Ah, the search for the lost keys... as the minutes mount in frustration, as the negative "what if's" collect in the mind, and as a final "how can I be so stupid as to do this again?" slaps you on the back of the head... whew! You didn't lose your keys, yeah! This brief blog is just a reminder of the one most essential "key" needed by everyone on the path of transformation: are you ready?
Here goes: your heart: yes, you are reading this right: your heart! Are you thinking that you are never without that, so how could that ever be a lost or forgotten key? Ah, here's the rub: "Whatever you do to the least of your sisters or brothers you do to me" and "Do to others exactly what you want done to you". In other words, it really is all about your heart: how you love -- more specifically, how you love the person least love-able according to you -- is the exact measure of your transformation... It is through an activated compassion that transformation is accomplished.
In other words again, there must be no limit to your acceptance of responsibility for every "other". True love is an act of will -- in the very center of the heart. Love is an intention to place the good of everyone as equal to your own. Love is a decision to implement policies that honor the common good. Love is personal service becoming political action for equality, justice, and peace. Love is an economics of solidarity and liberation for everyone. Love is dynamic, inclusive, and always pointing towards rEvolution... Love is the deep connection uniting every person within the embrace of blessing and reverence... Love is the Divine Energy, the Divine Consciousness, manifesting right here, right now...
There is no room for bullshit in Love... (other than in the fields where it belongs)... you simply cannot say that you "love God and your brother and sister" if you are supporting, voting for, or personally acting in such a way as to cause harm to others. You cannot say that you love anyone at all -- especially God -- if you hold a sign that says "God Hates Fags": you cannot say that you love God if you are selling guns to kill others: you cannot say that you love anyone if you are voting to eliminate health care, or food, for those in need: you cannot say that you love God if your economics is all about oppression, exploitation, and domination of others: you cannot say that you love your sister if you deny her equal access to every avenue of equality and power: you cannot say that you love your brother if you don't assist in the creation of systems of liberation, and instead increase funding for prisons: you cannot say that love is anywhere near you if you steadily ignore the tens of thousands of children who die of malnutrition, hunger, and violence every single day of the year!
Love means, literally means, that you are actively co-creating the conditions necessary for every life to flourish! Love means that you are actively co-creating a beautiful world of beautiful people -- with no one left out or left behind: no one! Love means that you are actively manifesting Divine Love in your everyday life: in your family, in your business, in your politics, in your religion, and in everything you buy or sell! Love means that when you sit to meditate: not a single breath is about you: but every breath is for the Divine "Other", your most intimate Self, and for every "other", still your truest and most intimate self! This is the key to transformation: Yeshua passed it on to you when he said, "Love one another as I have loved you." No bullshit.
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.