In this day of Mr. Trump, what does it mean to be "seeking the luminous heart"?
I have written that it is incumbent upon us to cultivate an active resistance -- rooted in contemplative experience -- to the ideology of profit, privilege, and power as exemplified by Mr. Trump. While his "fans" boast of supporting his border and immigration policies and verbiage, those of us to the "left" of his perspective look with alarm at the separation of children from parents and the holding of those children in what amounts to low-level prisons. And with the news announcing Justice Kennedy's retirement, I think that we need to give a little bit of extra time to the clarification of our thought... and following actions...
Thinking simply, and perhaps crassly, we will be tempted to think of enemies, or at least of "us" as opposed to "them". ICE for example thoroughly pushes my buttons. But how anxious would I be if the Directors of the NRA were the ones being detained and threatened with deportation to Russia? Would you give them a chuckle or two? I probably would! I think that our resistance and contemplation -- our adherence to the Way -- requires of us something deeper. Something that expands into wide vistas...
The ideology of Mr. Trump and of those who dream of their own "advancement" into the high realm of profit, privilege, and power is a dance with a partner not worth holding. That which opens onto the "Way" is something entirely "other" than the pitiful dreams of the rich man or the seeker of riches. The "Way" is all about seeking the luminous with which to really and truly live! This heart has nothing at all to do with the Unholy Trinity of Mr. Trump.
To be seeking the luminous heart with which to really and truly live is to be about the "secret" work of living the Beloved Community right now. Why must you think that you have to wait? As a devotee of the Little Brown Lady, I am certain that I am on the right side of history: justice, equality, a vibrant democracy, cooperativism, simple living, harmony, gentleness, gender reconciliation, a spirituality of Oneness, serving the regeneration of Planet Earth, and nonviolence are the sign, symbols, and samples of the New Creation -- even now -- being birthed among us! The "mystic kiss of redemption" is freely given to all who surrender to the rEvolution of transfiguration! The power consciousness of Mr. Trump has nothing over us... The visionary imagination will light the path of all who are seeking a luminous heart! So ask your partner to this dance into the future!
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.