What are you looking for? What is the great hunger of your heart? What are those things that have you feeling trapped? How are you boxed in -- what routes of escape are you considering? What is the source of your hope? How will you activate your intention? When will you be free?
We are just two days past Christmas 2012 -- for many followers of Yeshua, the Poet of Nazareth, a time of remembrance and of giving: remembrance of a beautiful life lived as a spoken poem gracing the world with a promise of peace and communion: and giving, the giving of gifts representing love, kindness, and joy... but for the majority of Yeshua's devotees: they live in poverty in the developing nations of the world... and so their remembrance and their giving is of an entirely different "color" than that of his "first world followers"... this is important as a frame of reference for the questions listed above...
Perhaps it would be helpful to consider "What are you looking for?" by first considering your essential remembrance and giving... What memory do you hold closest to your heart? Is it the memory itself, or the feeling that the memory inspires? If your most precious memory were the definition of what you most hunger for: could you boil that down to one word? And consider giving: consider it in terms of the most precious part of you that you want -- with your whole being to give away and have it be received and cherished with joy -- what would that be?
Where am I expecting these questions to lead? Well, I am certain that we all already know the answer: Love! Of course! Well, if we are going to continue with being honest, we also have to admit that we have -- probably most of us -- been profoundly hurt in our experience of love (as we have hurt others): yet it is always to Love that we keep circling back to... it is always to Love that we look for a way out of our cages, traps, and stories... it is always Love that holds within us the brightest fires of our lives... And -- of course, again -- to Love means to not be alone! To love means to consciously enter into a communion of persons: "rubbing relationships" this way and that: but most of all, to Love means to consciously enter the vivifying Love of the Holy One, from Whom All Being and Every Thing Flows: to Love means to consciously choose to order all things according to the requirements and practice of Love: every Other becomes an equal and free Person: every Other is worthy of the very best -- Justice, Equality, Safety, Kindness, and Beauty: every Other is equally compelled to build up this New Creation of Radiance and Mutual Liberation: our daily lives -- and our collective economics, culture, religions, and politics -- becomes the "playing field" of intention and practice: resulting in a obvious increase of Love, Harmony, Justice, Equality, and Peace -- or we are not, in fact, loving! It is all connected...
I want to be opened by Love! Isn't that what you, too, want? But I want more! I want to be opened by Love everyday for the rest of my life! How about you? I want to be an "opener", too. I want to be an agent of both remembrance and of giving. Don't you? I want to be a part of a community of Lovers gathered to uplift and rejoice with each other. Do you? I've been battered and bruised enough by life that I can be humble and laugh and have no need to judge anymore. Does this sound like you? I've been "on the road" long enough that I am aware of the preciousness of time and of each moment to live in awe, wonder, surrender, service, and adoration. How about you? This is the real alchemical transformation of our times -- this is the shift in consciousness begging for universal release -- this is the "spiritual hammer" to bust out of our boxes: and then to build the Earth according to the liberating possibilities of Love... and someday, someday, every one will have shelter, safety, health, beauty, and radiance: with a "Welcome Home" sign hanging upon every door...
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.