The "Secret Garden" explored by mystic-activists is that of "Oneness"... that we as human beings are taught through our cultures, religions, economics, and politics to see only those things which divide and separate us from the Divine, others, and with this precious blue Planet is the root problem that we face as individual persons and as peoples. To see only division when the real "One Reality" is Unity is to "live" a schizophrenia of the heart: it is impossible to be happy under this condition: and yet, there is no better description of our current state of collective being. Mystic-activists intuit there is another Way...
Dropping the schizophrenia of the heart for the liberation of Love, the mystic-activist chooses to live "I am You, You are Me, and We are All Together: One"... Whew! What a relief! The phony world of retail politics, religion, and "love" can be up-ended by a completely different interpretation of life: an interpretation based on actual reality. not the world of domination, exploitation, injustice, oppression, and violence. The ends simply do not justify the means! Means and ends are, as Gandhi taught, identical; they are one and the same. Whew again! That means that we can actually regain our integrity as a civilized people! And what rEvolution this means for faith and spirituality! If means and ends are the same, then perhaps we can really take that mystic-leap and realize that the Divine and Human are also intimately united from cell to consciousness!
The Divinization of Human isn't some sort of "top-down" affair: but we are born into It: we breathe with the breath of the Divine: we drink the Mother's Milk of Divinity: we caress and kiss Divinity in our lover: and we give Birth to the Holy One through our every act of Love, Compassion, and Justice! There is no separation: God is not over there, up there, or anywhere other than right here, right now: in you, in me, and in our exploding atoms popping out all over the place: the only substantial Reality is That One and We are It as It is Us and We are All Together: One... this is what is known as bliss...
We can't grab it, put it in a box with a price tag, and begin some sort of successful marketing campaign! But we can volunteer in a Soup Kitchen. We can write a poem and post it on a café bulletin board. We can make free art. We can cherish our lover. We can organize a demonstration. We can vote the separatists out and the progressives in. We can practice our freedom to become the person we really wish everyone else would be! We can become Love-in-motion: living everyday to love a little bit more... we can surrender to the Absolute... we can adore the Holy... and we can remember who we are and become That: the Bliss of One...
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.