(From Sevens in the Rain...)
There is a Mystery in the butterfly:
A squishy caterpillar dissolves in a cocoon
And is somehow imagined into a brand new being.
Somehow, too, we are all the left-overs of star-dust!
For a while we were mutant algae in forgotten waters:
Now we are human beings, still rising
And falling and dissolving: into the butterfly of "Only One"...
Following the pathway of the breath, we may discover our place of rest in the endless depths of our hearts: where harmony and wholeness mirror the Divine Unity... there, in that holy of holies, as the butterfly in her cocoon, we may experience the enlivening of our souls and fly as the caterpillar resurrected into a "soul-bird", or butterfly, into the mind of God... Within each one of us, at the "empty" core of our being, is a secret "knowing" of our oneness with the One Love Consciousness, with the entire manifested Universe, and with every other sentient being... The pattern of Oneness is engraved in our DNA... The vast empty spaces of every atom are filled with the invisible Energy of Imagination sparking every possibility... To penetrate, as deeply as one may go, into this Mystery: the "No" of every definition: is the mystic challenge...
The human is the manifestation of the possibility of the Divine knowing Herself. Lucky us: to be mirrors of the Divine Potential! Transcendence and immanence meet and mingle in the awakening consciousness of each person: calling forth a response of adoration and surrender and then the activation of compassion... The vision of a Planetary Culture of Harmony, Kindness, Equality, Justice, and Peace arises within the mystic heart from the very "Heart of the One"... And the Earth, Herself, is embraced as Mother of Our Inter-Being... The budding mystic-activist labors to free her consciousness from the prescribed limitations of culture and religion into the freedom of a radiant life without limits: in service to those who suffer, and in the passionate pursuit of a Planetary rEvolution...
Listen deeply to the stirrings within your heart! You know, even if you can't put a finger on it, that you have been made for so much more than life as a "squishy caterpillar"! Endless work and endless consumption are the playing fields of the caterpillars... not even the hope of occasional rest is cure enough for the restlessness that is the fruit of an essentially mindless pattern of social domination! Maybe week-ends off and maybe a house you can finally call home will never satisfy the craving potentials ready for flaming in your heart! Realize: you have been created at this moment in time precisely because you have within you the extraordinary possibility of transformation! The Divine Mother exists for all eternity on the maternity bed of "One Love Consciousness": we are each called to emerge from the "cocoons" of our very small self-identities into the limitlessness of Her Wild Love...
In this Wild Love: all Power exists only to serve and liberate: Greed is transformed into the Common Good: Injustice becomes Equality and Justice: Exploitation and Oppression become Harmony and Solidarity: Consumption becomes Abundant Simplicity: and the Religions of Domination become the New Age of Perfect Liberty In Love... In this Wild Love, there is no theology that can control, politics that can manipulate, or money that can buy submission... In this Wild Love, there is the joyful liberation of the "possibilitarian" just waiting to finally bust loose from the "cocoons" of yesterday, and into the unleashed "skins" of Radiance...
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.