but God’s promise.

We are the beloved of Mother Earth yearning for justice.
We are the creation becoming conscious on the way.
We are the awakening and the turning.

Dreams tell us it is happening even as we sleep.
The empires of man are falling beneath the weight
of their shadowy arrogance and they are afraid.

The dreams tell us to come out of their clutches, beloved.
Let them die in peace. Ease their going for they fall prey
to a disease of mind and soul. A heart rot leaves them empty.

The dreams say it is time to set right what we can,
time to tend our relations. The Creator is in the creation.
The fall wind strips dead leaves and limbs from trees.

Winter draws us tight to each other and spring waits on us.
This man’s world comes to an end and heaven and earth
are one. That is what the dreams say.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Father Creator if we ask you to reveal

Father Creator if we ask you to reveal our cracks and shadows, do you do it in a way we can understand and accept? Will you help us to see the log in our own eye, the place of our denial? Help us to see what it is in us, in me, which prevents healing. Heal our separation from each other. Help us to understand what it is we need to do this time around to be consciously aware in your presence each moment. Help us see where we put the blocks to your presence in the moment.

Beloved, we want to relate to each other as though you are present in each of us knowing full well we may have forgotten who we truly are. We forget we are your light taking form. And in the forgetting we become frightened children fearful of the spirits we create in our forgetting. Yet most of the creation knows it is you taking form, Beloved. Most of the creation lives in union with you. Not separate from but integrated into the expression of your love.

But many of us do not yet know this in our souls and still delight in the distinctions that make us better than the other, whether the other is a coyote, a pine cone, a granite outcrop. We define ourselves by comparison to whatever is seemingly other and reinforce our sense of separate self as present and accounted for and more valued than these small wonders. Perhaps the judge must suspend all judgments so the Great Mystery has room to operate and the time of control returns to the forces of nature and departs from the hand of man. After all a judge can only judge by human law and the law of humans is flawed for we have made ourselves into gods. While the truth is if we think we are god or act as if we are god or could be god we are far from the way.

Our minds are unique gifts from the creation to itself and to each other for it is the creation which produced this mind, body and spirit from the creative energy of the Creator burning within it. It is the energy which is never consumed but always transformed into greater and greater complexity and differentiation. It is written in the bible that the Great Spirit can create children to Abraham from the stones of the Earth. Children to Abram, inheritors, heirs to the Great Spirit’s blessing of the way, the truth and the light.

Oh Christ, can you imagine Buddha meditating, sitting still while the cosmos revolves and evolves. Empires rising and falling while the light of Malcolm and Martin, Gandhi and Black Elk shines through their fog and darkness like beacons of hope in a sea of unconsciousness.

A well meaning and sincere man asked me what this communion would look like, this consciousness of communality. I answered he should talk to God about it and look for the answer there. He told me he did not like my answer but later apologized because his wife suggested he may have offended me. I was not offended by him saying he did not like my answer. I thought of another way to answer the question. Many want to know what heaven will look like before they will choose it and in the meantime we exist in man made suffering and denial, full of pride and arrogance building empires and cultures of dominance and greed. I have heard that it was Jesus who said seek first the presence of God. Sounds like the place to start and end every endeavor for the sake of all future generations.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Entering through the narrow gate the cosmos stretches before like a meadow fringed with forest. This is the land unmade by human hand glowing naked and natural while raising sounds of joy to the light. The Creator hears the creation and makes and unmakes so we might flourish in its love and be conscious within it. Coming through the narrowest gate can we now discern intent and desire and read the spirit of all things? We are cut free from the anchor of self to find the way and follow it. It is our choosing that makes it thus and thus and thus. The Great Sprit remains though all things come and go hoping what hope there is for the sake of the living light taking form as the instrument of love.

And though love is sweet between lovers it is sweeter still when it is the embrace of all living things and sweetest when we feel its fullness is the presence of the only one who frees us to be that love in the creation.

But early along this dream filled passage the world lays claim to each believing mind and enthralls each body to a communal making of empires and wonders. The idols to which we kowtow and bow, swear fealty and faithfulness, salute and pledge allegiance are the gods we choose to replace the one who makes our coming and our going.

Yet we are never abandoned though we stray far from the truth and the nature of the Beloved. The signs are signed for us to see and ponder. The word made flesh for eyes to see and ears to hear over and over again. An endless stream of God inspired people respond and choose the way that is the creative peace of the Creator’s love in this human made world.

Who are we then beloved of the Creator? To whom shall we give ourselves? Who shall we consciously accept into our bodies and souls? No one can choose for us when it comes time for choosing. Here is the gift of choice which is the life of the spirit and the promise of Beloved’s love fulfilled.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

To those who inherit the future

These words are written for all the generations that are yet to be. I write to all who will inherit the future which human beings now make. There are no excuses for we who live now and I will make none. We are responsible. We know what we are doing and we do it anyway.

The Great Spirit shall heal the damage we do and evolve a creation and consciousness that fully appreciates and holds holy the presence of the Beloved in the creation. But this confidence does not relieve humanity of its responsibility to the cosmos. Our hearts know this. It is not our humility which destroys life but our arrogance.

Many we entrust with power are unready to serve the God of life or surrender their will to the Great Spirit. Many of us choose to trust and follow those who affirm our egos and self righteousness and lead us where we “think” we want to go. We prefer to be right than to follow the truth. Many of us do not want to believe the prophets, martyrs, saints, holy ones, enlightened ones, signs, miracles or the way. But ultimately, as you know, beloved yet to be, the Great Spirit breaks through into our consciousness and transforms us from what we think we are into what and who we are called to be by the love that creates us.

Somewhere along the way, each of us is awakened from the dream of the world to dwell in the presence of the way, the truth and the light. And even if it is only for a moment, that moment has profound influence on the evolution of all forms and of the whole. There is a voice within which speaks and clears the way in that awakened consciousness. It is a voice of compassion, peace and forgiveness and though the world conspires against it and tries to kill it and deny its existence, it lives.

But you know this already, beloved yet to be. You see what is and travel the way. You choose the truth and bless the community of all living beings. You heal the breach between humans and the living God. You restore Mother Earth to all her fecundity and encourage life in its diversity. You teach the powers of this world the way and cause them to serve life. You allow yourself to be transformed by the Spirit of God. Ho.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Creator and the world work at cross purposes. Please understand that the world does not mean the Earth for the Earth naturally follows the Creator's way. What I mean by the world is the human made systems which are overlaid on the Earth and it creatures. The world is created by the thoughts and actions of the dominant life form on the planet, Homo Sapiens. The Creator and the world each have their ways, but the true way to the Spirit's source and home is God's way, the Great Spirit's way. The holy ones know it and live it. The world denies and desecrates it. Jesus believes it and becomes it. Buddha lives it. Malcolm found it and is true to it. Black Elk prays it. Many are the holy ones who make the way their own through faith in the Great Spirit of all life.

The world and God work at cross purposes. God frees us to live while the world would enslave us so that it might become god to us. The world would like to capture and hold our attention. In fact, it strives to enthrall us as we accept its beliefs. The world would make us complacent participants in its domination of all forms of life. The world of domination would like to have complete and absolute control over everything and each of us. Manipulation and control as tools of power over the other are hallmarks of the world's way. Individual life is meaningless and worthless to the world for it feeds on death.

All is not lost, though it seems bleak and full of despair for the interdependent web of life at this moment in the human story. The God of life/love has planted the seed of transformation in each being and illuminates the way. Each of us finds the way. Sooner or later the light dawns within each of us, whether we are willing or unwilling, and we recognize it. Though our lives seem like a moment in the life of the whole creation, we come face to face with the Spirit of life in that awakening.

Perhaps this awakening is influence enough to cause us to look here in the present moment for the presence of the Beloved. Now that we know the truth is so near perhaps we shall set aside weapons and defenses and invite the truth to come in and stay with us as long as it will. Perhaps we understand now that each is precious to the whole and begin to mend what is broken and heal the illness that destroys life. Perhaps we come to know who we are individually and collectively and become the ones for which the Earth longs.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Now that we know the way things are, what shall we do to set things right? Now that we can see the problem, what shall we be about? Must we always be vigilant with the gift of clarity? What shall we do in this world of human making? The spell has been broken. There is no god but God. All that would be God’s in this world must through this gate enter. There is no god but God. Everything comes from God but that which would set itself up as authority over the creation has already lost its way. There is no god but God. Can I say it any plainer?

The creation is sacred. What we do to it matters. We come from a generation and time where the prevailing belief is what we do does not matter. This is a time when all things are relative and equally unimportant morally and ethically. It is a time when power, domination and material wealth are the reason for life. It is a time when those who have power use it to their own ends and those without are used to their detriment and ruin. It is a time when self interest and gratification are primary and encouraged and consequences are not considered unless they are personal. It is a time when we each live in a personal world insulated and isolated from the heights and depths of the fullness of the living experience of the creation. We choose ignorance and are happy in it as well as vicious, uncaring, violent and destructive.

Yet the Creator does not permit any of us to remain unconscious to the suffering we create but grows consciousness from matter. God grows the Holy Spirit in us and in all life. As part of the process, God makes us aware of God’s presence in us, in the other and between us. God makes it clear that the way is not a game of domination and one-upmanship but of recognition of God’s presence in self and other, I and thou. We experience God because we can see God in each and in the whole.

Hey, Sugar Pine standing such a long time by where the canal has been dug, we are your relations. You are our sister/brother and we thank you for your courage doing the Creator’s will. We know you choose the way same as we do. We know you take a stand and cannot run when ignorance and misfortune come your way. We ask permission, Beloved, to stand by you and pray for all of us. We are of the same heart, mind and spirit and the Creator shall have the way of which we are a conscious part. Ho.