Mutual adoration and surrender: this is, of course, the means to a great love: as it is to our human quest for an experience of the Divine... But! This is a risky enterprise! To adore and to surrender requires of us "new minds": minds that become the subjects -- not the masters -- of our hearts: we become compelled to make decisions based upon an all-encompassing love and reverence for the "other": so much so, that in some sense the "other" becomes our very own true self. "Right" and "wrong" are re-cast into a web of contemplative connections: "I am You, You are Me, and We are All together: One"... From this new perspective, mystic-intuition becomes the door-way to untold possibilities of discovery...
Right now, at this precise moment in human history / evolution, the most radical religious or political act any of us can undertake is this turning from "division" to Sacred Unity. Everywhere we look around us, men are afraid of other men: opting for demonizing every difference, every contrary opinion or belief: ready to strike out in "justified" anger or violence: oftentimes by invoking ideas of a superior "patriotism" or " right religion". But if there is a truly Sacred Name for the creative-consciousness that is, at the same time, transcendent and immanent, it must be that of "Oneness"... A Oneness that is not in any way separate or apart from us (everyone and everything), but is, as it were, the very "within" of our jugular vein...
This essential Oneness is evident in the core teaching of Yeshua the Poet: when asked as to what he thought the Great Commandment was, he is reported to have said, "Love the One with all of your mind, heart, and strength; and your neighbor as yourself". This vital link of "One" is the ingredient of inestimable value whether one is considering a love relationship or the Love Relationship! "One" is also the way out from the plague of injustice, greed, oppression, fear, and violence that is threatening so many lives and the very life of this precious blue Planet. While some, in their madness, will strike out, harm, or kill their families and loved ones, most people who justify violence draw a line there: oneness is the assuredness that every "other" is family and one's sacred "other" self: only when we actively, religiously, cultivate this essential value and truth will we find our path into peace, justice, harmony, and
Circling back to where we began with "mutual adoration and surrender": that which is true for lovers is also true for everyone: this is the most radical economics and politics possible! Can you imagine a culture that consciously practiced "mutual adoration and surrender"? Can you imagine how instantly safe we would all become? Can you imagine how easy it would be to be happy? Isn't this the "welcome home" that everyone needs -- and we all deserve? So, if you want to discover the meaning of your life and of religion: practice the Oneness exemplified by Yeshua the Poet: this Jesus fits with every religion, no need to change your form! One is who you are... One is who everyone is... One is this precious blue Planet... One is this amazing Universe!
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.