Transformation: how to effectively facilitate both personal and global transformation to the Good, the Kind, the Just, and the Beautiful?
Amma, the great saint of India, is now famous as the "hugging saint"... in India especially, but now through her world tours, Amma gives herself over to entire days simply hugging the throngs who come to receive her touch and blessing... of course, she is also instrumental in many works of mercy in India and around the world... But that which she teaches is the importance of attitude and intention...
Attitude and intention: are primary tools for the transformation we and the world are in such desperate need. Our minds and hearts -- which each of us are responsible for -- either serve as a means of our liberation, or as excuses for our oppression. That which we bring to our days is of fundamental importance! Let's "pick on" Rush Limbaugh as an example: what do you suppose his daily attitude and intention is? Do you think they are facilitating his (or anyone else's) happiness? Do you think that Mr. Limbaugh is ever really happy? Can you imagine him being kind to a homeless person he might pass on the street? Can you imagine him caressing a lover? Can you imagine him playing T-Ball with children? Well, enough of picking on poor Mr. Limbaugh... This is the very thing that is most important: the "seeds" that we sow in our mind through our attitudes and thoughts, and the "seeds" that we sow in our hearts through our intentions and feelings, will grow! Will those growing "plants" become fruitful and yield a harvest of happiness? Or are those "plants" becoming a field of brambles choking out the possibilities of anything nourishing growing?
Attitude and intention: we create our days through how we activate both (or not)! For the mystic-activist, we must give serious attention to this foundational principle of transformation: everything hinges upon our will to work this principle into our system, all the way down through blood and bones! Nothing will change "out there" if our "in here" is not changed: the fact of there is "no difference" between the out there and the in here must be understood: this is the core task none of us can skip out on... not if we really love our families, our friends and neighbors, and this precious blue Planet...
Here is a simple practice to help bring into focus this basic teaching: the One Love Blessing. As you rise in the morning and as you proceed through the course of your day, give the One Love Blessing to as many of the folks you encounter in your day: cultivate in your mind the thought, "I will act as blessing upon all I meet today"... cultivate in your heart the feeling, "I will care as blessing upon all I meet today"... Did you catch that? "I will act and I will care as blessing upon all": not, "I will give blessing", but "I will be blessing"... from that "being", we are made ready to give: either mentally or verbally simply say, "One Love Blessing" while looking at anyone / everyone: will blessing, and then think blessing, and then follow that will and thought by act: be blessing.
Genuine transformation must be built upon our attitudes and intentions for blessing: how else will it be Good, Kind, Just, or Beautiful? We are responsible for the change that is going to happen! We have, through our attitudes, intentions, and blessings, the power to effectively write a new story for humanity and this precious blue Planet... the activated compassion and love with which we live our lives will become an unstoppable force when we collectively end all the ways we curse one another: and instead think, speak, and act as One Love Blessing...
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.