Contemplation and Action
Where are the places in which you awaken to the Divine Presence? What are the practices that deepen your contemplative practices? Why should you care if the Holy -- the Quantum -- cares about you?
How might you / I increase our capacity for experiencing this Love?
When will it be the real day of your / my birth?
Or, as the ancient Zen koan goes, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"
Or, as the old Navajo prayer goes, "Beauty above me, beauty below me, beauty behind me, into beauty I walk"...
In still other words, all around us in every possible direction, there is the "Holy of Holies" , the Quantum Consciousness... Whatever door we enter and take off our shoes, we are standing on holy ground... Everything that we do: from sweeping the floor to kneeling before a holy Icon, from making love to organizing for justice: is a moment that is "pregnant with paradise"... As St. Francis intimated by his radically open and wild abandonment into the "folly" of Love, we become the "Mothers of God" by each of our actions... Every detail of an awakening life is the means to a perfect contemplative end...
In every home, from the meanest hovel to the most magnificent castle, there are two places of exceptional access to Divinity. The first is the Kitchen and Table of meals: here, life is prepared to feed life... Kitchens are sacred spaces filled with divine potential. The cooks are the ministers of communion. The pots, skillets, and pans are the sacred vessels meant for the preparation and the transport of the divine from "potential" to "actual". A person, a family, or a community sits at the Table to receive the gifting that builds, strengthens, and makes love visible and tasty...
The second place of exceptional access to Divinity is the Bed of Lovers. As in the Stunning-Beyond-Comprehention-Song of Songs in the Hebrew Scriptures, so too is the bed of lovers. If not in "this" bed, where else would the Divine Quantum Consciousness exult in manifestation? Of course, "everywhere" is the answer, but that "everywhere" has focal points of power: when "temples" of the Divine meet in sacred sex and gift orgasmic pleasure, each with another, the manifested Reality -- even for just a moment -- becomes a luminous space: as it were, a "Cathedral of Quantum Manifestation" is timelessly constructed...
Sweeping the floor, attentively cooking food, and gifting sexual pleasure are sacred means -- from among many -- that effectively cultivate an environment of luminosity: space and time are bridged by the brooms of love-in-action... tender mouths open to receive the gifts of food... bodies undress to merge skin-to-skin... And the darkness of our fears do recede... and the darkness will receive our cultivated light...
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.