"The entire world has been embraced by the Creator's kiss." -- Hildegard of Bingen
How do you sleep at night?
How do you wake up in the morning -- with whose eyes do you gaze out upon the world? Have you lost the eyes of your inner child? Where, along the way, did you lose them? Was it when you were hurt by someone -- one too many times? Was it when you woke up, on another morning, and realized that it was you who had been hurting the one to whom you pledged your love? These few questions are not meant to distress you, rather, they are simply meant to serve as a cup of tea for you to sip... not a sweet tea, of course, but the tea that brings with it the promise of an opening...
We are, each one of us, made for an unlimited and an unending amount of bliss -- for each one of us has been touched by the Creator's Kiss... Yes! The Holy One truly makes love to you with every breath that you take! Ah! Isn't breath a wonderful orgasmic delight! Isn't this morning, isn't this moment, stunningly beautiful? If this isn't your normal, everyday, life experience, shouldn't you consider a quick "cut and run"?
Your Creator is kissing you! So, what is keeping you from following your bliss? You have been made for radiance -- yet here you are, not yet ready to commit to its actual possibility... how many days and nights will you endure before you take the radical leap of faith into your radiance? Or, will you never summon the courage to really believe that you are worth the tender lips of the Creator? Even now, those very lips are brushing against your skin! That breath is so close to you that it is going directly into your lungs... how can you still be sitting down?
Why aren't you sprawling across your bed laughing yourself silly? Why aren't you running around into your life hugging and kissing like the mad fool you are inside your heart? Why aren't you setting free the lips that are on your face to kiss and kiss and most especially to speak peace, kindness, beauty, and blessing to everyone you meet today? Do this, and then go back tomorrow, and answer the question, "how did you sleep last night?"
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.