How is your heart captured?
What sets your spirit free to soar, where perhaps before, fear kept it limited and bound?
Why not awaken to the possibility that you are infinite?
The mere fact of your very next breath should stun you with absolute wonder! To live intent upon wonder, surprise, delight, and an everyday-bliss is to proclaim by your very being: I am ready to love! This intention is the seed of Divine Life within you! This intention holds within it an unlimited capacity for grace, for good, and for beauty: this intention unlocks the Sacred Meaning of the Universe: "We have been created by Love, for Love, to become Love."
Our daily lives are meant to be lived as "Schools of Love", where everyone is our teacher, and where the conscious courses of study are always "Love's Lessons"... a caress is soft and gentle, a massage is deep and sensual, and work for justice and peace is conflict and struggle: but each and all, are filled with aspects of "Love's Lessons"...
Who is going to teach enough men -- so the world can change -- how to caress, how to massage, and how to build peace and justice? Is it really the task of women to kiss the world's brutes and change them into true human beings? What is the "idiot-spirit" that possesses so many men to set out upon the path of brutality -- what "idiot-spirit" convinces so many men to abuse, rape, shoot, bomb, exploit, oppress, manipulate, and justify? What is the "idiot-spirit" that allows so many men: in the finest of suits, uniforms, and robes: to give orders to maim and destroy? What is the "idiot-spirit" that drives so many men to live for the power in Greed: when billions of their fellow humans suffer incredible poverty and tens of thousands die of malnutrition and starvation everyday?
Having deeply pondered these questions -- and many others besides -- the great wisdom teachers of the world, like the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn, and Amma, each in their own way teach that "Love is the only force of transformation"... only Love can crack open the tightly sealed doors of the heart to let in the warming light of mercy, compassion, and forgiveness... only Love is capable of transforming an enemy into a dear companion... What can bring rich and poor together in justice? Only Love... What can reconcile Jew and Palestinian? Only Love... What can heal the world's racial divides? Only Love... What can open the doors of equality and opportunity to women and minorities? Only Love...
In Love is our human liberation: not, of course, the "love" memorialized in a Hallmark card: but the Love that is big enough to stand for a total and complete rEvolution: the Love that is big enough to demand that a new history of humanity be lived and written: the Love that shouts, "We are each and all worth the very best: and we will not settle for anything less!" The Love that is small enough to cherish the flutter of a hummingbird's wings... and expansive enough to embrace every being, and time and space as well, with the practical liberation of possibilities... "Love's Lessons" are ready for distribution and for practice: who will declare as a student?
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.