"Beautiful are you" and "Welcome Home": five little words that effectively capture -- and unleash -- the living spirit of Yeshua the Poet of Nazareth: you have heard him called "Jesus" and "the Christ"... you have heard him called "Lord" as you have heard him called "Savior"... But have you heard him called "Beloved", "My Lover", and "Mother"?
This may come as a surprise, like the fairly recent discovery that this precious blue Planet, as it hurtles its way across the Universe, is all the time making music and singing... but then, the mystics have been said to lean their left ear just a tad bit closer to their heart while in prayer... because they could hear the same music being played there...
Beautiful are you... If Yeshua the Poet were to look into every face and heart: he would see only the truth of who we are: for many, pride would raise its voice in protest, "If you say the same thing to everyone, how am I to believe that I am special?" For a few others, humility would summon its courage to whisper, "If you say the same thing to everyone, you need not bother with me." But still to all, there would only be the same, "Welcome Home"...
There is a Mystery to the Way that Love is animating consciousness and evolution... Mystery begins with adoration and surrender: when asked, "Will you teach us how to pray?" The Poet says, "You must pray the same way that you make love, with no thought but of delighting your Beloved. But if you must use words, say 'Beautiful are you, Beloved of Earth and Sky! We cherish your Name like our breath: and how we bless your breath of love within us! May your love always encircle the Earth with mercy and compassion! May your love always feed us and all life with Good. And may you bring us all into the safety of your rest.' Something like this would be enough... But understand, prayer is really a movement, a whisper, of love... Prayer is like your lover's face nuzzling your neck and the soft tickle of eyelash upon your skin... If you remember this, you will draw ever closer to the One who is Love."
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.