"The way of love
is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation." -- Rumi
The Heart of the Matter: 1) We are Love. 2) The power of kindness, the perfect beauty of every act of love, awaits our activation in justice, compassion, and harmlessness... this is the total revolution that will unlock the door to paradise upon this precious blue Planet. 3) We have been created to revel in the radiance of our divine beauty. 4) With every breath, with every thought, with every word, with every action: One Love Blessing... and we will finally become instruments, channels, of the Lord's Peace... and all will be well, and all manner of things, well. 5) To live is to inevitably experience pain, suffering, and death. The key to our divine actualization is our complete identification and total solidarity with the Other and with Every Other: solidarity with / in the Other to the point of radical ego annihilation: the surrender of the illusion of being a separate self... (this is the "devastation" that Rumi wrote of)...
These five summary points are the very heart of the mystic-activist journey. To walk through life awakened to the essential beauty of the universe is possible! When the power-interests of our "little selves" are left behind (because we are no longer dominated by our fears), then suddenly every moment becomes pregnant with paradise possibilities! When paradise possibilities become our defining characteristic, the One Love lets loose a riot of Imagination -- how else do you think the Universe was born?
Sacred Imagination is another Name for the Holy One... Sacred Imagination is the root of "Boundless Compassion and Boundless Mercy and Beauty within Beauty within Beauty"... Sacred Imagination is the Active Power of the grace of forgiveness (an absolutely essential practice of the mystic-activist)-- but it is also how the Holy One makes love to time and un-creates every evil, and all violence, oppression, and injustice. Our awakening into Sacred Imagination is the enlivening force of a solidarity spirituality -- side-by-side we can walk with all those for whom to live means to suffer: but it is not an aimless meandering! No, for we are intent upon paradise! Everyone together, hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm, is the only way anyone enters Paradise... and it is all of us together... or no one at all...
"Suppose it never, ever comes true, and there is no paradise... well, I'll still go on preaching. And yet how simple a matter it is: in one day, in one hour it could all be brought about at once! The chief thing is to love others as oneself, that's the main thing, and that's it -- absolutely nothing more is necessary: you would immediately discover how to bring it about."
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Dream of a Ridiculous Man)
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.