"Treat everyone you meet like God in drag." -- Ram Dass
For you, what do you consider the summit of wisdom? For you, what is the "highest" enlightenment? To whom, or to what, would you bend your knee and pledge and yield your eternal life -- if it was asked of you?
I don't aim to merely push the boundaries of "acceptable" spirituality, but to erase them completely! Every boundary is artificial: someone's opinion held up as both the beginning and the end of wisdom. take sensuality as an example. Each of the dominant world religions begins with an assumption: there is a hugely significant divide between the "Divine" and the human... and then they take that assumption and make of it complete theologies of separation! God "there", human "here": and then all of the matter of course break downs: sacred / mundane, spirit / matter, soul / body, masculine (better) / feminine (worse), good / bad, sinner / saint, purity / indulgence, us / them, me / you... and on and on... into "Division" as justification for Domination: and thus we have Today: life from within the Dominator Paradigm... But, I ask, what if?
What if there is an entirely different "Real" Reality? What if that Reality was Oneness: and all separation was only a Mask-of-the-Divine for an endless exploration into the infinitely possible experiences of Love? What if, in Oneness, we are all uniquely, divinely, One? What if sensuality was not "sinful" but instead an invitation to serve Love in one's every thought, word, and action: beginning with one's lover and then extending outward to encompass every being and all of creation? What if Oneness was understood to be our mutual liberation in kindness, gentleness, reverence, service, and compassion? What if all religion, economics, politics, and culture was only the holy competition of loving more and building the Earth in Beauty and Justice? What if we were all to practice the unity, or yoga, of Oneness: "I am You, You are Me, and We are All Together: One?" And what if each and every one of us could have our moment in the spotlight as the worshipped Drag Queen of the Universe?
Do you think that you would look at yourself differently in the mirror? Do you think that you would want to go back to the old dominator paradigm-fake-reality? Do you think that, in the Real Reality that we really deserve, we would any longer waste our time with sexism, racism, militarism, injustice, inequality, exploitation, oppression, tax havens, gun worship, the manipulations of privilege and power, or all the horrible theologies and philosophies of division and separation?
Oneness is the essential practice of the transfiguration that is our birthright. Leaving every thought / action of separation behind, breathe "Only One". Practice beauty by becoming that which you seek: be kind, be gentle, be sensuous, be just, be forgiving, be mercy, be surprised, be welcoming: in all things, be orgasmic with the ecstatic fullness of "One Love"! And then wake up into a brand new world in which "God is Alive and Magic is Afoot" (Leonard Cohen)...
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.