Every life has been created for the dance of Radiance. Every heart has been created for the surprise of Ecstasy. Every love has been created to mirror the One Compassion... This is who we are: and this is our meaning and purpose...
Meditation, mindfulness, surrender, and adoration are the essential interior practices of those intent upon exploring and unveiling their divine possibilities.
Similarly, service freely given, community organizing for justice, advocacy for equality and peace, and the building of a new society within the shell of the old are the essential elements of unleashing our rEvolutionary possibilities. For both the unveiling and the unleashing, compassion is key...
We are the wounded tiger living in mortal agony: individually and collectively: who is willing and able to love enough to change either themselves or the world? We are the darkness and the fire: who is willing to raise her arms and spirit as antidote to our fears? We are the cold stone floor of civilization: who will remove her shoes and dance upon our backs and cause us to believe again that we might be beautiful?
Intentional practice is to dedicate one's breath always for the Other: the One and the neighbor: and the good of every being. Liberating our need to need to succeed: we can slough off our attachments, like the unfulfilled desires of yesterday, for the reality that is divine today: it is only compassion that opens the door of possibilities. Nothing will change without compassion leading us: being us: the more we love, the more we share, the more we give: we open to the essential Nature of the real Reality. For this we were made!
The Light is where we adore and surrender. The Light is where we love without fear dictating limits. The Light is where we open our minds and hearts to the absolute delight of Being Alive: and everything becomes delight, music, poetry, dance, and revelations of beauty. Living the Light: in the deep understanding of our inter-dependence and inter-being is to live stepping into the future for which we dream... The mystic-activist is the person who activates the compassion in her heart: listening to the inspiration of the One Love, acting without attachment to either success or failure, and uniting prayer, work, play, and rest in a passionate -- yet relaxed -- wholeness. All questions as to "being good enough" are set aside for the integrated simplicity of always doing / being one's best. Whatever the chosen action that follows after doing / being one's best will then be free from ruinous self-judgment. This "quantum shift" of perspective from control, manipulation, and domination (the normal ingredients of both spirituality and action) and into the freedom of life as "passionate play" is living light... Do what it is yours to do: with, in, and for compassion: then your life will become a direct transmission of grace...
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.