Dissolving into the Primal Ecstasy:
Into the Breath,
Into the Silence,
Into the Music,
Into the Water,
Into the Garden:
Everything fits exceedingly well...
(from "Sevens In The Rain" by RS)
For many in the Christian West, the "mind" is the primary avenue to an acceptable expression of faith: giving voice to the mental acceptance of an idea, or series of ideas as in a Creed, is considered essential to the Catholic-Christian experience. Similarly, the scriptural literalist, while professing faith as a matter of the heart, still considers the "mind" as essential to the same Christian experience: only from this perspective, the correct interpretation of sacred scripture is now the key ingredient.
While both of these perspectives have a certain "initiatory" validity, neither can elevate consciousness into the mystic or "Unitive" experience. Both can be good "places" from which to begin the journey of faith, however as destinations, neither can provide that for which the soul truly hungers... That which is true for the Christian West is equally true for each of the other major world religions: one need only give a smidgen of attention to the news to become aware of how religious believers excel in constructing webs of justification for every sort of means of domination and cruelty...
The Unitive or mystic path, though, is first of all a remembrance of our essential humanity: we are beings with bodies, consciousness, and "soul" or "heart-essence" that encompasses or penetrates every aspect of our being... We exist within a cosmic rhythm of expansion and contraction: we exist as "particles" of One Love that is Earth-Being: the stars, planets, and moon don't just exist "out there" for we are also of the very same "stuff" and Imagination that is the Source and Energy of everything... the ocean tides ebb and flow within our breath, as our breath ebbs and flows within the Rhythm of the Holy One... By following our breath we can set aside the hypnosis of "right thinking" and recover our primal ecstasy... and discover the entrance to the Garden of Eternal Delight...
"When you make the two, one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the above as the below, and when you make the male and female into a single one, so that male will not be male, and female not be female, then you shall enter the Kingdom." (Gospel of Thomas, Logion 22). "Right thinking", which is always according to someone's definition, requires separation into "this" and "that"; "good" and "bad", "beautiful" and "ugly", and "right" and "wrong". But the mystic path of the Unitive is the reconciliation of opposites as described in the Gospel of Thomas. The essential characteristic of the Unitive is the Divine Feminine: the Mother as the revelation of the original and new Solidarity Paradigm: the Mother refuses to choose between her children and opts instead to love without limits: distant stars, this precious blue Planet, the sacred ecology of inter-being: everything and everyone, without the distinctions required by "right thinking"... perhaps one could say, liberation is a "leftward" leap into "Only One"... "where everything fits exceedingly well"...
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.