If there is any possibility for peace and reconciliation among peoples, it will finally come through an in-flow of Sophia-Wisdom... perhaps, we might aid this wisdom of the Divine Feminine by cherishing and living the beauty and radical kindness of these words from St. John of the Cross: "One should first know that God sustains every soul and dwells in it substantially even though it may be that of the greatest sinner in the world. This union between God and creatures always exists." This is the wisdom of the Mother who loves -- no, adores -- each and every one of Her children equally... The soul's journey of Remembrance is through every veil of separation... into the Oneness of Realization: "I am You, You are Me, and We are All Together: One"... The very center of our individualized self is Oneness: the very center of Reality is: Oneness... That is our home... That is the dream of peace and justice that inflames our minds and hearts...
The in-flow of Sophia-Wisdom continues... "The transformation of the soul in God is indescribable. Everything can be expressed in this statement: The soul becomes God from God through participation in him and in his attributes." (St. John of the Cross) In the fluid mystery of Oneness, the Soul and Source, in Love, for love, and by Love, gives possession of Itself to the Other: this exchange is a transformation that re-creates both in Love... This is our destiny! This is also incredibly radical economics, politics, culture, and religion!
There is no greater need than that of our transformation -- through the art of remembrance -- into Love through Oneness. Look around you! Folks with assault rifles slung across their backs walk into supermarkets: it's just a hop, skip, and a jump before they are crazily shooting at "their enemies" just like the Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq and Syria... just like the Israelis and Palestinians... just like... and on and on... And yet, and yet, we are all brothers and sisters from the One Source, returning to the very same One Source... And the same goes for the Koch brothers and the rest of the 1% folks: we are all sisters and brothers therefore justice should make evident compassion, mercy, and kindness... We live in a world that celebrates division, that cultivates greed, that fosters disharmony as cultural, religious, and political imperatives: for "me" to be "right" requires that "you" be "wrong"! And yet, we live, move, and have our being in One Love: the transformation that is both possible -- and that we seek -- will naturally follow after our self-emptying: everything goes: opinions, attachments, prejudices, fears, ideas of power, independence, and affluence, etc. And into this now divine vacuum, is an unleashing of Radical Desire: "I care, therefore I am!" The cultivation of Beauty, Kindness, Equality, Justice, and Peace re-directs both personal behavior and the policies and practices of social, political, religious, and economic institutions: "I am You, You are Me, and We are All Together: One": and we will awaken into the New Morning of Transformation...
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.