Everyday comes with extraordinary possibilities: most especially, the opportunity to manifest your worth... Yes: to manifest your worth! For many, if not most of us, we hesitate to manifest anything that would compel us out of the ordinary... most of us are stuck on automatic... and so lead lives of a certain dread...
Somewhere around 35% of eligible voters actually got up the gumption to exercise their right to vote (of course, it was a Republican strategy to place as many barriers to voting as they could get away with... still, the overwhelming majority of voters simply chose not to show up: Republicans are emphatically stating that "the will of the people has now been heard"... I think it much more likely that "the will of the people" is to be found in those who didn't vote...
What might that will be? I am certain that the actual will of the people is that we be summoned to greatness: with an endless opening into our possibilities... It isn't that we want to be led, so much as we want the boots removed from our throats! We want to believe again that we all matter, that we count, that our lives are worth living, and that by our actions we can make the world a better place...
There are those who have chosen to serve privilege and power: they are most often the folks who do the bidding of their corporate donors and masters: they are the ones who lie about the "socialism" of "Obama Care": while it is instead, "capitalism on steroids": but FOX Not News cultivates the socialism meme and so their 35% voters really believe... "Repeal and Replace" is their mantra handed to them by their masters who want not the least limitation placed upon their privilege and power...
So what are we to do? We are to manifest our worth: in every way we can imagine: manifest our worth! For example: we need to mentally "repeal and replace" every notion that anyone has tried to convince us that we are not worth the very best: we are worth infinite Love: always! In every way we are all equal, deserving of a social system that liberates everyone into the fullness of their possibilities: no it is neither true nor is it good the idea that we are meant to individually carve out our destinies. No: we are supposed to organize our lives to serve the common good: and all power exists to serve and the only real privilege is to be an agent of compassion and justice through our lives, our businesses, our religions, and all of our associations: this is the very heart of true religion, succinctly summed up by Yeshua, the Poet of Nazareth, who said, "I give you a New Commandment: love one another as I have loved you!"
Free health care, right?! Equal rights for women! Everyone has equal standing and a seat at the table of the Master! Peace is the way: nonviolence is the practice! We are all responsible for one another! When the dinner bell is sounded, no one is ever left outside or without! This is the Gospel of the Poet! Contemplative prayer is how we hit the refresh button in our minds: we first "change our minds" so that we can "drop" them into our hearts and surrender... rising up from our prayer, we re-create our daily lives to the construction of a solidarity culture and economics: this is the democratic action the rest of the world yearns to see in and from America: this is what we are all worth!
Billionaire thieves and their "entertainment" spokespersons require our full presence and participation in all the great issues of our times: life upon this precious blue Planet is @Risk: many species go extinct every single day: tens of thousand of children starve to death every single day: women in very few places have equal rights: LGBT folks are still frequent victims of abuse and violence: our natural resources serve only the profit of the few: weapons of war and the calculations of the mad are still a threat to everyone: and there are more guns than people in this "greatest nation on earth": we are suffering from depression, drugs, alcoholism, racism, unemployment, under-employment, sexism, every-phobia-ism, and manipulative religions... It really is time to activate both our compassion and our contemplation: there is no time to waste!
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.