The radical insight of our "divine humanity" must be understood as the very foundation of mystical "gnosis". The seed is meant for transformation into flowers anew: and endless numbers of new plants... The baby is meant to grow into adulthood and be filled with the wisdom of the Holy and endless bliss... The condition of "beatitude" is the "knowing by unknowing" the One Reality of Divine Love: "Let us make the human according to our image and likeness" (Genesis 1: 26). Within this Unity is every human: within this Unity is all of creation...
For the mystic, Sacred Imagination is the "bridge" linking the first Divine "What if?" with the entire manifested creation. The Original "What if?" responded to Her own question by birthing an endless "Why not?" As "mirrors", every person reflects back to the Holy One Her own image: looking at each one of us, Divine Love sees only Herself: this seeing is not a negation of our humanity, rather it is the full realization of who we are! We were created so that Divine Love could love-in-action: there is a compelling need always in love to see, to touch, to know, to adore, to surrender, to kiss, to embrace, and to, in every way, experience essential Oneness... "We were created by Love, for Love, to become Love" (Simone Weil).
It is precisely here and now that this root mystic awakening merges with the deep activist flow of human history: "The primary aspiration of all history is a genuine community of human beings" (Martin Buber). We are called to translate our Unity with the Divine into a daily, practical, Unity with all of our sisters and brothers -- and the Divine Garden of Planet Earth. This Unity is a "communion of love" which shows itself in acts and policies of mercy, justice, kindness, equality, compassion, and harmlessness. Everything that truly negates our human divinity, like exploitation, greed, injustice, racism, discrimination, oppression, and violence must be both resisted and transformed. It is only by our mystical awakening, and then the activation of our possibilities, that we will find our bliss... and change the world...
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.