The What if? and the Why not?
Primordial Oneness: Tao
Breathing in -- the Unity -- the Source...
Breathing out -- the Energy -- the Creation...
Nonexistence and Existence both
Continues within our every breath...
Awakening is "Only One".
"Iona" is the myth of the "thin place"... an island of Scotland... and heart of Celtic Christianity... Thin: as in our one task as human beings is to unveil the Divine Consciousness within and surrounding each and every one of us... Thin: as in this One Reality is pregnant within us: waiting for our mothering through gracious hospitality, compassion, justice, and nonviolence... Thin: as in our very own personal "what if?" and "why not?"
We are each called to make a pilgrimage of heart: if not to Iona, then at least to the Iona of our Sacred Imagination... in a world being torn apart by the lust of greed, privilege, and power, we have the sacred responsibility to remember who we are and what our destiny is: we are individualized "units" of Quantum Consciousness -- the Thought that imagines the Universe into being -- and to Whom we are returning through all of the practices of remembrance...
We are It.
So teaches the great yogi Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian through her Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, California. "Forgetfulness" is profoundly evident in the politics of Mr. Donald Trump... somewhat less so in Secretary Clinton (less so because of the strength of her commitment to the equality of women with men)... The politics of division and hate are readily fostered by every brand of extremist: but what we are in actual need of is the "extremism" of a global transformation rooted in nonviolence and compassion...
One by one, we need to "thin out" our minds and jettison all that would have us think that we are separate from anyone else: or that we are not "of, by, and for this Precious Blue Planet"... We need to remember the Tao -- the Way -- that is the "Love one another" as taught by the Master, the Poet of Nazareth, Yeshua: Love is the "thin place" that really matters... try it with your partner, with a friend or neighbor: engage in the Holy Competition of who can love more than Infinite Love Itself...
Our daily life is the "Iona" of our sacred practice... Living as a gentle flowing stream is the Way... gifting the water of service and kindness... gifting the water of welcoming shelter and safety... gifting the water of equality and justice... gifting the water of imagination and beauty... Imagine the Possibilities already alive within you!
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.