2012... the weight of our human presence on this precious blue Planet is crushing it -- not the collective weight of our bodies -- but the actual weight of the harm we inflict upon each other, upon all life forms, and upon the oceans and all the lands of Earth. We have left no place untouched, as we have left no person unharmed... acting as if we have no meaning and no purpose higher than exploitation, and no justification so bald that we won't destroy anyone and anything that gets in our path...
2012: It is time for a new humanity!
Perhaps there is no better way to introduce the new human than by remembering our Divine Mother, our Source and our Sustainer. (Read The Chalice & The Blade by Riane Eisler). Long before the warrior gods arrived to unveil their "day of domination" (for centuries now), the Earth Mother was the playground of life... still, remnants of Her Play exist in every culture and every religion -- no matter the extent of efforts to wipe her memory from this precious blue Planet... there is no need here to list all of the violence and injustices inflicted upon this Planet, upon all life, and especially upon women and children... but there is a need to remember...
There is no better means of remembrance than the daily intention to practice "no harm" in one's personal and family relationships, in one's work and economy, in one's politics and culture, and of course, in one's religion... reactions to this suggestion are a great litmus test as to how deeply imbedded one is in the dominator paradigm and how deeply the dominator paradigm dictates the course of one's thinking, speaking, and acting. To the degree that our thoughts, words, and actions reflect "no harm" are we in fact approaching genuine civilization and a living religion... (Read The Return of the Mother by Andrew Harvey).
What are you thinking? Are you ready for real and substantial change? Are you going to activate your sacred heart into all of it's divine possibilities? What needs to happen for you to decide that you were created for radiance and to radiance you must tend? (Read Awakening by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and The Great Turning by David C. Korten).
Here is a very simple prayer of intention to actively engage in your transformation, and the service of all life and this precious blue Planet:
"Divine Mother of No Harm, I lift up my intention to love without limits and place that intention into Your hands as if it were an offering of red roses. I will to reflect in my daily life Your play and passion for Beauty and for Justice. I will be Your voice, Your hands, and Your feet upon this precious blue Planet! OM Peace Amen."
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.