Before all else, what do the children of the world most need from adults?
Of course, there are the obvious essential needs like food, safety, nurturing, play, community, education, and hope... but, admit it: when it comes to all the children of the world, most adults don't really give a hoot... Oh, sure if a child in need happened to cross your path, maybe / probably you would take some sort of action... but who among us takes sustained action to guarantee the essential needs of every child? And who really cares that every nine minutes the equivalent of a passenger jet filled with children crashes (roughly the number of children who starve to death continually). Guns will continue to kill, drones will keep finding their targets, injustice and oppression will continue stalking the world, violence will still be justified by anyone with the power to do so... so what is it that children most need from the adults of the world? Is there anything that might change the minds of adults? Is there a way for us to actually move forward into transformation?
Appearances aside, I submit that we are on the cusp of an evolutionary leap: the long, dark, age of chaos is coming to an end: and that which will increasingly facilitate this leap is our recognition that to leap we must get down on our knees: but not before the god of power with its many arms of war, oppression, greed, profit, exploitation, inequality, slavery, consumerism, justifications, hatred, and fear... but before Beauty: the divine feminine "suchness" of reverence for the Earth, for every "other", for the fraternity of creatures, for equality between the male and the female, for the spiritual equality in faith leadership, for justice, harmony, abundant simplicity, a caring economics and personalist politics: that puts the good of all before either personal profit or self-pleasure: that delights in art, music, gardening, and literature: that 'welcomes home' everyone on the margins: that enjoys the free gifting of delight and sensuality: and that reveres the Earth as a living 'inter-being' and regards the health of the soil, water, and air as essential gifts for every child of the future.
Beauty, the Divine Feminine, has been abandoned by the religions of "men". Power is the god most men bend their knees to: read the world scriptures with eyes wide open! Page after page devoted to every possible manifestation, application, and justification of power: if every word, command, or action in the service of power were removed from the world scriptures, what would be left? It is precisely there in that core that one is likely to find something of genuine revelation and truth: it is there that one will find the Mother and Beauty, Kindness and Compassion, Justice and Love: everything the children of the world need and deserve!
Transformation requires a lot of "cutting and pasting", but this important (essential) first step must be taken if power is to placed in the service of global liberation -- instead of domination. This re-orientation will be challenging (especially for those who profit from their particular angle on power), but everyone deserves a breath of fresh air and the opportunity of one big (gigantic) sigh of relief. And regardless of where you start with your "cutting and pasting", the one message of Universal Love will be your conclusion: the prophets of compassion, kindness, and service will shine with a true (and humble) light: and the essentials of adoration, reverence, and surrender will be everyone's mystical inheritance... as we begin our walk upon this Way, the children of the world will finally receive the world they deserve: and as for us, we will finally have accepted our sacred duty: building Paradise upon this precious blue Planet: and it all starts right now when we, one by one, bend our knees at the feet of Beauty.
"There is Only One. Love Every One. Feed Every One."
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.