By its very nature, "resistance" is subversive: so what could be more subversive than a "people's church": showing that theology is ours, not for the asking, but for the taking? When profits, privilege, and power are concentrated in but a few hands (billionaires, corporations, religionists), what could be more subversive than an "eyelash theology"? Huh?
If the Unholy Trinity (profits, privilege, and power) requires of the "established order" it dominates a "consciousness and conscience contraction", then should not the goal of transformation require an equal and opposite action: into an expansion of awakening and compassion? To those who deny science because it serves to increase profits (like ExxonMobile) -- but who are nevertheless aware of the integral facts of science -- shouldn't there be a resounding chorus of a contrary visionary experience? Can there be anything more subversive than the living of a "counter culture" that proclaims, through its reverence for the ordinary (protection of soil, water, air), a grand regeneration of Earth and Spirit?
The iconic photo of a "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange is an image of the new heaven and the new earth. The radiant splendor of Mother Love is the exact opposite of the Unholy Trinity: profits, privilege, and power go their "merry" way: perfectly exemplified by Mr. Trump and his Administration: while an "eyelash theology" continues to carry the world forward by countless acts of unlimited love: even in the face of poverty, injustice, inequality, oppression, and violence. As it was in the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression, is now in resistance, and ever shall be in the poverty of undying hope: goodness and kindness without end...
Subversive is the visionary imagination that sees the interdependence of all peoples and creation... The stunning grace of "enough" can transform the world when inspired by an activated compassion. Angels are -- even now -- sitting on the roofs of the banks and towers of privilege and power: they are ready to bust down the doors: but only if we are ready to live differently than the billionaire, priest, or propagandist. That essential "difference" is the cultivated will to render what is due to creation: accept the requirements of "enough": equality, mutuality, cooperation, partnership, kindness, and justice... "Enough" is "eyelash theology": living intentionally at-one with one's place and environment: looking and serving seven generations forward: reverencing the "daily" and the "mundane" as the primary vehicles of growing awareness: sure, we should sit on our ass in serious mediation, but if we are too lazy to clean our toilets -- and protect our rivers -- what good is that meditation?
Subversive is the visionary imagination that sees women and children as equal to men: that has cultivated the spirituality of hearing the heartbeats of the Holy One in the air, waters, earth, and creatures... An "eyelash theology" pursues the Divine in the sacred pleasures of relationship and community: as the Divine tickles our soul with sneaky kisses in the dark, so we eyelash-kiss our beloved: acres and acres of eyelash theology exploring the sacred flesh of our lover: it is exactly how we make love that the Holy One will be with us (Rumi)... Trees feel and think... rivers are conscious... everything is bursting with being-ness... Martin Buber observed, "Primitive man is a naive pansacramentalist. Everything is to him full of sacramental substance, everything. Each thing and each function is ever ready to light up into a sacrament for him." Ah, yes, the visionary imagination is powerfully subversive: "enough" to transform the Unholy Trinity by means of its "eyelash theology"...
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.