"Never war! Never war! I think most of all about children, whose hopes for a dignified life, a future are dashed, dead children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphans, children who have the leftovers for war toys, children who don't know how to smile. Stop it, please! I beg you with all my heart! It's time to stop!"
"Let's remember that everything is lost with war and nothing is lost with peace."
-- Pope Francis
There is a "secret" saying in mystic circles: "I was a hidden treasure and desired to be known -- so I created the Universe and Consciousness that I might be discovered" (The Holy One)... Whoever can place a child in their midst and accept the death of that child as a consequence of war -- cannot then turn and pretend to entertain the least little thought of the Holy and of the Love that is the Only Reality: no one can build weapons and then sell them and profit from the death of that same child and likewise hope to turn and pretend to entertain the least little thought of the Holy and of the Love that is the Only Reality: no one can entertain any system of greed, exploitation, or oppression... no one can assault, harm, or marginalize any person... no one can sit on the side-lines of life and the required pursuit of justice, equality, and peace and then turn and pretend to entertain the least little thought of the Holy and of the Love that is the Only Reality... The Only Reality is a seamless garment of intention and being...
Intention: every possibility for good is rooted in Sacred Intention: what limits do I place upon my love? What borders do I erect and defend? Who is in and who is out of my community? Do I will the good; do I intend justice, equality, kindness, mercy, and compassion for every other? Do I judge the success and the failure of my day upon my honest pursuit of manifesting my Sacred Intention: in Imitation and Identification with the Holy One?
Being: every possibility for beauty is rooted in Sacred Being: consciousness always comes wrapped in sacred skin: do I revere the existential reality of every other by the steady practice of justice and kindness? Is compassion and mercy the life-blood of my being? Is my life bearing witness to the dignity of the person and of creation through the advocacy and implementation of policies that serve to fully develop and liberate every person, and the good stewardship of this precious blue Planet?
Life is meant to be lived in such a way that the act of living actualizes the discovery of the Hidden Treasure... Our homes, communities, and nations are meant to become mirrors that reflect the Beauty of the Divine Beloved: each one to the other... The only competition that is sacred is this competition: "Today I will strive to love more than Love Itself!" And while we are beginning to think and live anew, let's one-up "Doctors Without Borders" and name ourselves, "Citizens Without Borders"... and then finally, "Lovers All Without Borders": for it is That Loving -- and only That Loving -- which will reveal the Hidden Treasure: the Divine needs us to Love One Another: for it is only through our hearts, eyes, and hands that the Divine can know Itself...
Now: consider the sad state of the war-profiteers... consider the so-called immigration crisis... consider the agendas of the powerful and privileged... consider the plight and suffering of the poor... consider the continuing oppression of women... consider the sexual slavery of children... consider the shoes that you wear and where they come from: who made them? Now: invoke your Sacred Intention and Being: and begin to change the world: we have been waiting for 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.